I would like to check/send emails from my desktop using Thunderbird. How do I set it up to pull down my Gmail emails, and send out emails through my Gmail account?


Here's how to do it for IMAP and POP access.

Also, if you select to create a new account in the latest Thunderbird, it will have a "Gmail" option that automates a lot of it for you. I think it's POP though.

  • +1, have used gmail + tbird for about a year now and lovin' it! – Avery Payne Jul 17 '09 at 4:41
  • Last time I used T'bird it had that ability (circa 2008), and it was POP-only. If you use your email on more than one system, you will definitely want to set it up to use IMAP. – Andrew Scagnelli Jul 31 '09 at 19:52

Lifehacker had a very nice article on doing this.

Turn Thunderbird into the Ultimate Gmail IMAP Client


Be very sure to understand how the Gmail Trash works, and how to use its SMTP server. When in doubt, see some more details at Greyed out emails in Mail.app.

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