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Configure Google Mail in Thunderbird (Macintosh)

Note: These instructions follow the latest version of the software noted above. For other versions, there may be some variation, but the information below should serve as a guide to get you started. To identify the version of your software, look for the About link in the software's main menu or Help menu.

  1. First, follow the steps to enable IMAP access, turn on 2-step verification, and get an application-specific password.
    Configure Google Mail for Email Software & Mobile Devices.
  2. Open Thunderbird. The first time you launch Thunderbird after installing it, a Would you like a new email address? window will open. Click Skip this and use my existing email. The Mail Account Setup window will open.
    Note: If you are not opening Thunderbird for the first time, go to Tools > Account Settings... and from the Account Actions drop-down menu (bottom left), select Add Mail Account... The Mail Account Setup window will open. You can now follow the instructions below.
  3. In the Mail Account Setup window:
    • In the Your name: field, enter your name.
      Note: This will appear in the From field of your outgoing messages.
    • In the Email Address: field, enter your Google Mail address.
      (e.g., NetID@umass.edu).
    • In the Password: field, enter your Application Specific Password generated by Google.
    • Click Continue. The window will expand to show more options and a message saying that Thunderbird failed to find the settings for your email account will appear.
  4. In the Incoming: line (first row) of the expanded Mail Account Setup window:
    • From the drop-down menu next to Incoming, select IMAP.
    • In the Server hostname field, enter imap.googlemail.com.
    • In the Port field, enter (or select from the drop-down menu) 993.
    • In the SSL field, select SSL/TLS.
    • In the Authentication field, select Normal password.
    In the Outgoing: line (second row):
    • In the Server hostname field, enter smtp.googlemail.com.
    • In the Port field, enter (or select from the drop-down menu) 465.
    • In the SSL field, select SSL/TLS.
    • In the Authentication field, select Normal password.
    In the Username: field (third row), enter your Google Mail address
    (e.g., NetID@umass.edu). Your NetID might already be filled in, but make sure you add @umass.edu.

    Click Done. The mail account setup window will close and Thunderbird will attempt to verify your settings. If successful, your email address will appear under Local Folders (top left). To view your email messages in Thunderbird, click Inbox (under your email address).

Congratulations! Thunderbird is now configured to send and receive messages with your Google mail account.

Now that you've finished setting up your mail to access Google Mail, we suggest that you configure your software to Look up UMass Amherst Email Addresses with Thunderbird for Macintosh.