User Help for Mozilla Thunderbird
We recently downloaded T-bird v. 2.0 after having successfully used the previous version for 2 years. There are two login accounts on our windows machines; my husband and I each have our own pop3 email accounts through gmail. My email works fine. My husband's does not. Thunderbird wants a password every time we open it, but won't accept anything we give it. He changed his gmail password two days ago -- works fine on the webmail, but not on Thunderbird. It is 8 characters long.
Have you checked (and double checked) all of the other settings in that account to ensure that the non-working one has the same values (except for the userID of course) as the working one? Has the Gmail account been set to permit POP downloading? (Sometimes that settings gets lost on Google.)
What is the exact text of the error message you are getting?
Thanks for your reply.
Yes, I've checked and rechecked all the settings and they are in sync.
The Gmail POP setting says, "Status: POP is enabled for all mail that has arrived since Jan 22"
First T-bird asks for a password (which it never used to): "Enter your password for (enter husban'ds name)@gmail.com on pop.gmail.com." I put in the password and then get this error: "Sending of password did not succeed. Mailserver pop.gmail.com responded: Username and password not accepted."
Thanks for helping me with this.
Go to TOOLS > OPTIONS > PRIVACY > PASSWORDS > EDIT SAVED PASSWORDS and see if you have an old password saved for that account. If so, click on it and then on the "Remove" button. The next time you "Get Mail" Thunderbird will ask for the password and you can check the box to remember the value.
Unfortunately, there are no saved passwords to remove. Any other ideas? I hope?
Just to confirm, under Tools->Account Settings->Server Settings->Security Settings you have "SSL" selected and the username entered is just the portion of the email address before the @ symbol.
Yeah, that's what we've got. Is it possible that the POP account wants a different password, rather than the one he uses to access his gmail as webmail? If so is there a place to reset that?
By the way, in the server settings area, just below where the SSL button is chosen, there's a checkbox for "secure authentication." We don't have that checked. Is that anything relevant?
Not on the POP settings. It is important on the SMTP settings.
Is your port set to 995?
Yes, the pop port is set to 995.
What is the correct configuration for the SMTP settings? I was playing (messing) around with variations, and now no matter what have selected in the "Use Secure Connection" area (including "no"), I get a message when starting Thunderbird saying that the mail server does not support a secure connection.
Here's my complete GMail walkthrough, both POP and SMTP
First, setup the account on the GMail website. Under Settings there, select the Forwarding & POP tab and enable POP. That's the main thing you need to do there for now.
Now, setup your new account with these settings:
Incoming Server: pop.gmail.com
User name: Your full GMail email address
Then in Tools>Account Settings>*GMail account*>Server Settings
Port number: 995
Secure connection settings: SSL
Now go to Tools>Account Settings>Outgoing Server (SMTP) (at the bottom of the list of accounts on the left)>New (one of the buttons on the right)
Outgoing server: smtp.gmail.com
Port number: 587
Secure connection settings: TLS
Check "Use name and password" and enter your GMail email address as the user name again.
Now, back to Tools>Account Settings, but click on the account name this time. In the dropdown at the bottom of the page, select the GMail SMTP server to assign it to this account.
That should be it.
I am having the exact same problem with passwords not being recognized. I have gone through this entire post and still can't find anything wrong in my setup.
Has there been any updates on this issue.
Are you using GMail? If not, start a new topic, please.
I am trying to get TB to work with gmail and POP.
When I start TB and click "Get Mail" it asks me for my password to pop3.gmail.com over and over again. I have the same problem when I try to compose and send email.
My problem seems identical to the problem described in this forum. There didn't seem to be a resolution. I have tried all of the suggestions in the forum and still stuck.
Any help would be great. Thanks.
If you have faithfully reproduced the error message you are getting, the problem is an invalid value entered for the server name. Change "pop3.gmail.com" to "pop.gmail.com" and try again.
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