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Access Your Gmail for ASU Account Using Thunderbird for Mac

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These instructions are designed for Thunderbird version 2 and higher. You can download the latest version of Thunderbird for free.

There are a few things you should do first before beginning:

Note: The password you set at the above website is independent of your normal ASURITE password. If you change your ASURITE password in the future, your Gmail for ASU POP/Chat password will not be changed. However, you may always go to the above website to change your Gmail for ASU POP/Chat password.

After you have followed the steps above, follow instructions below to set up Thunderbird:

  1. Start Thunderbird
  • If you see this New Account Setup screen, jump to Step 4. If you don't proceed to Step 2.
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  1. Click the Tools menu and select Account Settings...

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  1. Click the Add Account... button.

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  1. Select Email account and click the Continue button.

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Please Note: Do not click Gmail.

  1. Enter your name and your email address in the appropriate fields and click the Continue button.

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  1. Select the IMAP option.
  • Enter into the Incoming Server field.
  • Enter into the Outgoing Server field.
  • Click the Continue button.
  1. Enter your into the Incoming User Name field. For example, if your ASURITEID is jdoe99 then you would enter Click the Continue button.

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  1. Enter Your Account name you prefer into the Account Name field, then click the Continue button.

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  1. Verify that your information is correct, then click the Done button.

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  1. Confirm that the following settings are correct:
  • Click Server Settings
    • Ensure that the Port is set to 993.
    • Ensure that the Security Settings option is set to SSL.
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  • Click Outgoing Server (SMTP)
    • If you see an entry for already listed, click the Edit button. If you do not see an entry for, click the Add button. 
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  • Enter ASU SMTP in the Description field.
  • Enter into the Server Name field.
  • Enter 587 in the Port field.
  • Ensure that Use name and password box is checked.
  • Enter your into the User Name field. For example, if your ASURITEID is jdoe99 then you would enter
  • Choose the TLS radio button.  
  • Click OK then click OK once more to exit the Account Settings screen.
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You can now send and receive mail securely from any location using Thunderbird and your Gmail for ASU account.

Need additional help? Access 24/7 live chat, create a case from your My ASU Service Center or call 855-278-5080.


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