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Access Your Gmail for ASU Account using Thunderbird for Windows

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These instructions are optimized for Thunderbird versions and higher. Download Thunderbird and its updates 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 this is the first time that you've started Thunderbird, the New Account Setup Wizard will appear when you start Thunderbird.
  • If you see this wizard, simply click "Cancel", then click "Exit."
  • If you do not see the wizard, continue to Step 2.
  1. Go to the Tools menu and select Account Settings.
  2. Click the Add Account... button.

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  1. Select Email account and click Next.

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

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  1. Select the IMAP option.
  • Enter into the Incoming Server field.
  • Enter into the Outgoing Server field. 
  • Click the Next button.

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  1. Enter your into the Incoming User Name and Outgoing User Name fields. For example, if your ASURITEID is jdoe99 then you would enter Click the Next button.

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  1. Enter an account name of your choice and click Next.

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  1. After verifying that your information is correct, click the Finish button.

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  1. Go to the Tools menu once more and select Account Settings.  Under the account that you created, select Server Settings.
  • Ensure that SSL is selected
  • After selecting SSL, ensure that the port number has changed to 993. 

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  1. On the left side of the screen, choose Outgoing Server (SMTP). Select the entry and click the Edit button.

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  1. Outgoing Server Settings:
  • Description: ASU SMTP 
  • Server Name:
  • Port: 587
  • Ensure that Use name and password box is checked.
  • Username: your ASURITE
  • Use secure connection: TLS 
  • Click OK.
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You can now securely send and receive mail using Thunderbird. 

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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