How to set up your mail in Thunderbird

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Follow the steps below to set up your MBC-hosted email address in Thunderbird.

Thunderbird. A free email application that’s easy to set up and customise. Download Thunderbird.

  • Open Thunderbird.
  • Look for the 3 horizontal lines icon next to the search bar and click on it.
  • Hover over ‘New Message’ and click on ‘Existing Mail Account’.
  • In the Mail Account Setup window, enter your name, email address and password. Once done, click on ‘Continue’.
  • Now click on the ‘Mail Config’ button at the bottom and manually enter the following details:

Incoming Mail Configuration Settings

  • Set your incoming settings to IMAP
  • Set your Server Hostname to mail.yourdomainname.co.za
  • The Port should be 143
  • Set SSL to None.
  • Lastly, change your Authentication to ‘Normal password’.
  • Your username should always be your full email address.

Outgoing Mail Configuration

  • Set your outgoing settings to SMTP
  • Set your Server Hostname to mail.yourdomainname.co.za
  • The Port should be 587
  • Set SSL to None.
  • Lastly, change your Authentication to ‘Normal password’.
  • Your username should always be your full email address.

Once you have changed your settings, click on ‘Done’.

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