Email account setup in Thunderbird (SMTP/IMAP/POP3)

Email clients, like Thunderbird, allow you to easily check your emails not going to web-interface. This tutorial will help you to configure your Namecheap Private Email account in Thunderbird.

Private Email service supports autoconfig feature, which allows to set up email account automatically in Thunderbird.

NOTE: before setting up email account this way, make sure you already have required DNS records and mailbox created.

We will use a test email account support@nctest.info in this tutorial. For automatic email account set up you need to do the following:

1. Go to File > New > Existing Mail Account:



2. In Mail Account Setup window enter the following details:

Your Name: the name you would like the recipients of your emails to see
E-Mail Address: your full Private Email address
Password: password for your Private Email account.

Make sure you do not have blank spaces in it.

NOTE: if by any chance you do not remember your password, you can easily reset it using the following tutorial.

3. Once all the fields are filled, click Continue:



4. You will see Configuration found at email provider message.
Make sure that your Incoming and Outgoing configuration was detected properly and matches the one you can see on the screenshot below:



Click Done if it is the same.


If you do not see Configuration found at email provider message or if configuration was not detected properly for some reason, you can complete the first two steps and continue configuring Thunderbird manually in this way:

1. After the first two steps are completed you will either see manual config window (in case Thunderbird fails to detect configuration automatically) or will need to click on Manual Config to see that window:



2. In the next screen, select POP3 or IMAP from the Account Type list, and enter your details as follows:

For IMAP protocol use the following settings:

Outgoing server: mail.privateemail.com (same as incoming)

Protocol: IMAP     Port: 993    SSL: SSL/TLS     Authentication: Normal Password
Protocol: SMTP    Port: 465     SSL: SSL/TLS     Authentication: Normal Password



For POP3 protocol use the following settings:

Outgoing server: mail.privateemail.com (same as incoming)

Protocol: POP3     Port: 995    SSL: SSL/TLS     Authentication: Normal Password
Protocol: SMTP    Port: 465     SSL: SSL/TLS     Authentication: Normal Password



Alternatively, you can use following settings for IMAP protocol:

Protocol: IMAP     Port: 143             SSL: SSL/TLS        Authentication: Password transmitted insecurely
Protocol:
SMTP    Port: 25 (or26)     SSL: SSL/TLS        Authentication: Password transmitted insecurely

For POP3 protocol:

Protocol: POP3        Port: 110               SSL: SSL/TLS      Authentication: Password transmitted insecurely
Protocol:
SMTP     Port: 25 (or 26)     SSL: SSL/TLS      Authentication: Password transmitted insecurely

NOTE: if Add Security Exception window appears, click Confirm Security Exception button.


Advanced Settings
 
Once your account has been created, you will be able to choose additional settings for IMAP or POP3 incoming/outgoing server.

1. Right-Click on your account in the list of accounts:



2. To manage incoming server, go to Server Settings:




3. If you need to change settings for outgoing server, select Outgoing Server (SMTP):


 

Here you can find your current settings for accounts you have and click on Edit… to make changes in the next window:




That's it!

              
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