When you add an email account in Thunderbird ("Mozilla Thunderbird"), the new account wizard will gather your create, which will from that point on be used to communicate with the mail server of the email provider of your choice (Hotmail, AOL Mail, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, etc.) Most webmail services and email provider allow you to change your email account password from a web browser. But this convenient feature doesn't affect the email programs, like Thunderbird, which you may be using to send and receive emails from the email account in question - which means that you have to manually change your password in Thunderbird, as we'll show you how to do in this tutorial.
How do I change my Mozilla Thunderbird password?
Changing your password in Thunderbird only takes a few clicks:
- First, launch your Mozilla Thunderbird email program. Note that if you already changed your email account password on the server, Thunderbird will give you an error message that it cannot connect to your account, or display an "Enter your password" type dialog. If you get that dialog, enter your new password, make Thunderbird remember it, and you are done. Otherwise, read the rest of this tutorial to see how you can change the stored password.
- Once you are inside Thunderbird, click on the "Tools" menu and choose "Options" (this is the case on Windows and Linux), as shown on the screenshot below:
Note: if you are using Thunderbird on Mac OS X, click instead on the "Thunderbird" menu, and choose the "Preferences" menu item.
- When the Options dialog opens, click on the "Security" tab. Then, select the "Passwords" sub-tab to see your Saved Passwords or change the Master Password. To remove the password stored by Thunderbird for a particular email account, click on the "Saved Passwords" button:
- Thunderbird will now load a new dialog that contains all the email accounts for which you have chosen to save the password and store in on disk:
- To change the stored password in Thunderbird, you will need to manually remove them; to remove all saved passwords and change them later on, click on the "Remove All" button. To change the saved password for one email account in particular, select it inside the listing, and click on the "Remove" button: you will probably need to do it twice for each email account, since Thunderbird stores as separate entries your email password for various scenarios (like incoming and outgoing mail servers separately, etc.)
- Once you have deleted the stored passwords you wanted to change, click on the "Close" button; then close the Options dialog to return to Thunderbird and your emails.
The next time you are trying to send or receive email messages from Thunderbird, you will get a password prompt - at that point, enter your new email account password, and ask Thunderbird to save it! Mozilla Thunderbird is among the two best open source email clients you can get; learn more and unleash its power by checking out the tips and tricks featured in our Thunderbird Tutorial.
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