How Do I Reset a Password in Thunderbird?

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There are two different types of passwords that you may wish to change in the Thunderbird email client. Thunderbird provides a log-in password for the whole program, which is called the master password. In addition, Thunderbird stores and uses the passwords to each of your separate email accounts. If you change one of them, you then have to update the information in Thunderbird.

Change the password in Thunderbird to keep your account secure.
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Step 1

Go to "Tools" on the menu bar and choose "Options."

Open "Options."
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Step 2

Choose the "Security" section at the prompt and click "Saved Passwords..." under the Passwords tab.

Click "Saved Passwords..."
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Step 3

Click on the email account with the password you need to change and click "Remove" to eliminate it. Click "Close" to save your progress.

Remove the old password.
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Step 4

Click "Exit" under File to close Thunderbird. Restart the program to make your change take effect.

Exit Thunderbird.
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Step 5

Input your new password at the prompt as Thunderbird starts. Check the box to save the password so that you will not be required to input it every time. Click "OK."

Input your new password.
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Step 1

Go to "Tools" on the menu bar and choose "Options."

Go to "Options."
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Step 2

Choose the "Security" section at the prompt and click "Change Master Password."

Click "Change Master Password."
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Step 3

Enter your current password followed by your new password, and confirm the new password. Click "OK."

Change the password.
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Step 4

Click "OK" to confirm the change.

Click "OK."
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Step 5

Click "Exit" under File to close Thunderbird. Restart the program to make the change take effect.

Exit Thunderbird.
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Step 6

Enter your new password to access Thunderbird when prompted.

Input the new password.
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Tips & Warnings

  • If you did not have a master password before but want to use one now, you have to check the "Use a master password" box to set a master password. Then you can follow the steps to change the master password later on whenever you want to.
  • Make sure the password of the email account that you want to change is already active on the official website such as Yahoo mail or Gmail before you change it in Thunderbird. Otherwise Thunderbird will not accept the new password since it has not been established yet.

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