How to Change Email From IMAP to POP in Thunderbird

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Mozilla Thunderbird is an email client with tabbed email, integrated search and a message archive, according to MozillaMessaging.com. Mozilla Thunderbird can retrieve email from IMAP or POP servers and display emails in a searchable, tabbed format for your convenience. The account setup process is simple, requiring you to input your login and server information for your email account. In many cases, Thunderbird can automatically configure your account with just your login information. To change the email server from an IMAP server to a POP server, create a new account and transfer your stored emails to the new account's folders.

  • Open Mozilla Thunderbird and click on "Inbox." Select the messages from your inbox and other folders and drag the messages into the local folder in Thunderbird.

  • Click "Tools" in the Thunderbird menu and select "Account Settings." Click the account you want to change from IMAP to POP. Click "Account Actions" under the list of accounts.

  • Click "Remove Account" from the "Account Actions" menu. Select "OK" to confirm the account deletion. Click "OK" to close the account options screen.

  • Click "File" in the Thunderbird menu. Choose "New" to expand the menu and reveal more options. Click "Mail Account" to open Mozilla Thunderbird's New Account Wizard.

  • Input the name, email address and password of the account you need to convert to POP. Click "Continue."

  • Click "Edit" if Mozilla Thunderbird attempts to automatically configure the account. Choose "Edit" or select "Manual Setup" to configure the email account's server settings manually.

  • Type your account's POP server. If necessary, input or change the outgoing email server. Click "Re-Test Configuration" to test the new server settings before you confirm the configuration. Mozilla Thunderbird will display green lights to show the test was successful.

  • Click "Create Account" to save the account settings. Open the "Local Folder" and select all of your mail from your previous account's configuration. Click and drag the emails into your new inbox folder. Your account is now configured with a POP server.

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