How to Connect to a GoDaddy Email With Thunderbird

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Signing up for a GoDaddy email account gets you access to the company's Web-based email interface. While Web-based interfaces make it easy to check your email from any computer with an Internet connection, many people prefer to use a stand-alone email client rather than a browser-based interface. GoDaddy provides you with access to POP and SMTP servers as part of your paid email service, and the Thunderbird email program, created by Mozilla, will help walk you through the steps needed to connect to your account.

Identify Your GoDaddy Servers

  • Open a Web browser and navigate to GoDaddy's Web mail interface at email.secureserver.net.

  • Sign in with your email address and password.

  • Hover over "Help" in the toolbar at the top of the page to bring up a list of options. Click "Email Client Settings."

  • Jot down the POP3 and SMTP server information that appears in a dialog box.

  • Log out of your GoDaddy account.

Create Thunderbird Account

  • Open Thunderbird.

  • Click "File." Hover your mouse over "New" in the drop-down menu, then select "Mail Account." A "Mail Account Setup" dialog box appears.

  • Type your name, GoDaddy email address, and GoDaddy email address password into the fields in the dialog box. Click "Continue."

  • Review the server information that Thunderbird finds for GoDaddy -- at the time of publication, the default servers identified were pop.secureserver.net and smtpoutput.secureserver.net. If the identified servers don't match the server names provided to you on the GoDaddy website, click "Edit" to change the details manually.

  • Click "Create Account" to finish creating your GoDaddy Thunderbird account.

Tips & Warnings

  • By default, Thunderbird connects to GoDaddy's SSL-secured ports; port 995 for POP and port 465 for the SMTP server. Manually change the POP port to 110 and the SMTP port to either 25, 80, 3535 or 587 if you'd rather use an unencrypted port.

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