How to Synchronize Thunderbird With an iPhone

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Synchronizing Thunderbird with an iPhone will require you to have the right email provider. Synchronize Thunderbird with an iPhone with help from an experienced Apple professional in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Skylar. Let's say you want to synchronize your email between Thunderbird and your iPhone. It's actually pretty simple so long as you have an email provider which uses the iMap protocol. This is going to make things really simple. So for example, Gmail, that's the easiest way to go about this. Okay so I'm going to start in Thunderbird and whether you are on a Mac or PC, this will be pretty much identical. Alright so here I have Thunderbird. It's a fresh installation and I'll click tools and then go to account settings. Click account actions and add mail account. Alright, type in your email address and your password. I recommend leaving remember password checked, click continue and Thunderbird will do its magic. Alright so I identified the correct server so we click done okay, and now you've got Gmail set up on Thunderbird on your computer. There we go so now I see all of my emails coming down. Alright so now I'm going to switch over to the iPhone. Okay on the iPhone, scroll down until you see mail, contacts and calendars and tap add account, tap the service provider in this case Gmail and type in your email address, password and description. Tap next, the iPhone will go out and find all the necessary settings and here you get to choose what exactly you want to synchronize. I don't want my Gmail contacts on the phone so I need to turn that off and I don't want notes either so turn those off and tap save. Okay and now my Gmail account is active on my phone. So we see here I've got two different emails that are unread and I'll go to my phone and we can see the same exact emails here. If I tap mail and Gmail, there we go. So on my computer I could click this email and now it's marked as read and in a few short seconds if we update the inbox on our phone, you notice that it's also marked as red, that's because iMap synchronizes everything. There we go you can see that it's marked as red and we'll do the same thing in reverse. So I just read this email on my iPhone, and as soon as it updates over here in Thunderbird, there we go. We see it was marked as red, synchronized in both directions. Thanks for watching, I'm Skylar.


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