POP your Gmail with Thunderbird.

Many people have a Gmail account for logging into various websites and services, As Gmail is naturally a webmail service it uses an IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) service, it receives an incoming email and holds it on its servers. From here it can sync directly to and from your email client, always keeping a copy of messages stored on Google’s servers and only accesses them when requested. What if you wanted to download your email locally to keep and automatically delete them off the google servers. POP3 (Post Office Protocol) is the way forward. Although I wouldn’t recommend this if you need to access email from multiple places. If you however only have one point of access to Gmail, then POP could be beneficial to you.

Change your Mailbox type

Login to Gmail and head to the settings Gear icon and click settings.


Now click on the Forwarding and POP/IMAP option on the top menu bar. Here you can add forwarding to other email addresses if required.

  • On POP Download set Number 1. to  enable POP for all mail
  • Set number 2. to  When messages are accessed with POP to Delete Gmails copy.
  • Set IMAP Access to Disable IMAP


Click On the Save Changes button on the bottom of the page.

Configure Thunderbird

Open Thunderbird an go to the settings menu in the top right corner

Go To Preferences > Account Settings and click Account Actions at the bottom left of the window which appears, followed by add mail account.

Enter your name, Gmail address and Gmail password and click continue, Thunderbird will automatically get the server settings for you. Change from IMAP to POP and click done.

Gmail on your desktop, Not left idling on Google Servers.

Do you POP Other Webmail services or prefer to IMAP across your devices, both methods have there pros and cons. Let us Know your view in the comments below.

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