Thunderbird Pop To Imap Migration

Some email providers do not support IMAP. So, check if your email provider supports this IMAP feature.To convert the POP account to IMAP, carry out the instructions given below on this web page.

Disabling the POP account

  • Step 1:Open the Mozilla Thunderbird application on your computer.
  • Step 2:After selecting the Tools option, click the Account Settings button.
  • Step 3:Navigate to the Server Settings and remove the checkmark next to the ‘Check for new messages at startup’ option.
  • Step 4:Also, ensure that you have removed the checkmark beside the ‘Check for new messages every XX minutes’ option.

Creating the IMAP account

  • Step 1:Select File -> New -> Existing account.
  • Step 2:When you see the account selection window on the screen, choose the IMAP protocol.
  • Step 3:This will create the IMAP account on the Mozilla Thunderbird application automatically.
  • Step 4:Check if you can access all the email folders such as Trash, Junk, and Draft.

Transferring your local messages to the IMAP server

  • Step 1:Select the folder on your POP account and then move it to the IMAP account by dragging and dropping.
  • Step 2:Transferring the messages might take more time. Wait until all the messages are moved from the POP account to the IMAP account.

Deleting the POP account

  • Step 1:Once you move all the local messages from the POP account to the IMAP account, delete the POP account.
  • Step 2:You cannot undo this method. So, ensure that all the messages are moved to the IMAP account.
  • Step 3:Go to Tools, click the Account Settings button, and select the POP account.
  • Step 4:After clicking the Account Actions button, select the Remove Account option.
  • Step 5:This will remove the POP account from the Mozilla Thunderbird application.
  • Step 6:If necessary, click the Call button on this web page to get remote assistance from our technical experts in converting the POP account to IMAP on the Thunderbird email client.

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