OSU Gmail - Setup Gmail in Thunderbird


  • How do I access my OSU Gmail in Thunderbird?


  • Oregon State University
  • Student
  • ONID Account
  • OSU Gmail
  • Thunderbird


Caution: You cannot send mail from Thunderbird through mail.oregonstate.edu while using the OSU VPN server. The settings below will work with the OSU VPN. For more information, see: https://oregonstate.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1935/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=103701

Note: Thunderbird is an IMAP application. IMAP is less secure and is generally not recommended. Using the Gmail web app is recommended instead. 

  1. You need to configure your Gmail account for IMAP access first:
    1. Follow these steps to enable IMAP in Gmail
    2. Visit https://myaccount.google.com/lesssecureapps to enable less secure apps in Gmail
  2. Open Thunderbird
  3. Select File -> New -> Existing Mail Account
  4. Enter your full name
  5. For email address, enter your username@oregonstate.edu
  6. Enter your password
  7. Select Done
  8. Enter your ONID username and password if prompted


For assistance, contact the Service Desk. Note: Support for Thunderbird is on a "best effort" basis only.

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