Installing and configuring Thunderbird 3.1 for the first time, I discovered it would automatically create an IMAP email account, rather than POP3. In Thunderbird’s Account Settings / Server settings, there is no option to change from IMAP to POP3.
- If you already have an incorrect IMAP account, you need to delete it!
- Begin to create a new email account, either (a) On the Thunderbird starting page, click “Create a new account” (b) Go to File | New | Mail account
- In the first Mail Account Setup window, enter your name and email address, and if you have it, your password. Click Continue
- On the second Mail Account Setup window, Thunderbird will try to automatically detect your incoming and outgoing server details.
- My problem was that if you click the Stop button, or click Manual Setup, there was no way to change the IMAP server.
- The solution, is to wait until email server detection has completed, and then the Stop button changes to an Edit button. Click Edit.
- Now you can specify that you want to use the POP server.