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How can I change the server type from IMAP4?

How do I change the Server Type from IMAP4 to POP3 in TB ver 3.0?

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    Ok..I found the IMAP4 problem resolution.... on your server settings... i changed my port to 143
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    I have the same problem. The profile I created downloads new messages just fine, but gives me an error message that the server is not an IMAP server. It's right -- my server is a POP3 -- how do I change it in Thunderbird 3.0? I tried changing the port to 143 and it made no difference.
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    here's a procedure that worked on the two gmail accounts i have. the TB account wizard insisted on setting them up as non pop accounts which meant i couldn't use the global inbox as i wanted.

    1. disable your internet connection so that no further emails can arrive on your machine.
    2. create a new temp subfolder under localfolders (i called mine "tmp").
    3. move all the inbox email for the account(s) you wish to modify to the "tmp" folder. if your accounts are going to keep separate inboxes, you'll need a separate temp subfolder for each account. if you're going to use the global inbox for all accounts, one temp subfolder will do.
    4. go to tools:account settings:
    5. remove the account you wish to change.
    6. add an account using the same info (name, email address, password) as used for the previously deleted account, EXCEPT, modify the email address so that it ends in .xxx , e.g. username@gmail.xxx
    7. do a "continue" and the wizard will start but won't be able to find an local settings entry for gmail.xxx and while trying to do the look-up, you'll have time to hit the "stop" button.
    8. fill in the blanks or modify the contents of the boxes to fit your needs. for pop.gmail.com i used port 995, and for smtp.gmail.com port 25. change xxx appropriately.
    9. if you wish to have this account's inbox be the global inbox, hit the "manual setup" button to get to the normal "server settings" screen, then use the "advanced" button to get to the screen to select the global inbox.
    10. set up the rest of the configuration choices for the account. junk, security, copies and folders, etc...
    11. exit from the account setting screen and enable the internet connection.
    12. test the changes you made.
    13. move the contents of the temp subfolders to the appropriate inbox.
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    This is fricking ridiculous
    13 steps described above -- five hours work to re-setup your pop3 account because you have to jump through all those hoops to undo what this stupid autoinstaller did...
    insists on mjaking imap accounts out of thin air.
    What genius designed this idiotic automatic setup?????
    Find him and throw him to the wolves.

    I'm going to go find an actual decent email client and get rid of this garbage.
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  • I’m PI$$ED OFF IN THE EXTREME
    Thunderbird 3 has MAJOR problems with setup. Actually it has MAJOR problems simply running. Changing server types SHOULD be EASY. Importing email from any program inclusing Thunderbird SHOULD be EASY. Instead what we get is a ridiculously convoluted system that requires WAB files to be converted to CSV (WHY?) because Thunderbird won't (not can't - WON'T) look for it except in some useless place that may or may not exist - NOBODY KNOWS WHERE BECAUSE THERE"S ABSOLUTELY NO FEEDBACK. All in all it's a usless piece of crud that I need to scrape off my computer like I might scrape doogie-doo off my shoe. But now I have to try to get it working because a previous install has my email all locked up.

    Anybody know of a good, usable email program?
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  • I’m very unhappy.
    I'm having the same problem. After an hour wasted trying to install Thunderbird 3 on my new iMac, I'm still looking for a fix I can make work. I had no problem installing Thunderbird 2 in my MacBook Pro three months ago.
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  • I’m disappointed
    I think only IMAP4 type mailboxes can be created...
    • > [...] only IMAP4 type mailboxes can be created. [...]

      This will depend on your mail service provider. If they offer both IMAP and POP services on the same server, you can create a POP account -- but you have to be willing to "circumvent" the autoconfiguration process as detailed above.

      If a server only offers POP or IMAP services (not both), then the autoconfiguration process should correctly configure the account as the appropriate type.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Bull hockey! I would like a way to easily change from MAPI to POP. Also, when Thunderbird is uninstalled, it does not remove the information entered. I have five email accounts I would like to set up in TB. I have set up three and one of them is incorrectly entered. When I uninstall and rein stall it merely brings back the information I entered the last time.
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  • Jack: I guess I should have worded my comment to dzurdzik.adam a little differently, to read "....but AT THE PRESENT TIME" you have to....". I don't like the gyrations required to set up a POP account any more than you do. Cast your "vote" for Bug 533680 (no need to add a comment about how you feel about the current implementation, just add your "vote").

    WRT to the reinstall, that's the way it's supposed to work. If you want to _completely_ start over, you need to remove the profile(s). See the links here for the file locations on various OS's:
    http://kb.mozillazine.org/Thunderbird...

    As an aside, you don't need to reinstall to correct the incorrect account; just delete the incorrect account and add it again.
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  • Michael, Thanks for the quick reply. I will cast my vote. As for deleting the incorrect account and entering it correctly - that is also a problem. It wold not allow me to choose POP. It automatically chose MAPI. I tried several times with no change.
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  • Jack: You need to change from IMAP to POP _before_ you actually create the account. Here's a screen shot of where you need to click the "Edit" button (after the "autoconfiguration" process has "found your settings"):
    http://getsatisfaction.com/mozilla_me...

    After you click "Edit", change from IMAP to POP (using the drop-down menu). TB will not automatically "adjust" the server name, port, or "Connection Security" settings when you change the server type, but all of those can be modified after the account has been created (as you've discovered, the server type cannot be modified once the account is created).
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  • You can do it very easily with "configuration editor", in Option > Advanced (or something similar, I'm italian, I'm using italian version).
    search for "mail.server" if you have different accounts, locate the one you want to change, double clic and if you want to change from pop3 to imap write "imap", if you want to change from imap to pop3, write "pop3"
    it works!
    and it takes just 30 seconds
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  • I’m Annoyed!
    I have a pop server. It seems to be working OK, but every time I start Thunderbird or switch accounts, I get this annoying "ALERT! Mail server pop.west.cox.net is not an IMAP4 server." Cox says, "That's right, we're an IMAP server, but not IMAP4." So what? How do I get rid of this annoying alert, and any problems there may be about this?
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  • I’m frustrated
    Same problem here , it hasnt' been solved yet !
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  • Robert and gabriel2007: Make sure you've configured a POP Server in Thunderbird; go to "Tools->Account Settings", then select "Server Settings" under the account (in the list on the left-hand side). At the top of the right-hand side, it should say "Server Type: POP Mail Server". You should also see an option in the lower half of the settings that says "Automatically download new messages" (that setting is not present for IMAP servers).

    I'm not convinced that 'vongolav's solution is a good thing to do. The settings (and therefore configuration variables) for IMAP are different than they are for POP, so just changing one occurrence of "imap" to "pop" doesn't seem like it would accomplish ALL that would need to be done to get TB to properly interface to a POP server and correctly manage the account in TB.
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  • gabriel2007: When you hit "Stop", the text should say something like "Editing configuration" (I forget the exact wording), and the part that says "IMAP" should turn into a drop-down menu. At at point, use that drop-down menu to change it to "POP", and adjust the server name, port, connection security, and authentication settings as appropriate for a POP server according to your service provider instructions. (port is usually 110 for connection security of "None", 995 for connection security of "SSL/TLS", authentication is usually "Normal Password").

    The "Start Over" bug has been reported; see Bug 571837. I think you have to try to hit "Stop" as soon as possible after it starts looking for your settings -- then you should be able to edit them.
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  • I’m frustrated
    All I want to do is change a created account from IMAP to POP, why can it not be done?
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  • Do you know of an email client that allows you change account type? People keep lambasting TB for not "allowing" it, but I've yet to see an email client that does.

    Anyway, just add the account over again. When the auto-setup has completed, ciick Edit.



    It may show you radio buttons to choose between POP and IMAP; or the pull-down boxes let you override the setting offered by TB.



    Then use "Re-test configuration" to go with that.

    Or try the New Mail Account setup option in MailTweak.



    http://mailtweak.mozdev.org/
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