Google@SAS Configuration for Thunderbird

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Google@SAS

Recently Google made a change to their security settings that disabled access to apps that are using less secure ways of authentication. Less secure apps would be apps using only authentication by username and password as opposed to more modern methods. Setting up your Google@SAS account as IMAP in Thunderbird falls into this category, as the only current option for authentication available from Google at this time is to set this with your normal password authentication. To enable access for these apps so that you can now configure your account, first log into your Google@SAS account, and then go to the following web address

https://www.google.com/settings/security/lesssecureapps



and select Turn On.  Once this is enabled you can then follow the instructions:

1. The first time you run Thunderbird, this dialog will automatically open. If this is not the first time you have run Thunderbird, you can get to the dialog by going to the tools menu, selecting "Account Settings..." and clicking the "Add Account" button in the bottom left corner of the window. Make sure the "Email Account" option is selected and click Next.

[dialog box asking for name, address, and password]

2. Enter your name, as you would like it be appear on the emails that you send. Enter your full SAS email address and Google@SAS password. Click Continue.

[enter name, address, and password]

3. After clicking Continue, click the option for Manual config once it appears.

[manual config button]

4. Enter the Server hostnames for the incoming server, imap.googlemail.com, and the outgoing server, smtp.googlemail.com.  Enter your full SAS email address as the Username. Click Re-Test.

[dialog box with server names]

5.The server information will be populated. Click Create Account. The account will be created and you will be taken to your Inbox.

[completed dialog box]

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