Thunderbird: delete account - here's how

 You can remove your email account from Thunderbird in just a few steps. We'll show you how it works and what happens to your data here on OkayGotcha.


Thunderbird: delete account - here's how


Thunderbird: "Remove account" does not mean "delete"!

If you remove your e-mail account from Thunderbird, the e-mail account itself is not deleted! For example, if you have an email account at Gmail.com, access it with Thunderbird, but now delete the email account from Thunderbird, your Gmail account will be retained - including all emails. In this way you only remove the email account from the Thunderbird user interface.


Thunderbird: How to delete your email account

1st step:

In Thunderbird click with the right mouse button on your e-mail account and select " Settings ".


2nd step:

Click on the " Account Actions " button at the bottom left and select the " Remove Account " entry .


3rd step:

If you also want to remove all message data from this email account from Thunderbird, check the box next to " Delete message data " in the next window . Otherwise, emails from your account can still remain on the hard drive. Finally confirm with the button " Remove " and click on " OK ". You can now close the tab by clicking on the " X ".


Thunderbird: What happens if I (m) remove an email account?

  • Thunderbird can no longer retrieve emails from this email account.
  • Your email account remains with the respective provider (Gmail, GMX, web.de, ...).
  • If you have selected the option “Remove message data” when removing your account, your e-mail account will be completely removed from Thunderbird.
Delete your e-mail account completely: If you want to completely delete your e-mail account with your respective e-mail provider, you must do this on the website of your e-mail provider.

Did everything work out or did you encounter any difficulties? Feel free to write us your questions and experiences in the comments below these instructions so that we or other readers can help you.

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