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Gmail says not supporting 3rd party apps (Thunderbird) after April 2022

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Is Thunderbird going to come up with a work around or change to still be functional with GMAIL? I've been fighting with Gmail for about 4 years now on them shutting off third party access automatically every 2 months. Now they are changing to finally get rid of it for good. What do we do now?

Is Thunderbird going to come up with a work around or change to still be functional with GMAIL? I've been fighting with Gmail for about 4 years now on them shutting off third party access automatically every 2 months. Now they are changing to finally get rid of it for good. What do we do now?

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Using OAUTH2 has been an option for several years and now it will soon be mandatory for Gmail. TB has that option and it's rather straightforward. You need to change authorization by going to tools>account settings>server settings and changing authentication method to OAUTH2. You will be presented with a menu to log into gmail to grant access to TB. Once done, life should resume.

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Sorry I found the Email with the details: On May 30, you may lose access to apps that are using less secure sign-in technology adam****@gmail.com To help keep your account secure, Google will no longer support the use of third-party apps or devices which ask you to sign in to your Google Account using only your username and password. Instead, you’ll need to sign in using Sign in with Google or other more secure technologies, like OAuth 2.0. Learn moreWhat do you need to do?

Email software, like Outlook 2016 or earlier, has less secure access to your Gmail. Switch to Office 365, Outlook 2019 or newer, or any other email software where you can sign in using Sign in with Google.

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Using OAUTH2 has been an option for several years and now it will soon be mandatory for Gmail. TB has that option and it's rather straightforward. You need to change authorization by going to tools>account settings>server settings and changing authentication method to OAUTH2. You will be presented with a menu to log into gmail to grant access to TB. Once done, life should resume.

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Thank you David. I wasn't aware it was that simple. I have made the changes you suggested. It didn't ask me about a log in screen but I was asked last night when I tried adding IMAP so perhaps that authorization was all that was needed. I deleted the IMAP and hope life resumes as you suggested. Thanks again.