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Login to server smtp.googlemail.com is failing.

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When I try to send an email using Thunderbird, a window that says "SMPT Server Password Required" pops up asking me for my password. This never used to happen. When I enter the password of my associated Gmail account, it says "Login to server smtp.googlemail.com failed". If it's not the password of my associated Gmail account, then what password does it want? Is there a way to change the password?

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Ok, I finally figured out what the problem was. It's Gmail's 2-Step Verification. I turned it off and now Thunderbird is accepting my password.

Thanks for all your help, christ1. I really appreciate it!

Best regards, Greg

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Could you please see if you have configured your SMTP server according to the recommended settings?

SMTP

   Server Name: smtp.gmail.com
   Port: 587 (you could also use port 25 if your ISP doesn't block it)
   Username: Your FULL email address
   Secure connection: STARTTLS
   Secure authentication: normal password 

Don't configure Thunderbird to save a copy of any messages you send in tools -> account settings -> copies & folders. Gmail's SMTP server automatically saves a copy of any message you send in the Sent Items folder for you.

The SMTP server also supports using port 465 with SSL/TLS.

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Hi Sander,

Thank you very much for your help. I did everything you suggested but the same thing is still happening. Do you have any other suggestions?

Thanks, Greg

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Thanks christ1, but none of the information on that page helped. Any other ideas? In case it helps, I've attached a screenshot of my server settings.

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Did you reset the password Thunderbird has remembered?

Did Thunderbird prompt you for the password after that when trying to send mail?

Connection Security SSL/TLS, Port 465 works for me for smtp.gmail.com.

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The only password I can think of that Thunderbird wants is my Gmail password, which I have not changed ever. Thunderbird starting asking me for a password seemingly out of the blue.

I tried changing my connection security to SSL/TLS and my port to 465 but I am still having the same problem.

If anyone can think of anything else that could be causing the problem, please let me know. Thanks!

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Try to reset the password Thunderbird has remembered.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Setting_and_changing_email_passwords

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Thanks christ1, but no luck. I changed my Gmail password and tried entering the new password when Thunderbird asked me for it, but it did not work.

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What error did your get?

Can you post your Troubleshooting Information?

Help (Alt-H) - Troubleshooting Information

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I have added two screenshots. The first one shows Thunderbird asking me for a password. The second one shows the error I get when I enter my password.

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Your Troubleshooting Information?

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I'm sorry but I don't know what you mean by Troubleshooting information. I've outlined everything I have tried here in the thread. What information exactly do you want?

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Help (Alt-H) - Troubleshooting Information

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Ok, is this what you/re looking for?

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Almost. It would be great if you could provide the information for Thunderbird.

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When I open Thunderbird and press Alt-H it goes to the Help drop down menu but I don't see a Troubleshooting Information option.

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What version of Thunderbird are you running?

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Troubleshooting Information is the second item in the Help menu using TB 24.5.0 for Windows.

Can you provide a screenshot of your Help menu?

http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-do-i-create-screenshot-my-problem

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I've included a screenshot of my TB help menu. As you can see, there is no Troubleshooting Information option.

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