I'm trying to set up Thunderbird (version 102.6.1, under Windows 10) to work with my Gmail account. I hope someone can help me understand what is happening. First I enab… (read more)
I'm trying to set up Thunderbird (version 102.6.1, under Windows 10) to work with my Gmail account. I hope someone can help me understand what is happening.
First I enabled IMAP protocol in Gmail. Then I started "Add a new account" in Thunderbird and entered my name, email address, and email password. Thunderbird displayed details of the configuration it set for me, which looked correct: incoming, IMAP with SSL/TLS; outgoing, SMTP with SSL/TLS.
When I clicked Done, Thunderbird opened a browser window in which Gmail prompted me to sign in. The correct email address was prefilled.
I clicked Next and was prompted for the password; I entered the password and clicked Sign In.
Gmail displayed a page that asked whether Thunderbird should be allowed to access my account. I clicked Allow.
The browser window closed, returning me to the Thunderbird configuration screen, which displayed both of these messages:
- (Yellow background) Unable to log in at server. Probably wrong configuration username or password.
- (Green background) (checkmark) Checking permission.
So, Thunderbird seems to be saying that Google failed to authenticate me, and simultaneously, that it's in the process of authenticating me (although it never reports that it has finished).
If Google failed to authenticate me, why did it prompt me to allow or deny Thunderbird access?
If Google successfully authenticated me, why does Thunderbird report that it failed?
One possible answer is that I entered my password correctly when Gmail prompted me, but entered it incorrectly in Thunderbird. But I tested that possibility by copying the password from the value I entered in Thunderbird and pasting it into Gmail's password prompt. Gmail said it was correct, so in Thunderbird it must also be correct.