How to recover your lost Mozilla Thunderbird password

Teodor Nechita
by Teodor Nechita
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Mozilla Thunderbird is a cross-platform email client, news client, RSS, and chat client most famous for the fact that it is free and open-sourced.

As a testimony to its popularity, it is currently one of the most popular e-mail clients used around the world.

However, being an e-mail client means that you need to log in using an e-mail and a password.

As we all know, passwords are something we tend to forget most of the time.

How do I recover my Mozilla Thunderbird password?

1. Use the built-in Password Manager

Mozilla Thunderbird comes with a neat feature called Password Manager.

Down to its core, Password Manager is meant to store all of the passwords you’ve entered into the Thunderbird clients, as long as you give it permission.

If you try to access a server in which you don’t have a username or password saved, Thunderbird will prompt you to enter it.

That is where Password Manager will come into the picture, and offer to remember what you’ve entered.

1.1. How to view saved passwords

  1. Open Mozilla Thunderbird
  2. Click on Tools
  3. Select Options
    • Alternatively, you can press the button labeled with 3 horizontal lines, and then select Options
  4. Navigate to the Security Panel
  5. Go to the Passwords tab
  6. Click on Saved Passwords
    • If you want to see the passwords you have saved, click Show Passwords
    • You can also use the search box to find a particular account or username
    • A confirmation message box will appear in front of you.
  7. Click on Yes to continue.
    • A column named Password will appear in the Saved Logins window
    • From that column, you can determine the password of your account

Thunderbird saved passwords

1.2. Edit your saved passwords

If you want to avoid forgetting your password again, try editing it into something easier to remember

  1. Open Mozilla Thunderbird
  2. Click on Tools
  3. Select Options
    • Alternatively, you can press the button labeled with 3 horizontal lines, and then select Options
  4. Navigate to the Security Panel
  5. Go to the Passwords tab
  6. Click on Saved Passwords
  7. Right-click on the server’s entry from the list and click  Edit Password

2. Use a third-party software recovery tool

There are plenty of programs on the Internet that can recover your lost Mozilla Thunderbird password.

Some of these programs are more general in nature, while others are specifically designed for an e-mail client like Mozilla Thunderbird.

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