How to configure an existing email account using Ubuntu on your Dell PC

How to configure an existing email account using Ubuntu on your Dell PC

The following article provides information on how to install and configure an existing email account on an email client using the Ubuntu Operating system on a Dell PC.

Table of Contents :

  1. How do I setup Gmail in Ubuntu?
  2. How to Install an email client program
  3. How to configure Mozilla Thunderbird
  4. How to configure Evolution Mail
  5. Ubuntu Support

How do I setup Gmail in Ubuntu?

More and more of our time online is spent connected to email and social media. This guide will take you through using and setting up an email client outside of an Internet Browser. This will tie your email account into the rest of the operating system and make it easier to use.

Most newer Ubuntu builds come with Mozilla Thunderbird as a default installation. Some people prefer to use another email client such as Evolution mail or one of the various other programs available. As with all programs available through the Ubuntu Software Centre, these programs are open source and free of charge. This guide will concentrate on the two most popular programs, but the information used to configure them is applicable to any program you choose to use.

For these examples we are going to use a Gmail account as it is also free, but you can change this to any existing account you currently are using. (Just makes sure you use the correct setting for your account.)

Note: Please be aware the pictures used below are purely to illustrate the steps described. The Software changes on such a frequent basis that what you see on your PC probably won't be an exact match to what's shown in this guide, however the steps should remain the same.

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How to Install an Email Client

There are two way to install an email client as with any software in Ubuntu :

  1. The first and easiest is to open the Ubuntu Software Centre GUI (Graphical User Interface) and search for the name of the program you want to download and use. Download the .deb package and install using the installer.

Note: You will normally have more options for search if you enable the canonical partners repository.
  1. Search for and open Software Sources or Software & Updates from the Dash.

  2. Select the Other tab.

  3. Tick/Check/Select the boxes next to the two entries headed Canonical Partners.

  4. Exit and hit OK on the software reload prompt.

  1. The second way is to open Terminal and if you already have the names of the program you want to install - you can use the command line tool to install them straight away. (CTRL+ALT+DEL will open Terminal in most Ubuntu builds. I'll provide some examples below.)

Mozilla Thunderbird

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install thunderbird

Evolution Mail

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fta/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install evolution

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How to Configure Mozilla Thunderbird

Enable IMAP access to your Gmail account. Go to Mail Setting and then click Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Click the Enable IMAP radio button, and save the changes.

  1. Open your Mozilla Thunderbird, click tools and then Account Setting.

Thunderbird Tools

(Fig.1 Thunderbird Tools)

  1. On the Account Setting, click Add Mail Account.

Thunderbird Add Mail

(Fig.2 Thunderbird Add Mail)

  1. Please fill in the Mail Account Setup and click Continue.

  2. Now verify the Mail Account Setting and click Create Account to continue.

  3. On Account Settings, please verify the Account Info, Server Setting and Outgoing Server (SMTP) are configured correctly


(Fig.3 Thunderbird SSL)


(Fig.4 Thunderbird SMTP)

  1. This completes your setup, you shouldn't have to restart your PC to see the changes take place.

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How to configure Evolution Mail

Enable POP access in Gmail. For instructions, refer to How do I enable POPExternal Link

  1. Click Settings, located under My Services on the right side of the Google Accounts page. The Settings page appears, displaying the General tab.

  2. Click Evolution Mail, located on the Ubuntu task bar at the top of your screen.

Evolution Mail

(Fig.5 Evolution mail icon)

  1. Open Evolution Mail Client The Evolution Setup Assistant's Identity window appears.

Setup Assitant

(Fig.6 Evolution Setup Assistant)

  1. Type your name and your Gmail address in the Required Information fields and press Forward.

  2. In the Receiving Mail window, click POP for the Server Type

Receiving Email

(Fig.7 Receiving email window)

  1. Type in the Server field and then type your Gmail address in the Username field.

  2. Click SSL Encryption, located under Security.

  3. Click Remember password under Authentication Type and then click Forward.

  4. In the Sending Email window, Click SMTP for the Server Type.

Sending Email

(Fig.8 Sending email window)

  1. Type in the Server field under Server Configuration.

  2. Click SSL encryption under Security.

  3. Type your Gmail address in the Username field under Authentication and then click Forward.

  4. Type a name for this account in the Name field under Account Information and then click Forward.

  5. In the timezone window, click your location under Selection and then click Forward.

  6. Click Apply to finish.

  7. This completes your setup - you shouldn't have to restart the PC for these changes to take place.

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Ubuntu Support

Further Support is available for software and hardware issues:

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Article ID: SLN136016

Last Date Modified: 05/17/2018 05:30 AM

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