How to change a stored password in Thunderbird

When adding a new email account in Thunderbird, you will be prompted for the server password. Thunderbird remembers the password and uses it every time you access your mail.

However, as the password isn’t stored together with the mail account details, you need to access the Thunderbird Password Manager if your mail account password is changed.

Note: This article guides you to change your mail account’s stored password – resetting the password itself needs to be done via the konsoleH control panel or via your webmail; here’s how.

Change mail account stored password

  1. Open Thunderbird and click the menu icon at top right
  2. Select Preferences or Options – depending on your version
  3. Select Preferences or Options again (not applicable to Mac)
  4. Select Security (Privacy and Security on Macs) from the left menu, then Passwords, then click Saved Passwords
  5. Click Show Passwords and Confirm when the pop up asks to confirm. Note that on a Mac you may be prompted for your Mac password at this point.
  6. Look for the email address that you would like to update the password for.
  7. Right-click on the entry you’d like to change the password for, and select ‘Edit Password.’ Please note: The password will need to be updated for both incoming (IMAP or POP) and outgoing (SMTP) connections.
  8. Once both passwords have been changed, close the window and relaunch Thunderbird.