Transfer Email From Apple Mail To Thunderbird 3

This guide shows you how to move your email from Apple Mail, or Mac Mail, to Thunderbird.




Apple Mail comes with the operating system when you buy a Mac and it can only be used on a Mac.  Thunderbird on the other hand can be used on Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. It's also a free download and is our recommended email client if you are looking to synchronize your email on multiple computers.

This guide was written specifically to take you through the process of transferring emails from Apple Mail to Thunderbird. To make it easier to follow we have added lots of screen shots and we use a real example so it's not just theory, in effect you're "looking over the shoulder" of someone moving their emails.

You can see a sample page by clicking on the book cover.

It's not complicated once you know how, and we have spent a lot of time working out exactly how, testing the process and putting it into an easy to follow format - so you don't have to waste time working it out, you just have to follow the guide!

If you want more information on exactly what is offered in the guides and how they will help you, go to the home page.


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From Apple Mail


To Thunderbird 3





You will need the following:

  • A good internet connection or patience if you have a lot of emails!

  • Your old email client needs to be running, i.e. if you only have a backup of your Outlook Express emails but you don’t have access to the program this method will not work for you

  • The new email client needs to be installed

Note that the email clients can be on the same or on different computers. It does not make a difference.

How long does it take?

This largely depends on three factors:

  • The number of emails

  • The size of your attachments

  • Your internet connection speed

You should expect about 1 - 2 hours work in addition to the transfer time for your email.

A note on tranferring contacts

Transferring contacts can be a challenge.

Names and email addresses are pretty straight forward.

The work involved in transferring other fields from one type of address book to another varies a lot. Examples of other field types are home and business addresses, telephone numbers and the like. Most email clients provide some sort of mapping tool to map fields from an import file to the natively used format.

As a rule of thumb: the more exotic fields you have used the more work will be involved in mapping to your new address book.



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