While Gmail is very popular for its ease of use and its ability to be accessed from any browser, it lacks features of native email applications. Gmail with Thunderbird is a combination that can give you the best of both worlds, webmail and a native email and calendar application. Thunderbird enhances Gmail with powerful email features. With a couple of the many available add-ons, it can automatically synchronize contacts and calendars with Google and Android.
Thunderbird is a free, open-source email, news, RSS, and chat program developed by the Mozilla Foundation, the developers Firefox. Thunderbird is one of the few email programs that run on Windows, Linux, and MacOS, and is able to share a single user profile across operating systems.
To get started with Thunderbird for Windows, Linux or MacOS, download the installation file from https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/. Many Linux distributions install Thunderbird automatically as their default email program. If not, most Linux package managers and repositories include Thunderbird installation files. You can find more information on installing Thunderbird on Linux, here.
Configuring Thunderbird for Gmail:
Configure Thunderbird to sync with Gmail contacts:
Now you can use the advantages of a full-featured desktop application to send and receive email with your Gmail account. You can work offline, use Thunderbird’s powerful search and filter features, and get reminders for new email and calendar events on your desktop. There are hundreds of add-ons available for Thunderbird so you can better customize it to fit your needs.
One of the most beneficial add-ons for me is the Provider for Google Calendar. It synchronizes Google Calendar events with Thunderbird. With this add-on, calendar events you create on your Google Calendar and Android phone calendar will synchronize with Thunderbird also. For step by step instructions, see: