Previously we showed you how to manually backup Mozilla Thunderbird Emails and Profiles. This time, we’ll look at how to restore them. This is useful if you’ve had a recent computer crash, or just want to move your data to another computer. Follow along and I’ll demonstrate how to do this using a Windows-based computer.
What you’ll need to do this:
To get started, make sure that Thunderbird is not running. Next, in Windows Explorer right-click on your Thunderbird backup and extract it to your C:\Users\yourUsername\AppData\Roaming folder. This should put all of your backups right where Thunderbird wants them (assuming you followed our previous backup article).
Next, in the Start Menu type the following:
The Thunderbird user profile manager should pop up. Click Create Profile.
Now you can enter a name for your profile, or just leave it at the default. The profile name shouldn’t affect anything within Thunderbird itself. What is important here is the folder that you choose.
Click Choose Folder.
Click your backup folder you just unzipped and then click Select Folder.
Back on the main profile manager screen, double-click the profile you just created to launch Thunderbird.
All of your backups should have taken effect, and your email will be waiting.