Find / Change Thunderbird Storage Location (Step-by-Step Guide)

Updated by Larissa on Dec 05, 2022
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Mozilla Thunderbird is an email client software application used for managing personal information such as emails, contacts, calendar entries, notes, etc. It stores all this information, including passwords, settings, messages, etc., in a Profile folder, which is separate from the Thunderbird program files. 

Knowing where the Thunderbird stores profile folder is important when you want to back up your Thunderbird data or move your Thunderbird to another location. In this article, we'll walk through the steps to find and change the thunderbird storage location and back up Thunderbird to ensure the safety of your saved data.

Where is Thunderbird File Stored

The Thunderbird Profile folder is stored in the following places by default:

  • Windows: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles
  • Mac OS: ~/Library/ thunderbird

If you customized the installation or changed the Thunderbird profile location, you can find your file location by either of the following methods:

Method 1. Find Thunderbird Storage Location within Thunderbird

Step 1. Open the Mozilla Thunderbird app, find and click the "Tools" option from the top menu bar, then choose "Account Settings". 

open account settings

Step 2. Choose "Service Settings" from the left column in the Account Settings window.

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Step 3. You can see the specific Thunderbird profile location under the "Local directory." Click the "Browse…" button to open the folder.

Method 2. Find Thunderbird Storage Location without Thunderbird

Step 1. Press Windows + R keys simultaneously to open the Run command.

Step 2. Copy and enter the following content: %APPDATA%\Thunderbird\Profiles\, and then click OK.

open run command

Step 3. Now, you can see all the saved data of your Thunderbird account.

profile folder

How to Move the Location of Thunderbird Saves

Moving thunderbird files from their default profile location can be useful in some cases, for example, when you want to store your Thunderbird saves on a different hard drive with more storage or backup thunderbird data on an external device. 

If you want to move the thunderbird storage location, simply follow the steps below:

Step 1. Quit Thunderbird if it's running. 

Step 2. Find and move the folder containing your profile data to a new location on your computer 

Step 3. Open Thunderbird and go to Menu > Tools > Account Settings  > Service Settings.

browser to choose a new folder

Step 4. Click the "Browse…" button next to Local Directory and select the new thunderbird profile folder location. 

Step 5. Select OK and restart Thunderbird for changes to take effect.

How to Keep Thunderbird Storage File Safe

As we mentioned, the Thunderbird profile files are stored separately from the static program files. The local profile folder will change accordingly when your settings, passwords, mailboxes, etc., change. Therefore, it's important to back up Thunderbird profile regularly to keep your Thunderbird saves safe and secure. In this way, even if you accidentally delete a Thunderbird storage file or the Thunderbird app fails, you still have all the thunderbird data backed up, and you can easily restore Thunderbird data with the help of the backup. 

EaseUS Todo Backup Home is an excellent Thunderbird profile folder backup and restore software for Windows users. It enables you to easily create a thunderbird profile backup in case of thunderbird data loss or system failure, as well as schedule backup and restore thunderbird data with just a few clicks. Now, let's take a look at how to easily back up and restore the Thunderbird profile:

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Backup Thunderbird saves:

Step 1. Click the "Select backup contents" button to start backup.

create file backup step1

Step 2. There are four data backup categories, File, Disk, OS, and Mail, click File.

create file backup step2

Step 3. Both local and network files will be listed on the left. You can expand the directory to select the files to be backed up.

File backup

Step 4. Follow the on-screen guide, select the destination where you want to save the backup.

File backup step4

Click "Options" to encrypt the backup with password in "Backup Options", set the backup schedule and choose to start back up at certain event in "Backup Scheme". There are also many other options you can explore, customize the backup task according to your need.

Backup options

Step 5. You can store the backup to local drive, EaseUS's cloud service, and NAS.

file backup step4

Step 6. EaseUS Todo Backup enables users to back up data to both third-party cloud drive and its own cloud drive.

If you want to back up data to third-party cloud drive, choose Local Drive, scroll down to add Cloud Device, add and login your account.

Backup to cloud
You can also choose EaseUS's own cloud drive. Click EaseUS Cloud, sign up with your EaseUS Account and log in.

backup to easeus cloud

Step 7. Click "Backup Now" to start backup. After the backup task is completed, it will be displayed in the form of a card on the left side of the panel. Right-click the backup task to further manage it.

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Restore Thunderbird saves:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup, click "Browse to Recover".

Click Browse to Recover

Step 2. Guide to your backup destination, choose the backup file you want to recover. (The backup file created by EaseUS Todo Backup is a pbd file.)

Choose the backup file

Step 3. Choose the recovery location. You can recover data to a specific location or to original location.

File recovery step3

Step 4. Click "Proceed" and the recovery would start.

If you're using Mac OS X, Time Machine is the most convenient way to back up thunderbird data.

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Wrapping Up

To wrap it up, this article provides a step-by-step guide on finding and changing Thunderbird storage location and back up Thunderbird data to protect Thunderbird saves from potential risks. We hope you now understand where thunderbird stores profile folders and that you can use this knowledge to manage thunderbird data better. 

EaseUS Todo Backup Home is the best thunderbird profile folder backup software for Windows users. If you're looking for an all-in-one thunderbird storage solution, EaseUS Todo Backup Home is the right choice.

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FAQ on Thunderbird Storage Location

Where is the Thunderbird file stored?

The Thunderbird file is stored on your computer by default in the Profile folder. You can find the thunderbird profile folder in C:\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles/

Can I move thunderbird data to an external device?

Yes, you can move thunderbird data, such as emails, address books, and settings, to an external device. All you need to do is copy and paste the thunderbird profile folder from the default thunderbird storage location to an external device. 

How do I back up thunderbird data?

If you're using Windows, EaseUS Todo Backup is the best thunderbird backup software for backing up thunderbird saves. If you're using Mac OS X, Time Machine is the most convenient way to back up thunderbird data.  

Does Thunderbird save emails locally?

Yes, Thunderbird saves emails locally in the thunderbird profile folder. When you change the thunderbird storage location, Thunderbird saves emails in the thunderbird profile folder of the new thunderbird storage location.

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