How to disable automatic check for updates in Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird by default checks for automatic updates. And you can disable the automatic check for updates feature using the Options menu.

Click Tools menu, and select Options from the menu list.


In the Options windows, click Advanced tab and navigate to the Update section. To disable automatically check for update to thunderbird, un mark the check box with label as Thunderbird. Click OK button to confirm and save the changes.

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  • Mike September 8, 2011, 8:51 am

    Thank you for the great info on T’bird auto updates, they were really annoying me, especially as they failed anyway & started again ever time I opened the program to check mail.

  • CC October 4, 2011, 6:47 pm

    Thank you for the info on T’bird auto updates, was afraid one of them would get me problems.
    and I cant afford to have them when it’s so convinient to use this email setting instead of the web

  • Deb February 24, 2012, 4:13 am

    THANK YOU!!!!
    I prefer my old Outlook email program, but not able to run it on Vista, which I hate but am stuck with so…
    Anyway, this was a great help as I kept having problems with Thunderbird and this seems to have fixed it !!!
    Thanks Again!!

  • steve February 2, 2015, 1:55 am

    Option to not update has been removed in thunderbird. Update tab is now blank?

    Thunderbird releases 24->31 Linux

  • Conrad April 28, 2016, 3:07 am

    Thank you so much for this. I had installed version 45.0 and could not send emails. Initially I rang my ISP but they confirmed all my settings were OK and told me to phone Mozilla – well not really viable from UK. Looking at their website they suggest it must be my settings, but then I went round in circles until Google kindly provided a link to your site. I got hold of version 38.6 and all is now fine. There is of course a slight security risk by doing this but, I will wait until there is an update to 45.0 before upgrading – by which time they may agree it was their software!

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