Accessing Yahoo Mail with POP or IMAP

Yahoo Mail's online documentation states that POP and IMAP access are available only to paying customers, but that information is out of date. Here's how to have POP or IMAP access to a unpaid Yahoo account. …

This article was originally written with reference to the Webmail interface that Yahoo now refers to as "classic". Then in 2011 Yahoo rolled out a new user interface called Neo. For this reason, this article's instructions are a mess, with some portions referring to the classic interface and others to Neo. Bear with me as I find time to update it. And thanks for nothing to Yahoo for imposing change for changes' sake.

GETTING READY
POP is available for free, but not for all regional Yahoo sites, so you may have to change this setting before continuing. To check your regional Yahoo site, first log in to Yahoo Mail webmail and (in the top left corner of the viewport) click on "Hi Username". In the drop down control that appears, select Account Info. A new browser tab or window will open and you will be prompted for your password. Click on Account Settings – Set language, site, time zone. Change as needed.

Two regional Yahoo sites that provide free POP access are Yahoo Asia (in English) and Yahoo México (in Spanish). One that does not is the default Yahoo U.S. in English.

TODO: See if the previous paragraph applies to IMAP as well.

POP
POP access must first be enabled. Log in to your Yahoo Mail account's webmail interface and click (in the top left corner of the viewport) on Options – Mail Options. In the new screen, click (at the bottom of the left column) on POP and Forwarding. Select "Allow your Yahoo! Mail to be POPped" and the spam handling option desired. Then press "Save Changes".

Now configure your email client. Your username is your email address of the form example@yahoo.com. Then:

  • Server type: POP
  • Incoming (receiving) server: pop.mail.yahoo.com
  • Use secure connection: Yes, SSL (port 995)
  • Authentication type: Password

  • Server type: SMTP
  • Outgoing (sending) server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com
  • Use secure connection: Yes, SSL (port 465)
  • Authentication type: Plain or Login

When mail is accessed via POP, Yahoo always marks it on the server as read regardless of POP client settings to the contrary. There is apparently no way to override this behavior.

IMAP
To configure your email client, your username is your email address of the form example@yahoo.com. Then:

  • Server type: IMAP
  • Incoming (receiving) server: imap.mail.yahoo.com
  • Use secure connection: Yes, SSL
  • Authentication type: Password

  • Server type: SMTP
  • Outgoing (sending) server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com
  • Use secure connection: Yes, SSL
  • Authentication type: Plain or Login

REFERENCES
Yahoo Mail free POP access
Yahoo's POP help pages are badly broken, but this one works
Yahoo's instructions for IMAP on mobile phones works fine on computers, too

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About Warren Post

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