How to Read Yahoo Mail in Any Email App

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While Yahoo! and its affiliated services have been falling out of favor for a long time, there are still many people holding on to their Yahoo Mail accounts for various reasons, which is why many users may find it useful to know that it’s possible to read Yahoo Mail in other inboxes or email clients. This way, you’ll still be able to retain your Yahoo correspondence while also taking advantage of more advanced features in services such as Gmail, Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird. Read on to learn how to read Yahoo Mail in any email app.

Why You Should Import Your Yahoo Mail into Your Current Inbox

You should import your Yahoo Mil into your current inbox for one reason: convenience. Having all your inboxes in one place can be useful for your productivity and overall organization. It’s arguably simpler than manually forwarding each email from one inbox to another. On top of that, Yahoo Mail doesn’t always offer the best experience, so most users will surely appreciate the upgrade to the superior experience of Gmail or Thunderbird.

IMAP, POP3 and SMTP

As you follow along in this tutorial, you’re almost always going to be given the choice between POP3 and IMAP when porting your Yahoo inbox into a different mail client. It’s, therefore, useful to know which of these options are right for you and what they mean.

IMAP – or Internet Message Access Protocol is the mail protocol used to access email from a local client on a remote web server. While IMAP and POP3 are the most commonly used Internet mail protocols for retrieving emails, the former allows simultaneous access by multiple clients, while POP3 assumes the email is accessed from one single application.

POP3 – stands for Post Office Protocol version 3. It’s the standard mail protocol to receiving email from a remote server to a local client. POP3 will download messages on your local computer so that you can read them even when offline. It’s worth noting here that when you use POP3 to connect your email account, your messages and data will be downloaded locally and removed from the email server. This means that if you customarily need to access your email from various devices, this may not be the best option for you.

STMP – stands for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) and represents the standard protocol for sending email across the Internet.

How to Access Yahoo Mail in Gmail

In this section we explain how to add your Yahoo Mail to Gmail. You’ll need to adjust the settings in Gmail for desktop, but once you’ve done so, you’ll be able to read Yahoo Mail in Gmail on your mobile device as well. You’ll also be allowed to send email using your Yahoo Mail address from Gmail.

  1. In Gmail on your desktop, press the Gear icon in the upper-right corner.
  2. Select “See all Settings.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Gmail Settings
  1. Click on “Accounts and Import” from the options at the top.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Gmail Accounts And Import
  1. Find the “Check mail from other accounts” section and select “Add a mail account.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Gmail New Account
  1. In the Email address box, enter your Yahoo Mail address, then click on “Next.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Gmail Credentials Next
  1. Input your password and click “Add account.”
  2. You’ll be confronted with two options: “Link accounts with Gmailify” and “Import emails from my other account (POP3).” For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ve selected option 1, but depending on your needs, you may want to go for the other option.
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  1. In the Yahoo Mail sign-in screen, input your email address and password to log in.
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  1. Grant the necessary permissions and press “Agree.”
  2. You’ll get a message alerting you that you’ve been “Gmailified.” Tap on the “Close” button.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Gmail Operation Completed

If you go back to the “Check email from other accounts” section, you should be able see your linked Yahoo Mail account. While you’re there, scroll up and make sure you select the “Reply from the same address to which the message was sent” option so that you can reply to mail received from Yahoo Mail with your Yahoo address.

How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Gmail When Replying

How to Remove a Yahoo Mail Account from Gmail

If you want to stop receiving Yahoo mail in your Gmail account, follow these steps to get rid of them in no time.

  1. In Gmail on your desktop, press the Gear icon in the upper-right corner.
  2. Select “See all Settings.”
  3. Click on “Accounts and Import” from the options at the top.
  4. Find the “Check mail from other accounts” section and click on “Unlink.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Gmail Unlink Account
  1. Choose whether you’d like to keep a copy of the imported messages so far or delete the copied email, then press “Unlink.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Gmail Unlink Button

That’s it, you won’t be seeing your Yahoo Mail in Gmail anymore.

You can also unlink your account from the Gmail mobile app if that’s easier for you.

  1. Open the Gmail mobile app.
  2. Tap on the hamburger menu on the top-left side of the display.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Gmail App Hamburger Menu
  1. Select “Settings” at the bottom.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Gmail App Settings
  1. Select the Gmail account to which your Yahoo Mail is connected.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Gmail App Respective Account
  1. Scroll all the way to the bottom until you find the “Linked account” section.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Gmail App Unlink Account
  1. Tap on “Unlink account.”
  2. Choose between the two options described earlier and press “Unlink.”
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How to Access Yahoo Mail in Outlook 2019

Before we start detailing the steps in Outlook 2019, you’ll need to learn how to generate an app password in your Yahoo Mail, as you will need that further on. This part is required for those who are using two-step verification to secure their account:

Generate Your Yahoo Mail App Password

  1. Open Yahoo Mail on your PC and log in to your account.
  2. Tap your profile icon in the upper-right corner of the display.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Yahoo Account Info
  1. Click on “Account Info.”
  2. Select “Account Security.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Yahoo Account Security
  1. Scroll down until you find the “Other ways to sign in” section.
  2. Tap on the “Generate and manage app passwords” option.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Yahoo Generate Password
  1. Enter the app’s name, then hit “Generate password.”
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  1. Copy this password, as you’ll need it a bit later when you sign in with your Yahoo mail address in Outlook. Press “Done.”

For those without two-step verification, you will want to set your Yahoo account to allow third-party email clients to access it using your sign-in password.

Accessing Yahoo Mail in Outlook 2019

If you’re using Outlook 2019 on your computer, here’s how you can bring your Yahoo Mail to the same inbox.

  1. Open Outlook 2019 on your device.
  2. Select “File.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook 2019 File
  1. Click on “Add Account.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook 2019 Add Account Now
  1. Enter your Yahoo mail address, then click on “Connect.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook 2019 Connect New Account
  1. Enter your password.
  2. Click the “Connect” button.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook 2019 Connect Button

Your Yahoo mail inbox should now be visible inside Outlook 2019.

How to Access Yahoo Mail in Outlook 2016/2013

If you are a user of Outlook 2016/2013, here’s how you can port your Yahoo mail inbox. Once again, if you have 2-step verification enabled on your Yahoo, you will need to follow the steps outlined in the previous section to generate your app password before proceeding with the tutorial.

  1. Open Outlook 2016/2013 on your PC.
  2. Go to “File.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook 2016 File
  1. Click on “Add Account.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook 2016 Add Account
  1. Select the “Manual setup or additional server types” option. Press “Next.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook 2016 Manual Setup
  1. Click on “POP or IMAP,” then select “Next.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook 2016 Pop Or Imap
  1. In the panel that appears, you’ll need to apply several configurations. First, enter your name and Yahoo email address in the “User Information” section.
  2. “Account Type” under “Sever Information” needs to be IMAP. Additionally, in the “Incoming mail server” text box, enter “imap.mail.yahoo.com.” In the “Outgoing mail server (SMTP) text box, enter “smtp.mail.yahoo.com.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook 2016 Imap Account Settings
  1. In the “Login Information” section, enter the app password generated in your Yahoo email account.
  2. Select “More Settings.”
  3. Click the “Outgoing Server” tab, then check the “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication” box and choose “Use same settings as my incoming mail server.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook 2016 Outgoing Server
  1. Go to the “Advanced” tab.
  2. Select “Incoming server (IMAP)” and “Outgoing server (SMTP)” under “Use the following type of encrypted connection” in the “SSL” option.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook 2016 Advanced Tab View
  1. The parameter for the Incoming server (IMAP) should be “993.”
  2. The parameter for the Outgoing server (SMTP) should be “465.”
  3. Once you’ve filled all this out, select “OK,” and you’ll go back to “POP and IMAP Account Settings.”
  4. Select “Next” and allow Outlook to perform a series of tests on the settings you’ve entered.

Once the verification is completed, you should be able to see your Yahoo mail account in your Outlook inbox. You will also be able to send Yahoo mail from Outlook.

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How to Access Yahoo Mail in Outlook on Mobile

It’s possible to get your Yahoo Mail directly in the Outlook mobile app. Follow the instructions below to do so.

  1. Open the Outlook app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap on the Home button in the upper-left corner.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook Mobile Settings
  1. Tap on the gear icon in the bottom left to open “Settings.”
  2. Tap on “Add Mail Account” to get started.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook Mobile Add New Account
  1. Select “Add an email account” from the menu that pops up at the bottom.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook Mobile Existing Account
  1. Input your Yahoo Mail address and press “Continue.”
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  1. Type in your Yahoo credentials in the log-in panel that appears.

That’s it. Your Yahoo mail should start appearing in your inbox.

How to Remove a Yahoo Mail Account in Outlook for PC

Don’t want to see your Yahoo inbox in Outlook anymore? No problem. You can easily get rid of it.

  1. Open Outlook on your PC
  2. Find your Yahoo account and right-click on it.
  3. Select “Remove account.”
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  1. Click “Yes” to start the procedures.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Outlook 2016 Confirm Removal

How to Access Yahoo Mail in Mozilla Thunderbird on Your PC

Mozilla’s Thunderbird is a free email client for desktop that lets you manage multiple email accounts from the same dashboard. This includes your Yahoo email account(s). Below, learn how to get started with the process.

  1. Open Mozilla Thunderbird on your PC to start setting up your existing email address.
  2. Input your credentials, then allow Thunderbird to automatically search for a working and recommended server configuration.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Thunderbird Log In
  1. The options you have at your disposal are either IMAP or POP3. We’ve selected the IMAP option for this part of the tutorial.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Thunderbird Select Configuration
  1. Proceed to log in with your Yahoo account and password.

If everything is in order, you should be able to see a new panel, which lets you know that the “Account was successfully created.”

You should be able to see your entire Yahoo inbox and send emails from your Yahoo email address within Thunderbird.

If you wish to add a secondary Yahoo email account, you can do so by tapping on the hamburger menu in the upper-right corner and clicking on “New.” From there, select “Existing email account” and follow the steps outlined above.

How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Thunderbird Add Existing Account

How to Remove a Yahoo Inbox from Mozilla Thunderbird on Your PC

If you want to get rid of your Yahoo inbox in Mozilla Thunderbird, this is what you need to do.

  1. Open Mozilla Thunderbird on your PC.
  2. Click on “Account Settings” in the upper-right corner.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Thunderbird Account Settings
  1. Look for the account you want to remove.
  2. All the way at the bottom, click on “Account Actions.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Thunderbird Account Actions
  1. Select “Remove account.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Thunderbird Delete Account
  1. Tap the “Remove” button to delete the Yahoo Mail account.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Thunderbird Account Remove Account

How to Access Yahoo Mail in ProtonMail on Your PC

Users of encrypted email providers such as ProtonMail can also import their Yahoo Mail inbox into the service by following a few easy steps.

  1. Open ProtonMail on your PC.
  2. Click on “Settings” in the top-right corner.
  3. Select “Go to Settings.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Protonmail Go To Settings
  1. Scroll down until you find the ProtonMail section and select “Import Assistant.”
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Protonmail Start Import
  1. Click on the “Start import” button.
  2. Select the “Yahoo Mail” option.
How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Protonmail Add Yahoo
  1. Press the “Start Import Assistant” button.
  2. Input your email address and app passcode, which you’ve generated from your Yahoo Mail inbox following the instructions above.

The process of importing your email should begin at once, and you’ll be abl to immediately start viewing email.

Note that ProtonMail only offers 500MB of free space. This may not be enough to cover your entire Yahoo inbox, in which case you’ll have to purchase a subscription to add more storage to your account.

If you wish to remove a Yahoo inbox from ProtonMail, you need to go to “Import Assistant” and scroll down all the way to the bottom. Click on the “Delete record” button to remove all the data pertaining to that inbox.

How To Read Yahoo Mail Any Email App Protonmail Delete Record

If you’re worried about privacy when making the transfer, don’t be. According to ProtonMail, its Import Assistant can safely transfer your email and folders from an external email account. Messages are encrypted the moment they arrive in the ProtonMail inbox, so the transition is easy and risk-free.

We should also note that alternative encrypted email services such as Tutanota don’t allow you to port outside inboxes.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I add Yahoo mail to my iPhone’s default email client?

Yes, you can. Learn how to add any email address including Yahoo mail to the default email app in iOS.

2. Can I get other inboxes in my Yahoo Mail?

Yes, the other way around is also possible. To import other email inboxes into Yahoo Mail, go to “Settings -> More settings -> Mailboxes -> Add mailbox. Select the type of mailbox you want to add (Google, Outlook, AOL, etc), then enter your credentials to connect it.

3. What are some advantages of using POP3?

POP3 comes with several worthy advantages, such as opening attachments quickly and painlessly (they are already saved on the PC), less server storage requirements, and messages can be read without an existing Internet connection.

If you just ported your Yahoo inbox to Outlook, then perhaps you’ll find it useful to read all about recalling sent emails when using Microsoft’s email client. Alternatively, check out another of our guides, which details how to automatically delete email from blocked senders in iOS.

Alexandra Arici Alexandra Arici

Alexandra is passionate about mobile tech and can be often found fiddling with a smartphone from some obscure company. She kick-started her career in tech journalism in 2013, after working a few years as a middle-school teacher. Constantly driven by curiosity, Alexandra likes to know how things work and to share that knowledge with everyone.

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