Access Your Yahoo Mail Account With Your Email Program Using IMAP

Send and receive Yahoo email from your mobile device

What to Know

  • Open your email client and navigate to the New Account wizard. Enter the correct Yahoo IMAP and SMTP settings (found below).
  • The Yahoo Mail IMAP server is imap.mail.yahoo.com. The IMAP port is 993.
  • The Yahoo Mail SMTP server is smtp.mail.yahoo.com. The SMTP port is 465 or 587.

IMAP allows you to use any email client—including GmailOutlook, and Mozilla Thunderbird—to send or receive messages from your Yahoo Mail address. The IMAP settings ensure that you can access the mail in your Yahoo folders through your preferred email app or program, and in this guide, we teach you how.

IMAP, SMTP, and POP

The Internet Mail Access Protocol (IMAP) governs the receipt and viewing of messages. Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) governs the sending of outbound messages. When you configure IMAP, you'll also need to configure SMTP.

Yahoo Mail also supports Post Office Protocol (POP). POP is an older email standard that governs the receipt of messages. Avoid using POP. The protocol, by design, retrieves a message from the server, then deletes it from the server, so messages are available only on the device to which it was downloaded. IMAP, by contrast, syncs messages with the server, so if you use three devices to connect to your Yahoo Mail account, all three display the same messages.

Yahoo Mail IMAP Settings and Yahoo Mail SMTP Settings

To access Yahoo Mail seamlessly in an email program, open the program's New Account wizard, and enter these settings:

  • Yahoo Mail IMAP server: imap.mail.yahoo.com
  • IMAP port: 993
  • IMAP TLS/SSL: yes
  • IMAP username: Your full Yahoo Mail address
  • IMAP password: Your Yahoo Mail password or app password
  • Yahoo Mail SMTP server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com
  • SMTP port: 465 (try 587 as an alternative)
  • SMTP TLS/SSL: yes
  • SMTP username: Your complete Yahoo Mail address
  • SMTP password: Your Yahoo Mail password

Yahoo Mail App Passwords

Yahoo Mail supports application passwords. These single-use passwords allow a specific program to access your Yahoo Mail account, without requiring the use of your account password if you set up two-factor authentication.

It's not uncommon to run into account-access problems. This happens when a user forgets that they set up their account with two-factor authentication. If you set up two-factor, log into your Yahoo account to generate an app password for every computer or mobile device that you use for email.

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