How to Make Yahoo Mail Folders

Organize your messages with Yahoo Mail folders

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Creating Yahoo Mail folders is a convenient way to keep your emails organized. Make separate folders for specific senders or make general folders to store messages about a similar topic.

Instructions in this article apply to the web and mobile versions of Yahoo Mail. The desktop version of Yahoo Mail for Windows has been discontinued.

How to Make Folders in Yahoo Mail

To create folders in your Yahoo Mail inbox:

  1. In the Folders pane, select New Folder.

    New Folder button in Yahoo Mail
  2. Enter a name for the folder.

    Rename field in Yahoo Mail Folders section
  3. Press Enter.

  4. Tap the folder name to open it.

Hover the mouse cursor over the folder name, then select the drop-down arrow that appears to open a menu with more options. For example, you can delete the folder, but only if the folder is empty.

Folder options in Yahoo Mail

How to Add Messages to Folders

While viewing a message, select Move, then choose the folder you want to send the message to.

Moving emails to folders in Yahoo Mail

Instead of manually moving multiple emails to a custom folder, set up filters to automatically move messages into respective folders.

How to Make Folders in Yahoo Mail Basic

Making folders in Yahoo Mail Basic is a very similar process. From your inbox:

  1. In the Folders pane, hover the mouse cursor over Folders and select the plus sign (+) that appears.

    Plus sign in Yahoo Mail basic
  2. Enter a name for the folder.

    Naming a new folder in Yahoo Mail basic
  3. Press Enter.

How to Make Folders in the Yahoo Mail App

To create folders using the Yahoo Mail mobile app for iOS and Android:

  1. Tap the hamburger menu (the three horizontally stacked lines) in the upper-left corner of the app.

    Hamburger button in Yahoo Mail Android app
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the menu and tap Create a new folder.

    Create a new folder button in Yahoo Mail
  3. Enter a name for the folder, then tap OK.

    OK button when naming new folder in Yahoo Mail basic
  4. Your folder will appear under the Folders section of the main menu.

To open the folder, tap it once. Tap and hold a custom folder to make subfolders, rename the folder, or delete the folder.

How to Add Messages to Folders on the Mobile App

While viewing messages in the mobile app:

  1. Tap the three vertical dots to the right of a sender's name.

    Three vertical dots in Yahoo Mail for Android
  2. Select Move.

    Move menu item in Yahoo Mail for Android
  3. Select the folder you wish to send it to.