How to Access Yahoo! Mail in Gmail

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If you find Gmail's interface more intuitive and convenient than Yahoo!'s, you're not alone: Many email users appreciate Gmail's advanced search capabilities, flexibility, and organizational aids. If you've been using Yahoo! for email but prefer Gmail, there's no need to change your email address or close your Yahoo! account. Luckily, Gmail makes it easy for you to receive and send email through your Yahoo! account using its interface.

Once you go through the procedure outlined below, your Yahoo! email will show up in both your Yahoo! and Gmail accounts as it's received. You'll also be able to send email using your Yahoo! address right from Gmail.

Access Yahoo! Mail From Within Gmail

To set up Gmail to receive and send Yahoo! Mail Plus email:

  1. Make sure you have a current Yahoo! Mail Plus subscription.
  2. Click the Settings gear in Gmail.
  3. Select Settings from the menu that appears.
  4. Go to the Accounts and Import tab.
  5. Click Add a POP3 mail account you own (or Add another email address you own) under Check mail from other accounts (using POP3).
  6. Type your Yahoo! Mail address under Email address.
  7. Click Next Step.
  8. Enter your full Yahoo! Mail address under Username.
  9. Type your Yahoo! Mail password under Password.
  10. Make sure pop.mail.yahoo.com is selected under POP Server.
    • Use pop.att.yahoo.com or pop.sbcglobal.yahoo.com for AT&T email.
    • If the desired server does not appear in the drop-down menu:
      1. Select Other.
      2. Type the server name under POP Server.
  11. Select 995 under Port.
  12. Typically, you should check Leave a copy of retrieved messages on the server.
    • With Leave a copy of retrieved messages on the server not checked, your Yahoo! email will be retained only in Gmail, not in Yahoo!.
  13. Check Always use a secure connection (SSL) when retrieving mail.
  14. Optionally, check Label incoming messages and pick a label to make emails downloaded from Yahoo! Mail easily recognizable and accessible.
  1. Optionally, check Archive incoming messages (Skip the Inbox) to create archived copies of your new Yahoo! Mail messages without having them interfere with your normal use of Gmail.
  2. Click Add Account.
  3. Select Yes, I want to be able to send mail as ___  under Would you also like to be able to send mail as ___?.
  4. Click Next Step.
  5. Under Name, enter the name you want to appear in the From line when you send mail using your Yahoo! Mail address from Gmail.
  6. Typically, you should check Treat as an alias.
    • Having the Yahoo! Mail address treated as an alias means Gmail will view email from your Yahoo! Mail address as coming from you, and mail to your Yahoo! Mail address as sent to you.
    • If you send a message from Yahoo! Mail to your Gmail address with Treat as an alias enabled and reply in Gmail, your Gmail address will appear in the To field instead of the Yahoo! Mail address; to prevent this, make sure Treat as an alias is not checked.
  7. If you want replies to messages you send from Gmail using your Yahoo! Mail address to go to an address different from your Yahoo! Mail address:
    1. Click Specify a different "reply-to" address.
    2. Type the desired address under Reply-to address.
  1. Click Next Step.
  2. Select Send through yahoo.com SMTP servers.
  3. Enter smtp.mail.yahoo.com under SMTP Server.
  4. Choose 465 under Port.
  5. Enter your Yahoo! Mail address under Username.
  6. Type your Yahoo! Mail password under Password.
  7. Make sure Secured connection using SSL is selected.
  8. Click Add Account.
  9. Click Send Verification if you are prompted.
  10. Open the email from "Gmail Team" with the subject "Gmail Confirmation – Send Mail as ___"  that you should receive at your Yahoo! Mail address.
  11. Copy the confirmation code.
  12. Paste the code under Enter and verify the confirmation code in the Gmail Add another email address you own window.
  13. Click Verify.

A Few Notes

Gmail access requires a Yahoo! Mail Plus subscription; it does not work with plain Yahoo! Mail accounts.

In addition to fetching new messages, Gmail also can import existing mail (and address book entries) from your Yahoo! Mail account; this does not require Yahoo! Mail Plus. As an alternative to having Yahoo! Mail download new mail, you also can set up Yahoo! Mail (with a Yahoo! Mail Plus subscription) to forward to your Gmail address.

If you use Inbox for Google—Google's other email service—simply log into your regular Gmail account and follow the steps above. Changes made in Gmail apply to Inbox for Google as well.