How to Automatically Organize Yahoo Mail Messages

OtherInbox's Organizer App organizes Yahoo Mail emails for you

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It can be easy to clutter up your Yahoo! Mail account with unorganized folders and messages that get in the way of the important ones.

Fortunately, there's an online service that can monitor your email account and automatically organize messages for you.

What Is the Organizer App?

OtherInbox is a store of web apps that you can use with your email account, and one such app is called Organizer. This tool automatically puts emails into separate folders to declutter your Inbox folder.

The great thing about this type of organization is that you can keep using Yahoo Mail like you do every day. Particular types of messages will automatically move into folders for you so that you can quit trying to organize your mail manually.

For example, newsletters and promotional emails will no longer appear in your Inbox folder, emails related to social networking will appear in an "OIB Social Networking" folder, shopping and auction emails will be put into their own "OIB Shopping" folder, etc. 

Allow "Less Secure" Connections to Yahoo!

As a security precaution, Yahoo blocks all outside connections to your account. In order to use Otherinbox, you'll need to disable this security setting.

  1. Open your browser, and sign in to your Yahoo Mail account.

    Yahoo Mail inbox screenshot
  2. From your inbox, select your name and picture to open your account options.

  3. In the resulting menu, choose Account Info.

    Yahoo Mail inbox account menu screenshot
  4. Yahoo will take you to your account page. Take a look at the menu on the left, and select Account Security.

    Yahoo account page screenshot
  5. Scroll down until you see Allow apps that use less secure sign in.

    Yahoo account security screenshot
  6. Flip the switch to allow the "less secure" sign in options. Yahoo may prompt you to prove your identity again before enabling the setting.

    Yahoo account allow apps screenshot

How to Use OtherInbox Organizer With Yahoo Mail

The next step is to connect your Yahoo Mail account with the Organizer app:

  1. Organizer sign up webpage screenshot
  2. Enter your Yahoo Mail email address in the space provided on that page.

  3. Agree to the terms and then press LET'S GO!.

    Organizer sign up form screenshot
  4. Login to your Yahoo Mail account when asked.

    Organizer Yahoo Mail login screenshot
  5. Let Organizer access your account by choosing Agree when asked.

  6. When asked about the tutorial, either follow through with it or choose Skip the tutorial to jump right into using Organizer.

Now that Organizer can monitor your emails, you'll start to see folders appear in Yahoo Mail that are auto-created based on the emails you're getting.

You can change where emails are categorized by choosing a sender from the Organizer Dashboard, and then selecting a different destination folder.