Learn How to Report a Message as Spam to Yahoo Mail

Improve the spam filters in Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Mail Basic

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Yahoo Mail has spam filters, so most unsolicited messages are placed in the Spam folder automatically. Nonetheless, spam will occasionally make it to your inbox. If you report the spam to Yahoo Mail, the company modifies its filters to catch that particular type of spam in the future.

Instructions in this article apply to the web versions of Yahoo Mail as well as the Yahoo Mail mobile app for Android and iOS.

How to Report a Message as Spam in Yahoo Mail

To alert Yahoo Mail that junk mail that made it past the spam filter:

  1. Select the checkbox beside the message(s) in your inbox that you wish to report as spam.

    screenshot - Select the checkbox beside the message(s) in your inbox that you wish to report as spam.
  2. Select Spam in the toolbar above your inbox to move the message to your Spam folder.

    screenshot - Select Spam in the toolbar above your inbox to move the message to your Spam folder.

Alternatively, you can mark an individual message as spam by selecting Spam while viewing it.

How to Report a Message as Spam in Basic Yahoo Mail

The process for reporting spam in Yahoo Mail Basic is the same, but the interface is a little different:

  1. Select the checkbox beside the message(s) in your inbox that you wish to report as spam.

    screenshot - Select the checkbox beside the message(s) in your inbox that you wish to report as spam.
  2. Select Spam in the toolbar above your inbox to move the message to your Spam folder.

    screenshot - Select Spam in the toolbar above your inbox to move the message to your Spam folder.
  3. Alternatively, you can mark an individual message as spam while viewing it:

  1. Select Actions in the toolbar.
  2. Select Mark as Spam.
  3. Select Apply
screenshot - To mark an individual message as spam while viewing it, select Actions in the toolbar, select Mark as Spam, then select Apply.

How to Report a Message as Spam in the Yahoo Mail App

You can report individual messages as spam while viewing them in the Yahoo Mail mobile app:

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

    screenshot - Select the three vertical dots to the right of the sender's name.
  2. Select Spam from the drop-down menu.

    screenshot - Select Spam from the drop-down menu.

How to Report Spam From Another Yahoo Mail Account

If the spam is coming from another Yahoo Mail account, you can report the user directly by going to the Report Abuse or Spam on Yahoo page in your browser. Select report it to Yahoo directly and enter the requested information.

screenshot - Select report it to Yahoo directly and enter the requested information on the Report Abuse or Spam on Yahoo page.