How to Review Your Yahoo! Mail Spam Folder Periodically

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Yahoo! Mail includes the ability to automatically filter spam to the Spam (or, possibly in your Yahoo! Mail version the Bulk Mail) folder. This works fairly well and keeps your Yahoo! Mail Inbox practically spam-free. But you don't know what mail you may be missing!

Review Your Yahoo! Mail Spam Folder Periodically

Like much anything in life, the filters are, alas, not perfect. So the desired message may end up in the Bulk Mail folder instead of the Yahoo! Mail Inbox.

That is why you should go to the Spam (in Yahoo! Mail) (or Bulk in Yahoo! Mail Classic) folder once in a while to see whether any legit mail has been hiding there.

Will Mail in the Yahoo! Mail Spam Folder Be Deleted Automatically?

Do keep in mind that messages in the Spam folder will be deleted automatically after they have been in the folder for 30 days. You should visit and check the Spam folder at least that often—about once a month or every four weeks—to not miss any good messages.

What Can I Do to Prevent Automatic Deletion?

In addition to reviewing the contents of the Spam folder, you can mark erroneously filtered messages as not junk. This not only will recover the message to your Yahoo! Mail inbox—and make it available for download via Yahoo! Mail POP access, for instance— it will also train the spam filter not to catch similar messages in the future.

Recover Good Mail From the Spam Folder in Yahoo! Mail

To mark a message as not junk in Yahoo! Mail and recover it from the Spam folder:

  1. Open the Spam folder in Yahoo! Mail.

    Yahoo Mail spam folder
  2. Make sure the message you want to recover is checked in the message list.

    ​​You can check more than one message, say from the same sender, and mark them as not spam in one go.

    You can also open the message.

    Note that Yahoo! Mail search does not look for emails in the Spam folder.

  3. Select Not Spam in the folder's (or the message's) toolbar.

    Yahoo Mail mark as not spam

Recover Good Mail From Spam Folder in Yahoo! Mail Basic

To restore a good email from your spam folder using Yahoo! Mail Basic:

  1. Open the Spam folder.

    Yahoo Basic spam folder
  2. Make sure all messages you want to recover are checked in the message list.

  3. Select Not Spam in the folder's toolbar.

    Yahoo Basic mark as not spam

As an alternative, you can also open a message to mark it not spam:

  1. Open the message you want to recover in the Spam folder.

    Yahoo Basic mail message
  2. Select Actions in the message's toolbar.

  3. Choose Not spam from the menu that has appeared.

    Yahoo Basic mark message not spam
  4. Press Apply in the email's toolbar.

Recover Good Mail from Spam Folder in the Yahoo! Mail Mobile App

To mark an email as not spam in the Yahoo! Mail app on mobile devices and have it restored to the inbox folder:

  1. Go to the Spam folder in the Yahoo! Mail app.

    Yahoo Android app inbox and spam folder
  2. Open a single email or make sure one or more messages are checked.

  3. ​​Long-tap one message to bring up the selection checkboxes.

  4. Tap the more items in the bottom toolbar It looks like three stacked dots.

  5. Select Not spam from the menu that has appeared.

    Yahoo Mail mark as not spam on Android

Once you have checked the Spam folder and recovered any good mail inadvertently caught, you can delete all remaining messages in the folder—so you do not have to check them for good again.

Empty the Spam Folder Quickly in Yahoo! Mail

To quickly delete all emails in the Yahoo! Mail Spam folder:

  1. Position the mouse cursor over the Spam folder in the Yahoo! Mail folder list.

  2. Select the Empty the Spam folder trash icon (🗑) that has appeared to the folder name's right.

    Yahoo Mail empty spam
  3. A window will open asking you if you're sure you want to delete everything. Press OK.

    Yahoo Mail confirm deleting spam