How to Switch to Yahoo! Mail Basic (Simple HTML)

Yahoo! Mail Basic Screenshot
The Simple HTML Look of Yahoo! Mail Basic. Yahoo!, Inc.

Yahoo! Mail Basic is a simple and functional interface to Yahoo! Mail that should work fast in any browser.

Do You Fancy Fast and Simple for Your Yahoo! Mail?

Under "fancy," the thesaurus list "exorbitant," which means as much as "out of the bounds of reason," right?

Who, then, would want to use fancy—unreasonable—HTML for reading and sending emails with Yahoo! Mail? Not you, especially not if a more sensible, simple option is available?

Yahoo! Mail engages its basic mode automatically when it recognizes a slow connection or a browser it does not know to handle the fully featured interface; you can also switch to basic HTML for your Yahoo! Mail manually, though.

Switch to Yahoo! Mail Basic (Simple HTML Similar to Yahoo! Mail Classic)

To open your Yahoo! Mail account in a mode that employs only simple HTML and may work more robustly in your browser:

  1. Try opening Yahoo! Mail Basic directly using the following link:
  2. If that does not work, open Yahoo! Mail in a desktop browser.
    Tip: On a tablet, for example, you can try requesting the desktop version of the Yahoo! Mial site in your browser.

    Note: if you have switched to the latest version of Yahoo! Mail, you need to go to classic Yahoo! Mail before Yahoo! Mail Basic becomes available: click the settings gear and follow the Switch to classic mail link.
  1. Click the settings gear icon ( ​) near your Yahoo! Mail's top right corner (or hover the mouse cursor over it).
  2. Select Settings from the menu that appears.
  3. Go to the Viewing email category.
  4. Make sure Basic is selected under Mail version.
  5. Click Save.

Switch to Full Yahoo! Mail from Yahoo! Mail Basic

To open Yahoo!

Mail using the full interface from Yahoo! Mail basic:

  1. Follow the Switch to the newest Yahoo! Mail link.

    Note: Depending on your browser, browser settings (e.g., JavaScript disabled) and internet connection speed, Yahoo! Mail Basic may be the only supported version. For users not yet 13 years of age, Yahoo! Mail Basic is also the only version available.

(Switching to Yahoo! Mail Basic tested with Yahoo! Mail classic and Yahoo! Mail Basic in a desktop browser)

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