How to Switch to Yahoo Mail Basic (Simple HTML)

Get this simpler version of Yahoo Mail if you have troubles loading emails

Yahoo Mail Basic Screenshot
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You can switch from the regular Yahoo Mail to Yahoo Mail Basic if you want a simpler, yet still functional interface that should work fast in any browser and on networks with lower-than-average speeds. It uses simple HTML to speed things up without all the fancy animations and buttons.

Yahoo Mail turns to basic mode automatically when it recognizes a slow connection or a browser that doesn't know to handle the fully featured interface.

However, you can also manually switch over to the basic Yahoo Mail website whenever you want.

Yahoo Mail Basic is similar to Yahoo Mail Classic, but since you cannot switch back to Yahoo Mail Classic once you've enabled the regular version, the basic one is your only option for using a lighter edition of Yahoo Mail.

How to Switch to Yahoo Mail Basic

The easiest way to open Yahoo Mail Basic is by using this direct link:

If that doesn't work, try this:

  1. Select the settings gear icon (​) at the very top right-hand side of Yahoo Mail, just next to your name.
  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 or tap Save to exit the settings and return to your mail, which is now using the basic version of Yahoo Mail.

How to Switch Back to the Full Yahoo Mail

Here's what to do if you're using Yahoo Mail Basic and want to turn on the regular Yahoo Mail again:

  1. Locate the Switch to the newest Yahoo Mail link at the very top of Yahoo Mail, right under your name and just above your emails.
  2. Yahoo Mail should open to the regular URL at

Note: Depending on your browser, browser settings (e.g. JavaScript is disabled), screen resolution, and internet connection speed, Yahoo Mail Basic may be the only supported version.

For users not yet 13 years of age, Yahoo Mail Basic might be the only version available to you.

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