Learn the Easiest Way to Switch to Yahoo Mail Classic

Want to Use the Basic Version of Yahoo Mail?

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You might want to switch to Yahoo Mail Classic to get to the older, basic version of Yahoo Mail. This would be a smart move if your connection is slower since it doesn't load the newer menu items and doesn't look as nice. However, the newer version is useful since it does look and feel better and categorizes mail by date. 

It'd be nice to not have to decide on either right now, and just switch back and forth between the basic and newer version of the interface, to give them both a try and see which you like. You might even want to occasionally switch between them for certain occasions.

Can You Switch to Yahoo Mail Classic?

Unfortunately, you can no longer switch back to Yahoo Mail Classic once you've moved to Yahoo Mail. However, you need not use the full Yahoo Mail; you can instead opt for Yahoo Mail basic, a simple version of Yahoo Mail that's similar to Yahoo Mail Classic.

The easiest way to switch to the basic version of Yahoo Mail is to log onto your account and then open this URL, which will take you directly to the older view.

Here's another way:

  1. From Yahoo Mail, click or tap the Help menu button at the top right of the page. It's the one that looks like a gear.

  2. Choose Settings from that drop-down menu.

  3. In the Viewing email section, which should be open by default, scroll down to the very bottom and choose Basic instead of Full featured.

  4. Click the Save button.

  5. The page will refresh and give you the older, basic version of Yahoo Mail.

Switch to Yahoo Mail From Yahoo Mail Classic

  1. While in the basic version of Yahoo Mail, point your attention to the area right below your name but above the emails.

  2. Click or tap Switch to the newest Yahoo Mail.

  3. Yahoo Mail will refresh automatically and give you the newest version.