How to Set Up Yahoo Mail Auto-Reply

Send automatic replies from your Yahoo Mail while on vacation

What to Know

  • In the latest version of Yahoo Mail, enter your message at More settings > Vacation response.
  • In Yahoo Mail Basic, type your message at Account info > Options > Go > Vacation response and enter the appropriate settings.

This article explains how to automatically reply to incoming emails in Yahoo Mail to inform senders not to expect an answer from you right away. These instructions apply to web versions of Yahoo Mail in all browsers.

How to Set up a Vacation Auto-Reply in Yahoo Mail

To have Yahoo Mail reply to emails automatically while you're out of the office:

  1. Select the gear in the upper-right corner of Yahoo Mail.

    Gear icon in Yahoo Mail
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  2. Select More Settings.

    More Settings option in Yahoo Mail
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  3. Select Vacation response.

    Vacation response link in Yahoo mail
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  4. Turn on the Turn on vacation response toggle switch.

    Vacation response toggle in Yahoo Mail
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  5. Specify the start and end date for the auto-reply.

    Dates for vacation response in Yahoo Mail
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  6. Type your auto-reply message.

    A response message in Yahoo Mail's vacation responder
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    Use the toolbar to apply text formatting to the auto-reply message.

  7. To send an alternate message to senders who share a domain, select the Send a different response to specific domains check box, then enter the required information.

    Send a different response to specific domains option in Yahoo Mail
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  8. Select Save.

Yahoo Mail remembers who has received an auto-reply, so repeat senders will see just one message.

How to Set up a Vacation Auto-Reply in Yahoo Mail Basic

To configure Yahoo Mail Basic to reply to incoming messages automatically:

  1. Select the Account Info drop-down arrow in the upper-right corner of Yahoo Mail Basic.

    Account Info dropdown in Yahoo Mail Basic
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  2. Select Options, then select Go.

    Options for Yahoo Mail Basic
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  3. Select Vacation Response.

    Vacation Response link in Yahoo Mail Basic
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  4. Check the Enable auto-response during these dates (inclusive) box.

    Enable auto-response checkbox in Yahoo Mail Basic
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  5. Specify the start and end date for the auto-reply, then type your auto-reply message.

    Calendar choices for Yahoo Mail Basic auto responder
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    Text formatting is not available in Yahoo Mail Basic.

  6. To send an alternate message to senders who share a domain, select the Different response to emails from a specific domain check box, then enter the required information.

    Different response to emails from a specific domain checkbox in Yahoo Mail Basic
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  7. Select Save.

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