Yahoo! Mail Review: Description, Pros and Cons

Is Yahoo! Mail worth the price you don't pay?

Yahoo Mail is a feature-rich email program that can be accessed on the web, Windows 10, and mobile devices. Yahoo Mail offers unlimited storage, SMS texting, social networking, and instant messaging.

Pros and Cons of Using Yahoo Mail

What We Like
  • Integrates email, instant messaging, social networks, and SMS text messaging.

  • Keyboard shortcuts, a desktop-like interface, and attention to detail.

  • Comes with 1 TB of online storage.

What We Don't Like
  • Spam filter isn't precise and manual rules aren't flexible.

  • Can't label messages freely or set up smart folders.

  • Doesn't offer IMAP access for desktop email programs.

While Yahoo Mail is generally user-friendly, free-form labeling and smart folders would be nice, and the spam filter could catch junk more effectively.

Screenshot of Yahoo Mail

Highlights

  • Yahoo Mail offers free email accounts with 1 TB of online storage at the yahoo.com, ymail.com, and rocketmail.com domains.
  • Access Yahoo Mail on the web, using POP, and through IMAP on certain devices and email programs. Yahoo Mail accounts can also be forwarded to another email address.
  • Disposable email addresses provide you with throwaway addresses that deliver to your Yahoo Mail account for as long as a disposable address is active.
  • Up to 200 filters automatically file incoming mail. You can also block email addresses and instant messaging contacts.
  • Two-step authentication and on-demand passwords (together with application passwords when needed) secure your mail.
  • Collect mail from additional POP accounts, and send from these addresses using the web interface.
  • Virus scanning and blocked-by-default remote images or other content in emails protects you from online harm.
  • Keyboard shortcuts, drag, and drop, tabs, address auto-completion, and more give Yahoo Mail desktop-like qualities.
  • On mobile devices, Yahoo Mail offers web-based and native applications (available for Android and iPhone).
  • All connections to Yahoo Mail (through the web, apps, IMAP, POP, and SMTP) use encryption by default for security.
  • Paid Yahoo Mail services exclude advertisements.

Yahoo Mail Storage

Space, with Yahoo Mail, is practically no issue. You can accumulate as much 1 TB (1,000 GB) of email data.

Organizing Mail in Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail offers folders to hold messages and a search capability to find mail. However, search categories cannot be saved as smart folders. Yahoo Mail does come with up to 200 filters that automatically file incoming mail but you cannot apply multiple labels to messages.

Yahoo Mail comes with solid but not stellar spam control. It could do better in that area. Yahoo Mail scans for viruses and protects against web-bugs in unknown senders messages.

Accessing Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail includes IMAP and POP access and can forward messages automatically. All connections between your device and Yahoo are secured with encryption by default.

On mobile devices, Yahoo Mail offers a rich web-based application that allows for a full archive and some offline search, for example. iPhone and Android devices get native applications with these features, contact integration, support for attachments, and more.