Accessing Free Yahoo! Mail with Mac OS X Mail

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Web-based or desktop email? That's not necessarily the question.

With Mac OS X Mail, Yahoo! Mail and IzyMail, you do have the choice, but you can also use both​ side by side. IzyMail offers IMAP access to Yahoo! Mail, which means you'll see all your Yahoo! Mail folders in Mac OS X Mail, and if you move messages in Mail, they'll be moved if you access Yahoo! Mail in your browser, too.

You can also access your Yahoo!

Mail account in Mac OS X Mail using the simple MacFreePOPs interface, which lets you download new messages with simplicity and speed.

Access Free Yahoo! Mail with Mac OS X Mail Using POP Over MacFreePOPs

To set up access to a free Yahoo! Mail account in Mac OS X Mail:

  • Install MacFreePOPs and make sure the freepopsd service is running.
  • Select Mail | Preferences... from the menu in Mac OS X Mail.
  • Go to the Accounts category.
  • Click + at the bottom of the Accounts list.
  • Type your name under Full Name:.
  • Enter your full Yahoo! Mail address (e.g. "example@yahoo.com") under Email Address:.
  • Type your Yahoo! Mail password under Password:.
  • Make sure Automatically set up account is not checked.
  • Click Continue.
  • Make sure POP is selected under Account Type:.
  • Enter "Yahoo! Mail" under Account Description:.
  • Enter "localhost" (without the quotation marks) under Incoming Mail Server:.
    • If you run into problems using "localhost", try "127.0.0.1".
  • Type your full Yahoo! Mail address ("example@yahoo.com", for example) under User Name:.
    • Mac OS X Mail probably has already entered your username, and it's enough to append "@yahoo.com" to complete the address.
  • Click Continue.
  • Click Continue again, ignoring the error. We'll take care of that in a bit.
  • Make sure Password is selected under Authentication:.
  • Leave Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) unchecked.
  • Click Continue.
  • Select an existing mail server to send mail under Outgoing Mail Server:.
    • You cannot send mail through MacFreePOPs. If you have no outgoing mail server through your ISP, you can use a Gmail or AIM Mail accounts.
  • Click Continue.
  • Now click Create.
  • Highlight the Yahoo! Mail account in the Accounts list.
  • Go to the Advanced tab.
  • Enter "2000" (not including the quotation marks) under Port:.
  • Close the Accounts window.
  • Click Save.

Access Free Yahoo! Mail with Mac OS X Mail Using IMAP Over IzyMail

To add a free Yahoo! Mail account in Mac OS X Mail using IzyMail, which provides access to all mail in all folders seamlessly:

  • Make sure your Yahoo! Mail account is registered with IzyMail.
  • Select Mail | Preferences... from the menu in Mac OS X Mail.
  • Go to the Accounts category.
  • Click + under the accounts list.
  • Make sure IMAP is selected under Account Type:.
  • Type "Yahoo! Mail (IzyMail)" under Account Description.
  • Enter your name under Full Name:.
  • Type your complete Yahoo! Mail address under Email Address:.
  • Click Continue.
  • Enter "in.izymail.com" (not including the quotation marks) under Incoming Mail Server:.
  • Type your full Yahoo! Mail address under User Name:.
    • If your Yahoo! Mail address is qwertui@yahoo.com, do type "qwertui@yahoo.com" (omitting the quotation marks).
    • Mac OS X Mail probably has already entered the username for you. If you already find "qwertui" in the User Name: field, just append "@yahoo.com".
  • Enter your Yahoo! Mail password under Password:.
  • Click Continue.
  • Type "out.izymail.com" (without the quotation marks) under Outgoing Mail Server:.
  • Make sure Use Authentication is checked.
  • Enter your full Yahoo! Mail address under User Name:.
  • Type your Yahoo! Mail password under Password: again.
  • Click Continue.
  • Click Continue again.
  • Now click Done.
  • Cloe the Accounts window.
  • Click Save.
  • Open the _Draft folder under Yahoo! Mail (IzyMail) in the folder list.
  • Select Mailbox | Use This Mailbox For | Drafts from the menu.
  • Open the _Sent folder under Yahoo! Mail (IzyMail).
  • Select Mailbox | Use This Mailbox For | Sent from the menu.
  • Open the _Trash folder under Yahoo! Mail (IzyMail).
  • Select Mailbox | Use This Mailbox For | Trash from the menu.
  • Open the _Bulk folder under Yahoo! Mail (IzyMail).
  • Select Mailbox | Use This Mailbox For | Junk from the menu.

Done!

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