Yahoo! is celebrating its 16th birthday, and thus the company rolled out some pleasant changes for its popular Yahoo Mail service. The new design comes with many new features, themes and a new user interface. Also users now get the ability to create disposable email addresses, and most important of all—the ability to configure Yahoo Mail with POP3 and IMAP access.

Previously, Yahoo Mail supported POP3 and IMAP, but only for paid customers, and free users didn’t get this benefit. But not anymore. Now with Yahoo’s new update, even free users get to configure POP3 and IMAP. The advantage of this is that you can now configure your Yahoo Mail account in an email client like Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook, etc. Which email client to use of course depends on your own personal preference.

Fortunately, configuring Yahoo Mail in an email client is very easy. Some email clients like Thunderbird will automatically detect your email service provider and will configure its settings, but for some, you’ll need to configure the settings manually, which we’ll be taking a look at in the section below.

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Yahoo Mail POP3 and IMAP Settings

  • Your name
  • Email address (enter full email address)
  • Password

POP3 server:

  • Incoming mail (POP3) server: pop.mail.yahoo.com
  • Incoming port (requires SSL): 995
  • Outgoing mail (SMTP) server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com
  • Outgoing port (requires SSL/TLS): 465, 587, or 25
  • Requires authentication (Email and password): Yes

IMAP server:

  • Incoming Server: imap.mail.yahoo.com
  • Outgoing Server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com
  • Incoming Port (requires SSL): 993
  • Outgoing SMTP Port (requires SSL/TLS): 465, 587, or 25
  • Requires authentication: Yes

Note: Ensure that you specify correct port settings and also enable SSL and TLS from advanced settings.

Once you’ve configured these settings in your email client, you can start getting all your Yahoo mails on your desktop. No more do you need a web browser to check your mails.