Setup Outlook Express to Access Yahoo Mail

You can access your Yahoo Mail mailbox using outlook express or any other POP3 or IMAP4 client

Yahoo allows access to your email using the POP3 and IMAP4 protocols which are standard protocols on most email clients.

This tutorial illustrates the setup using outlook express, but the configuration is similar on other clients like windows live mail and outlook.



POP3 or IMAP4 ?

You first need to decide on what protocol you will use to access your mailbox.

IMAP4 is the preferred choice because it leaves email on the server.

This means that the email can be accessed by other devices e.g. your mobile phone.

See accessing Your email using Multiple email clients

Configuring IMAP Access to Yahoo Mail

To access your Yahoo mailbox using IMAP4 he following information is required:

Incoming Yahoo Mail (IMAP) Server

Server – imap.mail.yahoo.com
Port – 993
Requires SSL – Yes

Outgoing Yahoo Mail (SMTP) Server

Server – smtp.mail.yahoo.com
Port – 465 or 587
Requires SSL – Yes
Requires authentication – Yes

Your login info

Email address – Your full email address (you@yahoo.com)
Password – Your account’s password
Requires authentication – Yes

The procedure is as follows:

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Accounts.
  2. Select the Mail tab.
  3. Click the Add button.
  4. From the Add menu, click Mail.
  5. In the text box labelled Display Name, type your name and click Next.
  6. In the Email Address and the reply address box , type your Yahoo! Mail address (be sure to include @yahoo.com) and click Next.
  7. Under My incoming mail server is a… select IMAP4
  8. Type imap.mail.yahoo.com in the Incoming Mail (POP3, IMAP4, or HTTP) Server box.
  9. Type smtp.mail.yahoo.com in the Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server box.
  10. Click Next.
  11. In the Account Name box, type your Yahoo! Mail ID (your email address with the @yahoo.com).
  12. In the Password box, type your Yahoo! Mail password.
  13. Check the Remember password box.
  14. Click Finish

The account set up is not complete at this stage as the Yahoo account requires SSL,

Highlight the account in the Internet accounts window and click properties to edit the account

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Click on the servers tab and check the box My server requires authentication and click Apply.

Note:This is for SMTP authentication

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Click on the Advanced Tab and you should see the IMAP and SMTP Port settings which are the default settings.

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Check the This server requires a secure connection for both SMTP and IMAP4 and change the port numbers to the valuess shown earlier.

outlook-express-ssl-ports

Configuring POP3 Access yo Yahoo Mail

To configure POP3 access to Yahoo mail the following information is required:

Incoming Mail (POP) Server

Server – pop.mail.yahoo.com
Port – 995
Requires SSL – Yes

Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server

Server – smtp.mail.yahoo.com
Port – 465 or 587
Requires SSL – Yes
Requires TLS – Yes (if available)
Requires authentication – Yes

Your login info

Email address – Your full email address (you@yahoo.com.)
Password – Your account’s password.
Requires authentication – Yes

The procedure is as follows:

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Accounts.
  2. Select the Mail tab.
  3. Click the Add button.
  4. From the Add menu, click Mail.
  5. In the text box labelled Display Name, type your name and click Next.
  6. In the Email Address and the reply address box , type your Yahoo! Mail address (be sure to include @yahoo.com) and click Next.
  7. Under My incoming mail server is a… select POP3.
  8. Type POP.mail.yahoo.com in the Incoming Mail (POP3, IMAP4, or HTTP) Server box.
  9. Type smtp.mail.yahoo.com in the Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server box.
  10. Click Next.
  11. In the Account Name box, type your Yahoo! Mail ID (your email address with the @yahoo.com).
  12. In the Password box, type your Yahoo! Mail password.
  13. If you want Outlook Express to remember your password, check the Remember password box.
  14. Do not check the boxes labelled Log on using Secure…
  15. Check the box next to My Server Requires Authentication.
  16. Click Next.
  17. Click Finish.

The account setup is not complete at this stage as the Yahoo account requires SSL,

Highlight the account in the Internet accounts window and click properties to edit the account.

On the Servers tab enable  My server requires authentication and click Apply.

Click on the Advanced tab and

  • Enable both SMTP and POP3 for SSL
  • Change the port numbers to those given above.

outlook-express-pop3-ports-yahoo

Note:Before you connect outlook express to your yahoo mailbox you should be aware that the default behaviour of the POP3 protocol is to move the messages from your email server (yahoo mailbox) to your email client.

If you leave the client set for this then after you connect outlook express to your Yahoo mailbox the email will no longer be visible when you connect to your yahoo mailbox with your web browser.

If you want the email to be available to both outlook express client and the standard web browser then you need to leave a copy of the email on the server.

You find this settings under the advanced tab.

I recommend that you setup your client before you enable access to your yahoo email.

Almost Done!
In order to access Yahoo email with POP3 you need to have enabled POP3 access to your Yahoo mailbox.

You will find this under Options>mail Options>Pop and Forwarding. (see below)

Done: Now you should be able to send and receive email using Outlook Express, and your Yahoo email address/account.

Common Setup Errors

If you have errors when trying to receive email then:

  1. Check that you are using the full account name of name@yahoo.com and not just name
  2. You are using the correct Port numbers.
  3. Check you are using SSL.

Note: if you see this message when you try sending email:

It is because you forgot to enable SMTP authentication.

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