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How to Configure Yahoo Mail with Thunderbird

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Yahoo is updating and introducing new features in Yahoo mail website regularly to make it more efficient and user-friendly. However, there are still many users who prefer the simplicity and security of Mozilla Thunderbird over Yahoo interface. Thankfully, you can configure Yahoo Mail with Thunderbird quite easily. This will allow you to read and write email through your Yahoo mail account on the Mozilla Thunderbird. You can configure Yahoo Mail with Thunderbird either using the IMAP settings or using POP settings.

The IMAP keeps your Yahoo emails on the server and show you the virtual copy when you recall it through Thunderbird. On the other hand, POP stores email locally on the computer. No matter if you prefer IMAP or POP, in this post, we will discuss both methods to configure Yahoo Mail with Thunderbird.

Configure Yahoo mail with Mozilla Thunderbird using POP

Unlike IMAP, POP doesn’t store the messages on the server. Actually, it is more of a traditional method of transferring email. In this method, the emails are stored locally on your computer. You can follow the steps given below in order to configure Yahoo Mail with Thunderbird.

  • First of all, you need to visit the Yahoo sign-in page and log into your Yahoo mail account.
  • Click on the settings (gear icon) located at the top right corner of the window.
  • Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
  • Then, click the “Edit” button available right next to your Yahoo mail account settings.
  • Here, you need to make sure that “POP” option is enabled in your account.
  • Click on the “Save” button and log out of your Yahoo mail account.
  • Now, run your Mozilla Thunderbird application.
  • Select “Email” from the option available below the “Create a new account”.
  • Select “Skip this and use my existing email” option.
  • Then Yahoo will prompt you to provide your username, password and name. Here, you need to enter the required information and click on “Continue”.
  • In case you are looking to use POP setup then you need to select the “POP3” option. Doing this will take all your emails from the Yahoo server and copy them in your computer system.
  • Finally, you need to click on “Done” to save the changes.

That’s it, Yahoo mail configuration with Thunderbird is complete. Now you can access all your Yahoo email on Thunderbird.

This is the process to configure Yahoo Mail with Thunderbird using POP setup. Now, let’s move on to the steps to configure Yahoo Mail with Thunderbird using IMAP.

How to configure Yahoo mail with Thunderbird using IMAP?

The advantage of using IMAP is that emails are stored on the server. So, if your PC breakdown due to whatever reasons your email messages will remain intact. Given below are the steps by which you can configure Yahoo mail with Mozilla Thunderbird using IMAP.

  • Firstly, you need to make sure that IMAP access is enabled in your Yahoo account.
  • Then, run Mozilla Thunderbird and click on your email.
  • Here, you need to click on the “Email” button under the “Create a new account” section.
  • Select “Skip this and use my existing email” option.
  • Now, Yahoo will prompt you to enter your username, name and password. Enter the requisite information and click on the “Continue” button.
  • Then you need to use your default settings or enter the following setting manually.
  • a. Incoming Mail (IMAP) server
  • i. Server – imap.mail.yahoo.com
  • ii. Requires SSL – Yes
  • iii. Port – 993
  • b. Outgoing Mail (SMTP) server
  • i. Server – smtp.mail.yahoo.com
  • ii. Requires SSL – Yes
  • iii. Port – 465 or 587
  • iv. Requires authentication – Yes
  • c. Your login Information
  • i. Email address – Your full Yahoo email ID
  • ii. Password – Your Yahoo mail account password
  • iii. Requires authentication – Yes
  • Once the configuration is complete, you should click on the “Re-test” button to check if the entered settings are correct or not. In case settings are not correct then you should try to insert correct settings again.
  • If the entered settings are correct then you don’t have to do anything else you can click the “Done” button to save the settings.

Some important points to remember

Although it is quite easy to configure Yahoo Mail with Thunderbird there are a few things that you should take care of as given below:

  • Make sure you use the latest version of Mozilla Thunderbird.
  • Don’t forget to check if POP/IMAP is enabled in your Yahoo email account before entering the settings in Thunderbird.
  • Please note that the passwords of Mozilla Thunderbird and Yahoo account are different. You should not get confused between the two while entering the settings.