Opening BT Yahoo! Mail Classic Your Way

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Opening BT Yahoo! Mail in an Email Application

Though the BT Yahoo! Mail website provides a robust, easy-to-use environment for remotely managing your email through a Web browser, you may prefer to receive, send, and organise your messages using an email application installed on your computer or your mobile phone. The application still retrieves your mail from the BT Yahoo! mail server, but now the messages are downloaded and stored on your system and you read them using the application.

One advantage to using an email application is that you can work with your email offline. For example, you can draft messages when you aren’t connected to the Internet (such as when you’re on an airplane) and send the messages later when you can connect.

Using an email application with BT Yahoo! Mail requires some setup within your BT Yahoo! Mail account and within the email application so that the application can access the BT Yahoo! mail server. During the application setup, you can usually specify whether the application should delete the downloaded messages from the server or leave a copy of them on the server. If you leave them on the server, you’ll be able to read them in BT Yahoo! Mail when using another computer.

First, set up your BT Yahoo! Mail account. You’ll need information from this process that you’ll use while setting up your email application.

The following POP3 email applications work with the BT Yahoo! Mail server:

  • Microsoft Outlook 2007
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002 (XP) & 2003
  • Microsoft Outlook 98 and 2000
  • Microsoft Outlook Express
  • Microsoft Outlook Express for Macintosh
  • Eudora 5.1 or higher
  • IncrediMail build 618 and higher
  • Microsoft Entourage 2001 and higher

Tip: Accessing BT Yahoo! Mail using an email application is sometimes referred to as "popping out of" BT Yahoo! Mail.


Here’s How

  1. In the upper-right corner of the your BT Yahoo! Mail page, click the Options link, then select Mail Options from the menu.

    Click the Options link, then select Mail Options.

    The Mail Options page opens.

  2. On the left side of the mail options page, click the POP & Forwarding link.

    Click the POP & Forwarding link.

  3. On the POP & Forwarding page, be sure that the Allow your Yahoo! Mail to be POPed option is selected.

    Select the Allow you Yahoo! Mail to be POPed option

  4. By default, BT Yahoo! Mail doesn’t include messages that it identifies as spam when you POP your BT Yahoo! Mail. If you want to see these messages as well, select include spam messages from the menu next to the Allow your Yahoo! Mail to be POPed option.

    To POP spam messages, select "include spam messages".Enlarge

    • don’t POP spam—(the default) Select this option if you do not want to pop the messages in your Spam mail folder on the BT Yahoo! Mail server.

    • include spam messages—Select this option if you want to pop the messages in your Spam mail folder on the BT Yahoo! Mail server, but with no indicator in the message header.

    • include spam messages and add [Bulk] as prefix to subject—Select this option if you want to pop the messages in your Spam mail folder on the BT Yahoo! Mail server and you want the message subject to include “[Bulk]” at the beginning.

  5. Click the blue question mark icon to see information about the POP settings for your BT Yahoo! Mail account.

    Click the question mark icon for settings information.

    Important: Make a note of your account settings, because you’ll need this information to configure your email application to work with the BT Yahoo! mail server.

  6. If you made any changes on this page, click the Save Changes button.

    Click Save Changes

  7. Click the Back to Mail button to return to BT Yahoo! Mail.

    Click the Back to Mail button.


What’s Next

Even if you normally use an email application to read your BT Yahoo! Mail, you can still visit the BT Yahoo! Mail website to view and manage your mail account and to read messages that you’ve left on the mail server. You get the best of both. You can use the application at home, and a browser while on vacation on some foreign shore. Just be sure that you don’t have the application delete the messages from the Yahoo! server.

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Words to Know

  • Mail server: an application that receives incoming email and forwards outgoing email for delivery. A computer dedicated to running such applications is also called a mail server.
  • POP3: Post Office Protocol 3, a standard client/server protocol for receiving email in which a mail server receives and holds email messages for you.
  • Spam: unsolicited email on the Internet; also called "junk mail".
  • Web-based mail client: an application (usually a web site) that any computer with an Internet connection and a web browser can use to access the mail server.