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IMAP and POP for Yahoo Mail

When you set up an email app to access your email account, you're asked to pick between POP or IMAP access. Here are the settings you'll need, and the differences between these two ways of accessing your Yahoo Mail.

IMAP server settings

IMAP allows 2-way synching, which means everything you do remotely also affects your Yahoo Mail account.

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server

  • Server - imap.mail.yahoo.com
  • Port - 993
  • Requires SSL - Yes

Outgoing 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 (name@domain.com)
  • Password - Your account's password
  • Requires authentication - Yes

If you need specific instructions for your mail client or app, reach out to its manufacturer.

POP server settings

POP uses 1-way synching, which downloads your email as a copy into the app, allowing you to move and delete them in the app without affecting the original emails in your Yahoo Mail account.

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 (name@domain.com.)
  • Password - Your account's password.
  • Requires authentication - Yes

More about IMAP and POP

Learn more about the differences between IMAP and POP.

IMAP

IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) is a newer protocol that keeps your emails on the email server, allowing you to remotely access and manage your email. What you do in the app affects email on the email server.

  • 2-way sync - Emails stay on the server and are accessed remotely.
  • Full access - Access every email from every folder using the app.
  • Record of sent email - Email you send using the app is saved on the server.
  • Manage mailbox once - Emails you delete or move in the app are also moved or deleted on the server.

POP

POP (Post Office Protocol) is an older protocol that copies emails from the email server to the app. It doesn't allow for actions or sent email to be uploaded from the app back to the email server.

  • 1-way sync - Only downloads email from the server.
  • Limited access - Only download emails from the Inbox and Spam folders.
  • No record of sent email - Emails sent from the app are not saved on the server.
  • Keep email on server options - Different settings allow you to leave a copy of your email on the server, or delete it when it's downloaded.
  • Manage Inboxes independently - Deleting or moving email in the app isn't reflected on the server.

 

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