Access Yahoo Mail using Mozilla Thunderbird

Not always online? Why not access your Yahoo Mail offline using a POP mail client like Mozilla Thunderbird? It's convenient and we have the steps to get you started here.

You'll want to first activate POP in Yahoo Mail, then set up your Mozilla Thunderbird account.

Activating POP access in your Yahoo Mail account

  1. Sign in to Yahoo Mail.
  2. Mouse over the Settings menu icon Gear Icon, then select Settings.
    - The Settings window appears with "Accounts" selected as the default category.
  3. To the right of "Yahoo account," click Edit.
  4. Under "Access your Yahoo Mail elsewhere," select POP.
  5. Select your POP option from the drop-down menu:
    • Don't download spam email - Only messages from your Yahoo Mail Inbox will be POP'd to your external mail client.
    • Download spam with no special indicators:
      • Messages in your Yahoo Mail Inbox and Spam folders are POP'd to your external mail client.
      • You will not be able to differentiate between the messages that are POP'd from your Inbox and Spam folders.
    • Download spam, but prefix the word "Spam":
      • Messages in your Yahoo Mail Inbox and Spam folders are POP'd to your external mail client.
      • Those messages will appear with "Spam" in the subject line when viewed in your external mail client.
  6. Click Save.

Setting up your Yahoo Mail account in Mozilla Thunderbird

Verified through version 17

  1. Launch Mozilla Thunderbird.
    - If you're using Thunderbird for the first time, skip to step 3.
  2. Click Create a new account.
  3. In the "Would you like a new email address?" window, click Skip this and use my existing email.
    - The "Mail Account Setup" pop-up window appears.
  4. Enter your account details as follows:
    • Your name: Enter your name as you'd like it to appear in email.
      - For example, "Jo Bloggs."
    • Email address: Enter your full Yahoo Mail Plus email address.
      - For example, ""
    • Password: Enter your Yahoo Mail account password. 
  5. Click Continue.
    - The pop-up window expands.
  6. Select POP3 (keep mail on your computer.)
    - Thunderbird will display settings for your account.
  7. Select Manual Config.
    - Server settings appear.
  8. Make sure the following is set:
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    Server type Server hostname Port SSL Authentication
    Incoming: POP3 995 SSL/TLS Normal Password
    Outgoing: SMTP 465 SSL/TLS Normal Password

    User Name: Make sure it's set to your Yahoo ID.
    - Your email address without the "" at the end.

  10. Click Done.

For additional information about setting up Yahoo Mail with a POP Mail client, like Mozilla Thunderbird, see our article about troubleshooting POP access.

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