When are the Trash and Spam folders emptied?

Yahoo Mail regularly deletes the contents of the Trash folder. This is not a setting you can change. The Spam folder, however, empties at a frequency you set. Here's how.


  1. Sign in to Yahoo Mail.
  2. Mouse over the Settings menu icon  Gear Icon | select Settings.
  3. Click Security on the left.
  4. For "Empty Spam folder," select:
    • Once a week
    • Every two weeks
    • Once a month (default)
  5. Click Save.

  Manually empty the Spam or Trash folders - It's easy to empty the Spam or Trash folder. Learn how to empty your Trash. Learn how to empty the Spam folder.

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