How to Set Up POP3 for Yahoo Mail

Setting up POP3 on your Yahoo! Mail account allows you to send and receive e-mail from your Yahoo! Mail account through mail client software such as Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express or Thunderbird. Using a mail client helps to keep e-mail more organised and eliminates the need to log into the Yahoo! website every time you want to check your e-mail. You will need to check your POP settings on your Yahoo! Mail account to make sure they are enabled. Then you will need to configure a mail client to send and receive Yahoo! e-mail.

Log into your account at the Yahoo! Mail website.

Click the “Options” link in the top-right corner and choose “Mail Options” from the menu.

Click “POP & Forwarding” from the menu on the left side of the screen. This will bring you to the POP configuration screen.

Make sure that “Allow your Yahoo! Mail to be POPed” is selected.

Choose an option from the “When POPing my messages” drop-down menu to complete the POP set-up on the Yahoo! Mail website.

Obtain e-mail client software such as Outlook, Outlook Express or Thunderbird if you don't already have one. Outlook comes with a Microsoft Office installation. Outlook Express and Thunderbird are free to download (see Resources).

Launch the mail client and choose to set up a new POP3 account.

Type your name and your Yahoo! e-mail address in the proper text boxes.

Enter “” for the Incoming Mail Server setting and “” for the Outgoing Mail Server setting.

Type your Yahoo! login name, which is your e-mail account without “,” in the Account text box and your Yahoo! account password in the Password text box.

Save your settings on your mail client to complete your Yahoo! Mail POP3 set-up.


Mail sent to your client will be deleted from the Yahoo! Mail website. So once you have received it in the client, you will not be able to go and read it on the website.

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