The free Yahoo Mail service is not offering Pop3 access to your mails [Update: the most recent update introduced Pop3 and IMAP for all users of the service. Check the article to find out how you can configure that directly to make use of it].
Pop3 access means that you can use a desktop email client like Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird to access your Yahoo Mail account instead of having to use the Yahoo website. Only Yahoo Mail Plus, which costs $19.99 a year is offering Pop3 access. There are however other ways and I'm going to show you how you can access your Yahoo Mail account with desktop email clients like Outlook and Thunderbird without having to upgrade or pay for a software.
We are going to use a software called YPOPs! - POP3/SMTP Access to Yahoo which acts as a proxy on your system. It basically works like this. You setup the Yahoo account in your mail client like you would normally do. The only difference is that you do not add Yahoo Mail Pop3 and SMTP servers but a link to localhost instead.
YPOPS! listens there and acts as a proxy to retrieve and send mail using an email client and Yahoo Mail. In Thunderbird you use the following information after installing YPOPS!:
Your Name: Obvious, ain't it?
Email Address: Your Yahoo Email address
Type of Incoming Server: Pop
Incoming Server: 127.0.0.1
Incoming User Name: Your Yahoo Email address
Settings for outgoing mail (SMTP) are almost the same:
That's it. Settings in Outlook and other mail clients are virtually the same.
Update: The program has not been updated in the last two years, which may be an indication that the program is not actively developed anymore. It may even be that the program itself has stopped working or will stop working at one point in time, most likely when Yahoo will make changes to Yahoo Mail.
Note that you do not need to use the application anymore to access your Yahoo Mail account via Pop3 or IMAP, as Yahoo is offering that functionality natively now for all users of its service.
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