Yahoo! Mail Plus turns into Yahoo! Ad Free Mail: all relevant changes explained

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 8, 2013
Updated • Dec 19, 2013

If you have followed the news today or opened your Yahoo! email inbox on your computer or in a mobile application, you may have noticed that things have changed quite a bit, and mostly for the better.

Yahoo! Mail turned 16 years today and as part of that, new features were launched on the site that mostly benefit free mail users of the service.

Among the new features that free Yahoo! Mail users can enjoy now, are access to features that were previously only available to Mail Plus users. This includes the use of disposable email addresses, enhanced mail filters, and automatic message forwarding.

That's however no the only change announced today. All Yahoo! Mail users get 1 Terabyte of free storage (1000 Gigabyte) which should last for a very long time even when email is heavily used by a user. It is interesting to note though that storage space has been unlimited previously on Yahoo!, at least in some countries, which technically makes this a limitation.

If you have the feeling that the 1 Terabyte storage figure seems familiar you are right. Yahoo! not long ago raised the storage limit on Flickr to 1 Terabyte as well and introduced other changes to  the photo hosting community service as well.

Yahoo Mail New features:

Note: Yahoo! is rolling out the feature in steps. Currently, only English (interface) users from the US, Canada, UK, Philippines, Malaysia, India, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa get the new desktop experience, with other countries and languages promised to follow soon. And even if your system is set to the interface language, you may not have access to all features yet.

If you are a free Yahoo! Mail user, you can access the new features that are now available to you in the following way:

  • Open Yahoo! Mail on your computer in your web browser of choice.
  • Click on the settings icon next to your username in the top right corner of the screen, and select Mail Options from the context menu.
  • A new on screen menu opens up. Select Security to access disposable addresses options and filters for the filtering options.
yahoo mail disposable address
old Yahoo Mail options
new yahoo mail
new Yahoo mail options

You can create temporary email addresses that automatically forward messages to your account. You need to create a base name first, and once that is out of the way, use any email address in the form [email protected].

In the example on the screenshot above, the basename has been set to ghackstest. I can now use email addresses such as [email protected] or [email protected].

If you do not need the disposable email address anymore, delete it to stop receiving emails to it.

The other improved or new features are listed here as well, so that you can access them. I cannot really say what changed in regards to the filtering options. I do know that Mail Plus users had a higher filter limit, 200, while free users were limited to 100 filters. While I cannot verify if that changed or not, it looks like the only change here.

The only other explanation that I have for this is that my filtering options have not been updated yet to reflect the new changes.

What Yahoo does not mention is that Pop3 access is now available as well. While I cannot say if it was enabled previously for free users, I know for a fact that it was limited in the past to paying Yahoo Mail users.

The last change introduces rich themes taken from Flickr on Yahoo Mail. I was not able to test that feature at the time of writing, because it has not been enabled yet for my Yahoo Mail account.

yahoo mail rich themes

Themes previously changed the header on the Yahoo Mail website. The new rich themes modify the whole look and feel of the website instead.

What about Yahoo! Mail Plus?

Yahoo Mail Plus has been renamed to Ad Free Mail today. With several premium features now available to free users, what do Mail Plus users get that justifies paying for the service?

The only two benefits that Yahoo Ad Free Mail users get are that their account won't expire as long as they are subscribers, and that they won't be exposed to graphical ads in the Yahoo Mail account.

All previous features, disposable email addresses, filters and Pop&Forwarding, are now also available to free Yahoo Mail users.

The price for a Ad Free Mail subscription remains at $19.99 per year for existing users. Yahoo! has increased the price for new subscribers to $49.99 per year though.

Yahoo Mail Plus users can cancel their accounts at any time here.

Additional information about the changes, including information about mobile client changes, are available on the official Yahoo blog.

Update: Yahoo just announced that it will introduce tabs again on Yahoo Mail.

Now Read: How to turn back most of the new features on Yahoo! Mail.


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  1. JMGG said on January 19, 2012 at 8:25 am

    You said that Outlook isn’t your main email client, so which is your main one?

    1. BalaC said on January 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

      I think its thunderbird

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on January 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

      It is Mozilla Thunderbird.

  2. Salaam said on September 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Awesome! This actually solved my problem… what a stupid bug.

  3. Claud said on December 19, 2012 at 2:08 am

    If this is the same bug that I’ve encountered, there may be another fix: (1) hover over open Outlook item in Taskbar, cursor up to hover over Outlook window item, and right-click; (2) this should give you Restore / Move / Size / Minimize / Maximize — choose Move or Size; (3) use your cursor keys, going arbitrarily N/S/E/W, to try to move or size the Outlook window back into view. Basically, the app behaves as though it were open in a 0x0 window, or at a location that’s offscreen, and this will frequently work to resize and/or move the window. Don’t forget to close while resized/moved, so that Outlook remembers the size/position for next time.

    1. Lynda said on February 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      THANK YOU Claude!!! I could get the main window to launch but could not get any other message window to show on the desktop. You are my hero!!!!

    2. Chad said on November 20, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      Solved my issue! 6 years later and this is still problem…

    3. Ivan X said on January 21, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      Fantastic. Thank you. Size did the trick.

  4. Andrew said on October 26, 2013 at 7:06 am

    This solved my Outlook problem, too. Thank you. :)

  5. Charles said on December 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Thank you so much, this started happening to me today and was causing big problems. You are a life saver, I hope I can help you in some way some day.

  6. garth said on November 7, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    You are a god – thank you!

  7. Faisal said on February 9, 2015 at 10:09 am

    thanks a lot…. work like charm.. :-)

  8. Simon said on March 24, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Yah…thanks Claude. I’ve been having the same problem and tried all the suggestions…your solution was the answer. It had resized itself to a 0/0 box. Cheers

  9. Olu said on April 14, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Excellent post. This had me baffled even trying to accurately describe the problem. This fixed it for me.
    Thank you

  10. Coenig said on July 23, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Thanks a lot for the article. Don’t know why it happenend, don’t know how it got fixed, but it was really annoying and now it works :-)

  11. Fali said on January 20, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks a lot. I was facing this issue from past 3 week. I tried everything but no resolution. The issue was happening intermittently and mainly when I was changing the display of screen ( as i use 2 monitors). The only option i had was to do system restore. But thanks to you.

    1. MIki said on January 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

      I’ve been tried to sole this problem for 12hours. Your comment about changing the display of screen helped me a lot!! Thanks!!

  12. Christina said on January 20, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Thank you…don’t know why this happened but your instructions helped me fix it. Running Windows 10 and office pro 2007

  13. Oz said on July 22, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Great tip! Thanks!

  14. Tracy said on September 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Worked for me, too – thank you!!!

  15. shawn said on September 9, 2016 at 10:25 am

    It’s Worked for me, too
    thank you very much!

  16. Jari said on October 31, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I had a similar issue with Outlook 2013 on Windows 10 and this helped me to fix it. Thank you very much!

  17. Michel H said on November 30, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you so much. Solved!
    Considering you published this in 2012, incredible not been debugged by Microsoft.
    Thank you again. M

  18. Ziad Bitar said on January 9, 2017 at 2:00 am

    This problem was faced by only one user logging to TS 2008 r2 using outlook 2010.The issue was resolved.


  19. Anonymous said on February 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Great tip. Thank you!!!! If it helps, I had to use the Control Key and the arrow keys at the same time to bring my window back into view. Worked like a charm.

  20. Rochelle said on March 6, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Thank you, this worked !!!!

  21. anom1234 said on May 20, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Man, you are a fucking god. Thanks a lot, what an annoying bug!!

  22. JC said on October 12, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Awesome, this post solved the issue. Many thanks!

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