How to access yahoo mail IMAP and SMTP server settings?

Those who do not understand the concept behind mail server settings should continue to read this write-up to know more about the same. The mail server settings of any email client allow you to hook it up to other email clients so that you can receive as well as send emails from a single platform. For example, when you know the incoming and outgoing mail server settings of Yahoo, you will be able to receive and send an email of your Yahoo account on Gmail, Outlook, Thunderbird, and so on.

Here, we shall teach you how to access these settings and ultimately use them.

What are IMAP, SMTP, and POP?

IMAP- it is included in the incoming mail server setting and is known as Internet Mail Access Protocol. This simply helps in receiving and viewing messages.

SMTP- also known as Simple Mail Transport Protocol decides which messages are meant to be sent and a part of the Outgoing mail server setting. Both settings need to be configured together for sending and receiving emails.

POP- while POP, also known as Post Office Protocol, is a place where your messages are kept when they are in the transition period.

Here is the list of Yahoo mail server settings

Yahoo Mail IMAP settings

  • IMAP server:
  • Port: 993
  • TLS/SSL: yes
  • Username: your complete Yahoo mail address
  • Password: the password of the same Yahoo account

Yahoo mail SMTP settings

  • SMTP server:
  • Port: 465
  • TLS/SSL: yes
  • Username: your complete Yahoo mail address
  • Password: the password of the same Yahoo account

Yahoo mail pop settings

  • POP3 server:
  • Port: 995
  • TLS/SSL: yes
  • Username: your complete Yahoo mail address
  • Password: the password of the same Yahoo account

How to sync Yahoo mail with other email clients?

Before you can begin, you need to enable POP and IMAP on Yahoo and the rest of the steps may vary for different clients:

To enable POP and IMAP on Yahoo:

  1. Go to
  2. Login to your account
  3. Go to the ‘Account’ icon
  4. And, select ‘Account Info’
  5. Then, go to the ‘Account Security’ tab
  6. Tick the box next to ‘Allow apps that use lesser secure sign-in’
  7. You can also generate app passwords for Yahoo if you want to
  8. Users can configure yahoo mail spam settings from the same page as well

Now, that you have enabled the IMAP and POP settings on Yahoo, you can skip to the relevant section and set up Yahoo as suitable.

Yahoo mail settings for Outlook

  1. Open Outlook and tap on the ‘File’ option in the toolbar
  2. Navigate to the ‘Info’ page and select ‘Add Account’
  3. Now, provide your Yahoo login details and tap ‘Connect’
  4. Else, choose ‘Let me set up my account manually’
  5. Tap on the ‘Connect’ option to proceed
  6. Select ‘IMAP’ and provide your Yahoo account password
  7. Then, select ‘Change account settings’
  8. Enter the following details on the IMAP account settings page:
  • Incoming mail:
  • Port number: 993
  • Encryption method: SSL/TLS
  • Outgoing mail:
  • Port number as 465
  • Encryption method: SSL/TLS
  1. Click ‘Next’, follow some prompts, and click ‘Done’

Yahoo mail settings for Android

  1. On the home screen of your Android, tap on the ‘Mail’ icon
  2. Now, enter your email address and password
  3. Click on the ‘Manual setup’ option
  4. Then, select ‘IMAP account’
  5. On the resulting screen, enter the required information
  6. For IMAP and SMTP settings, refer to the ‘Yahoo mail server settings’ section on this page
  7. Tap ‘Next’, select the email frequency, and tap ‘Next’ again
  8. Finally, click ‘Done’ after naming your account

Yahoo mail settings for iPad or iPhone

  1. Go to the ‘Settings’ of your iPhone
  2. Tap on the ‘Mail, Contacts, Calendars’ option
  3. When you see the ‘Add Account’ option, click on it
  4. From the given mail providers, select ‘Yahoo’
  5. On the account setup page, input your name and other details
  6. Tap on the ‘Next’ and ‘Save’ button to move ahead

This is all you need to do to set up your Yahoo account on iPhone or iPad.

Yahoo mail Thunderbird settings

  1. Go to the Thunderbird page on your desktop
  2. On the page, enter your Yahoo ID and password
  3. Click ‘Continue’ to proceed
  4. Go to the Account setup page
  5. Choose ‘IMAP or POP3’ in the incoming mail server settings
  6. Now, enter the yahoo mail server settings referring to the above section
  7. Hit the ‘Create Account’ option, at the end


After getting complete details about the yahoo mail settings for different email providers, you will be able to hook up, link, sync, or merge two accounts together. In case of any difficulty, you may try repeating the steps.

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