Correctly Setting Up Yahoo Mail on IMAP, POP3, and STMP Servers

April 4, 2016

Yahoo Mail is in the top five most widely used email options available. Some of Yahoo’s biggest competitors are Gmail, AOL, and Hotmail. If you have Yahoo, you will not want to go through the hassle of switching to a new email account when you begin using new software. Like most people, it is important to be able to receive and send emails from your desktop or your cell phone. This is where the Yahoo Mail Server settings come into play.

There are three servers that are utilized for sending and receiving emails to your Yahoo account. They are IMAP, POP3, or STMP. IMAP and POP3 are used for receiving mail while SMTP is used for sending mail. IMAP is always recommended because it is more dependable and secure. It is also a good option because it always leaves a copy of the emails going through your Yahoo Mail account.

Below you will find the details you need to set up these 3 servers correctly. Though setup may seem daunting, it is not very complicated and there are plenty of people online who can assist you if you run into difficulty during setup. However, If you make sure that all of this information is inputted correctly, your setup should run smoothly.

Yahoo Mail Server Settings for IMAP

POP and IMAP setting Yahoo Mail

POP and IMAP setting Yahoo Mail

The first step is to find and click the button that says “Add Account”, it should be somewhere in plain sight. Usually this option is found below the spot to input your login information. Since you have not yet setup your account, it will not recognize your information until you have completed the setup process and verified all of your information.

  1. Your account type should say IMAP.

  2. Your Incoming Mail Server should say

  3. Your Port Number should say 993.

  4. Your connection type should say SSL.

Yahoo Mail Server Settings for POP3

If you do chose to use POP3, the settings will be located in the same place as the IMAP and SMTP, under “Add Account”. The only difference is that in the spot that says “Account Type”, you will want to change it to POP3. This should be right below the place where you would enter your name and email address.

  1. Your account type should say POP.

  2. Your Incoming Mail Server should say

  3. Your Port Number should say 995.

  4. Your connection type should say SSL.

Yahoo Mail Server Settings for SMTP

Advance Settings

Advance Settings

The settings for SMTP should be on the same pop-up when you click the “Add Account” button. Make sure all of your information here is correct to ensure that your emails send successfully.

  1. Your account type should say SMTP.

  2. Your Outgoing Mail Server should say

  3. Your Port Number should say 587 or 465.

  4. Your connection type should say TLS.

  5. There should be an option asking if you require authentication and it should be marked “Yes”.


These are the basic settings needed to set up Yahoo mail to any software and you should have no trouble getting it up and running correctly. If you do find that you are having trouble setting up your Yahoo Mail account, you should first check that all the information was entered correctly; this includes your email address and password.

Also, it is important to make sure you check the box that says, “Require logon using Secure Password Authentication (SPA)”. Email address hackers have all kinds of ways to break into your account; you will want to secure it as much possible. If your email address is hacked, you are running the risk of allowing someone to obtain any personal information listed in emails you have sent or received. This could mean your social security number, bank account information, credit card information, or even your address and phone number. The more secure your information is, the better off you will be.

As stated above, when faced with the choice between IMAP and POP3, consider IMAP because it is more secure. Remember that not only do your emails contain your messages, but they also contain information about you, your computer, and your location. Keep you information secure with IMAP.

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  • Reply julie ranawat May 2, 2016 at 3:41 am

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