Configure Windows Mail to connect to Yahoo Mail Plus

We have received a lot of e-mails from people asking how to configure Windows Mail to connect to their e-mail accounts from Yahoo Mail. In this tutorial we will guide you step-by-step on how to connect to the popular Yahoo Mail Plus service. Before we continue, please note that the free Yahoo Mail service does not support POP3, and you will have to subscribe to a Yahoo Mail Plus account in order to use this feature.

Start Windows Mail and then go to Tools -> Accounts.

Windows Mail

Click on Add to add the e-mail account.

Windows Mail

Select E-mail Account and press on Next.

Windows Mail

Type your name and click on Next.

Windows Mail

Type your e-mail address and click on Next.

Windows Mail

Choose POP3 in the incoming e-mail server drop-down list. Type „pop.mail.yahoo.com” in the incoming mail field and then „smtp.mail.yahoo.com” in the outgoing mail field. Also, don’t forget to check the „Outgoing server requires authentication” option. Then click on Next.

Windows Mail

Type your username without „@yahoo.com” and your password. Check the „Remember password” option and click on Next.

Windows Mail

Check the „Do not download my e-mail” option and click on Finish.

Windows Mail

Now, select your e-mail account again and click on Properties.

Windows Mail

Go to the „General” tab and type „Yahoo Mail Plus” in your account name field.

Windows Mail

Go to the „Advanced” tab and check the „SSL” options for SMTP and POP3. Also type the ports 465 and 995.

Another recommended setting would be to check the „Leave a copy of messages on server” and the „Remove from server when deleted from Deleted Items”. Then click on OK.

Windows Mail

Now it should work. Press on the Send/Receive button and you should start receiving your e-mail messages.

Windows Mail

This completes our Configure Windows Mail to connect to Yahoo Mail Plus! tutorial. Stay tuned as we will work on more of them with different mail providers such as Hotmail or Gmail.

NOTE: this guide works ONLY for Yahoo Mail Plus clients. The free service of Yahoo Mail does not offer POP3 access, therefore you will always receive error messages when you will try to connect via Windows Mail or any other e-mail client. If you are a Yahoo Mail Plus client and you still have problems connecting, than please use the Yahoo Help page. Unfortunately we cannot offer any technical support for Yahoo accounts.

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35 Replies to “Configure Windows Mail to connect to Yahoo Mail Plus

  1. connecting to Windows mail
    I have followed the instructions for adding my e-mail to windows mail and i am unable to connect this account, my account is yahoo.co.uk does this make a difference. I think it is trying to connect as i get a windows verification box which when i enter the information pops up again. help please!!

  2. Connecting Windows mail (Vista) to Yahoo mail
    Have followed the instructions which work until the Send/Receive demands entry of user name and password repeatedly (the windows verification box). I do not believe that I am a Yahoo Mail Plus client. Do I have to be?

    1. re:Connecting Windows mail (Vista) to Yahoo mail
      no matter how many times you try this it won’t work. windows mail still has too many glitches. So, i guess it’s to bad for all of us yahoo users.

    2. configure yahoo small business mail to windows mail
      how do I tell if I have mail plus or small business mail with yahoo? I pay 19.99 per year for the mail type I have with yahoo. I have followed instructions for windows vista mail but repeatedly get the i.d. verification box pop up.

    3. connecting windows mail to mail server
      Hi,
      I was connecting windows mail to mail server by following your instructions but at the end when I click on “send and receive ” link then windows asking my username and password repeatedly,so please tell me what should I do,how should I connect it,is this asking for my windows user name and password or my yahoo email’s user name password.thanks

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      I need you to show me step by step on How to get my e-mail started,& connecting to another account in yahoo mail.

  3. configuring windows mail for yahoo
    Have followed the instructions which work until the Send/Receive demands entry of user name and password repeatedly (the windows verification box).

  4. yahoo mail settings did not work for windows mail
    Followed your instructions to the letter yet got the error message you see below, after hitting the send/receive botton.

    The host ‘pop.mail.yahoo.com’ could not be found. Please verify that you have entered the server name correctly.
    Account: ‘Yahoo mail Plus’, Server: ‘pop.mail.yahoo.com’, Protocol: POP3, Port: 995, Secure(SSL): Yes, Socket Error: 11001, Error Number: 0x800CCC0D

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      The host ‘pop.mail.yahoo.com’ could not be found. Please verify that you have entered the server name correctly.
      Account: ‘Yahoo mail Plus’, Server: ‘pop.mail.yahoo.com’, Protocol: POP3, Port: 995, Secure(SSL): Yes, Socket Error: 11001, Error Number: 0x800CCC0D

      please help me to solve this problem

      thank you

  5. Connection problems
    If you are getting the ‘connection to server has failed’ error message try using a different port : accounts>properties>advanced – I found 587 for out going mail and 110 for incoming mail worked best, but in some locations have to change outgoing port to 25 (no idea why this should change from location to location).

    This has worked for me with a yahoo mail plus account for the last 6 months. I have suddenly developed another problem that other users on here are having and that is a windows security box popping up and continually asking for my password.

    Anyone solved this yet? It’s really bugging me!

    Thanks, Phil
    http://www.hikepyrenees.co.uk

  6. Unable to send mail lately
    Hi everyone
    I am getting the same problem as Phil above that has suddenly develoed. Although I can receive e-mails, everything in my outbox can not be sent and I keep getting this windows security box popping up asking for my username and password. I type it correctly but still it pops up again. Anyone know what’s going on?
    Thanks
    John

  7. unable to access yahoo mails
    getting the below error when i configuring yahoo email in windows mail

    Account: ‘pop.mail.yahoo.com’, Server: ‘pop.mail.yahoo.com’, Protocol: POP3, Server Response: ‘-ERR popgate unknown command’, Port: 995, Secure(SSL): Yes, Server Error: 0x800CCC90, Error Number: 0x800CCC18

  8. windows mail
    i was able to follow all of your instructions and still i am getting an error message. windows mail dialog box asking me to log in to yahoo mail plus keeps on popping up. If i clicked on cancel then i would be able to view the error message.
    ” Account: ‘Yahoo Mail Plus’, Server: ‘pop.mail.yahoo.com’, Protocol: POP3, Server Response: ‘-ERR [AUTH] invalid user/password’, Port: 995, Secure(SSL): Yes, Server Error: 0x800CCC90, Error Number: 0x800CCC92″
    I know i am typing in the correct username and password, because i was able to log in to my yahoo webmail account.
    Please help.
    Thanks is advance..

  9. ERROR CONFIGURING WIN MAIL
    it keeps requesting for a user name and password after configuring and it never authenticates the username.
    View the error:
    Account: ‘Yahoo Mail Plus’, Server: ‘pop.mail.yahoo.com’, Protocol: POP3, Server Response: ‘-ERR [AUTH] invalid user/password’, Port: 995, Secure(SSL): Yes, Server Error: 0x800CCC90, Error Number: 0x800CCC92

    Pls Help

  10. Windows mail and Yahoo
    I am able to successfully send and receive e-mails on windows mail. Thanks! But I can not open any address eswithin the e-mails that I receive. Can you help with this?

  11. Error
    I am having the same problem as everyone else as far as going by your instructions exactly and the error message popping up about Account: ‘Yahoo Mail Plus’, Server: ‘pop.mail.yahoo.com’, Protocol: POP3, Server Response: ‘-ERR [AUTH] invalid user/password’, Port: 995, Secure(SSL): Yes, Server Error: 0x800CCC90, Error Number: 0x800CCC92

    Any suggestions?

  12. configuring yahoo mail
    I configured yahoo mail to windows mail in may this year. I went to retrieve an e mail on Wednesday 30 July 2008 and found I could no longer receive mail in windows mail from this account. I followed the advice of the on line assistance and purchased yahoo plus.I followed the tutorial in vista for beginners but still I cannot receive from this account.I have now created a forwarding address for all the mail that is received at the yahoo account windows mail that I know can be received by windows mail.Is yahoo plus a recent option from yahoo ?

  13. Help
    I keep getting these errors after I push “send/receive” I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong… I have removed and tried again with same results.

    Account: ‘Yahoo Mail Plus’, Server: ‘pop.mail.yahoo.com’, Protocol: POP3, Server Response: ‘-ERR [AUTH] invalid user/password’, Port: 995, Secure(SSL): Yes, Server Error: 0x800CCC90, Error Number: 0x800CCC92

    Account: ‘Yahoo Mail Plus’, Server: ‘pop.mail.yahoo.com’, Protocol: POP3, Server Response: ‘-ERR [AUTH] invalid user/password’, Port: 995, Secure(SSL): Yes, Server Error: 0x800CCC90, Error Number: 0x800CCC92

    Account: ‘Yahoo Mail Plus’, Server: ‘pop.mail.yahoo.com’, Protocol: POP3, Server Response: ‘-ERR [AUTH] invalid user/password’, Port: 995, Secure(SSL): Yes, Server Error: 0x800CCC90, Error Number: 0x800CCC92

  14. Vista and e-mail attachments
    Although we had no problem setting up the computer to recognize our e-mail account, we cannot open attachments in Word, Excel or PDF. Pictures come across just fine. We can use Microsoft Office to produce and send attachments; they just won’t open on our computer with Vista. The error message is “Webpage cannot be displayed.” It thinks that every Word, Excel, and PDF document is a webpage if attached to e-mail. Any thoughts? After 5 hours on the phone with our internet service and HP, we seem to be running in circles.

  15. Helpful Info
    I found your information to be very thorough and helpful. Thank you for taking the time to help us ‘common users’ utilize a great Microsoft product.

    PTE

  16. 1. You’re wrong about free. 2. You missed an important step!!!
    Okay, I came here hoping to get help with a recalcitrant account but it looks like I’ll have to give it instead.

    Your tutorial is good except for two points:

    Firstly, it perpetuates the myth that NO free Yahoo accounts can use POP unless they upgrade to MailPlus – I have two free accounts set up on three different computers – XP Pro, 2000 Pro and Win 98SE and yes, we are in 2008 and Yahoo *will* work with 98SE still – what matters is that Outlook Express 6 is supported, not what my version of Windows is. I also have another account that is free and isn’t eligible for POP access. I do not have MailPlus with any of them – they are totally, 100% free accounts. Some free accounts can use POP (meaning Outlook Express, etc.) and it’s very easy to work out if yours can. (Admittedly, there is someone on Yahoo Answers who always tells people to upgrade to MailPlus and not much information about it on Yahoo so I understand you would think free accounts are never eligible.)

    Secondly, POP access MUST be enabled in your online mail options before you can get your emails. Lots of people here are getting a password error and that is likely the reason for most, if not all of the password errors mentioned here.

    Your screenshots doubtlessly make this an easier tutorial to follow for many people than Yahoo’s own. Nice work.

  17. sent mail and contacts
    I configured my yahoo mail to my MS Outlook email client, but my contacts and sent mail contents did not move over with my the contents of my inbox.

  18. Help on setup for Window Mail for Yahoo.com account
    I’m new to Windows Vista, I can’t get the mail going and been to different support group and website and followed all the intent solution but with no avail on my mail problem. Do I need to purchase a third party software to get Windows Mail working?

    Thanks
    Sal

  19. help on windows vista mail
    I have done the procedure you adviced in the site but the error message below is shown.. what should i do?

    Account: ‘pop.mail.yahoo.com’, Server: ‘pop.mail.yahoo.com’, Protocol: POP3, Server Response: ‘-ERR popgate unknown command’, Port: 995, Secure(SSL): Yes, Server Error: 0x800CCC90, Error Number: 0x800CCC18

  20. Success in loading Windows mail
    I am so thankful to the website owner and the person who has mentioned the steps to configure Windows Mail in Vista, its self explanatory and very well executed.

    I was able to setup my yahoo account with in 5 minutes.

    Thanks again !!!

    Regards,
    Mohammed Ilyas Pasha

  21. How can I restore my mail to the yahoo server
    In the process of setting up my windows mail account, I did not check the “leave copy of mail on the server” box. As a result, half of my mail has been deleted from the yahoo server. I there any way I can restore my deleted mail on the yahoo server because I need to access it from several locations

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