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Yahoo Mail To Thunderbird Set up-3 Easy methods

Yahoo mail to Thunderbird Set up
Written by Vaibhav Pal

This article teaches you easy ways for Yahoo Mail to Thunderbird Set up in 3 available methods.
Thunderbird is an open-source Email client application with a customizable interface that allows us to keep up with our Emails, upcoming meetings, tasks, and more.
I’ve discussed how to set up Thunderbird for Yahoo Mail using the inhouse IMAP(saves Email in server folders and shows a virtual copy) or POP(keeping Emails on your local machine) settings.

How to sync Yahoo Emails to Thunderbird using IMAP

  1. Open the Thunderbird application and click on your Email.
  2. Then go to Create a new account section and select Email.
  3. After this check, the “skip this and use my existing Email option” checkbox.
  4. Now Enter your Name, Username, and password of Yahoo account and click on the continue button.
  5. Next, select the IMAP option.
  6. If you wish to configure it manually, click on the ‘Manual Config‘ option and set the following parameters:
    Incoming Mail (SMTP) Server – imap.mail.yahoo.com
    Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server – smtp.mail.yahoo.com
    Incoming Port – 993 with SSL
    Outgoing Port – 465 with SSL or port 587 either with SSL or TLS
  7. After being done, click on the Re-test option, which checks the entered settings.
  8. Click on the Done option to save the settings. Which finishes the process.

How to sync Yahoo Emails to Thunderbird using POP3

  1. Log-in into your Yahoo account select the Gear ->Settings.
  2. Click on the Edit button, which is next to the Yahoo account settings.
  3. Check if the POP option is enabled.
  4. Now click on the save button and exit.
  5. Open the Thunderbird application and click on your Email.
  6. Then go to Create a new account section and select Email.
  7. After this check, the “skip this and use my existing Email option” checkbox.
  8. Now Enter your Name, Username, and password of Yahoo account and click on the continue button.
  9. Next, select the POP3 option.
  10. Click on the Done button to finish.

Limitation of using manual methods

  • Time-consuming and requires some technical knowledge.
  • You can’t download complete folders: Sent mails, Drafts, Important Mails, or any mailbox by the user.
  • Can be a hassle for multiple accounts having years worth of Email.

To overcome such issues, we use a third party Yahoo Backup Tool.

Yahoo Mail to Thunderbird Set up using the Backup Tool

    1. Start the Yahoo backup tool and log-in with your Yahoo credentials.Yahoo Backup Tool
    2. From the “Select Email Format” dropdown, choose Thunderbird as the Output format and click on the Next button. Note: Make sure Thunderbird is present on your system, and you’ve logged in with your Yahoo id.Yahoo to Thunderbird
    3. Now choose the Folders you wish to export and also provide the date range(if needed).Selecting Date Range
    4. Choose the prefered naming convention from Subject, Date + Subject, From + Subject, or Autoincrement.Selecting format
    5. The downloading process starts.
    6. The process finishes hit the ok button to exit.Yahoo to Thunderbird Set up process finish

Advantages of using a Yahoo Backup tool

      1. Conversion of Yahoo Mail to PST, PDF, EML, EMLX, MBOX, MSG, HTML, MHT, TXT file formats.
      2. Migrate all the emails, with attachments and all the other mailbox data items like Inbox, calendars, tasks.
      3. Transfer Mails between yahoo to yahoo accounts.
      4. Sort Emails according to date with the date range filter to save space and time.
      5. It has compatibility with Windows and Mac operating systems.
      6. Eay to use GUI.

Summing Up

Many times we come across a need to connect our Email account with a desktop Email Client. We’ve discussed how to set up Thunderbird for Yahoo Mail using the manual IMAP and POP settings as well as using a third party Yahoo Backup Tool. The automated method is the hassle-free way to migrate Emails swiftly.

About the author

Vaibhav Pal

Vaibhav Pal is an Email Platform Expert and is associated with Let To Learn from the last 17 Year. He is very interested & excited to know about the latest technology tips and tricks. He provides a practical solution related to MS Outlook, Data Recovery, Email Management, and more.

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