How to configure a Yahoo email account on the Outlook 2016 desktop app

If you're a loyal Yahoo Mail user, you know that Yahoo has already discontinued its email application for Windows 10 and left you only with the web experience. However, if using the web browser is not your style to manage your emails, you can use other solutions like the desktop version of Microsoft Outlook.

Using the Outlook app, you don't only get the most robust inbox with great features to stay productive while managing emails, but it also offers many advantages over the web version of Yahoo. Some of which include a more intuitive interface without annoying ads, rich desktop and Lock screen notifications, Smart Lookup, advanced filters, rules and alerts, and much more.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to configure your Yahoo email account using the desktop version of Outlook 2016 available with Office 365 (opens in new tab), or you can also use these instructions to set up your account on Office 2013.

How to set up a Yahoo Mail account on the Outlook desktop app

If you have installed the desktop version of Outlook 2016 on your device, you can quickly set up and manage your Yahoo email account using the following steps:

  1. Sign in to your Yahoo Mail account using your web browser.
  2. On the top-right, click the menu (gear) button, and select Account Info.

  1. Click on Account Security.
  2. Turn on the Allow apps that use less secure sign in toggle switch.
    • Important: This option is not available if two-step verification is enabled on your account. If this is your case, you'll need to create an app password before continuing with these steps -- You can do this with the steps mentioned below.

  1. Open the Outlook desktop app.
  2. Click on File.
  3. Click on Info.
  4. Click the Add account button.

  1. Select the Manual setup or additional server types option.
  2. Click Next.

  1. Select the POP or IMAP option.
  2. Click Next.

  1. Add your account and Yahoo mail server information:
    • Your Name: First and last name
    • Email Address:
    • Account Type: IMAP
    • Incoming mail server:
    • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):
    • User Name:
    • Password: Yahoo Mail password (or app password)
  2. Click the More settings button.

  1. Open the Outgoing Server tab.
  2. Check the My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication option.

  1. Open the Advanced tab, and use the following settings:
    • Incoming server (IMAP): 993
    • Use the following type of encrypted connection: SSL
    • Outgoing server (SMTP): 465
    • Use the following type of encrypted connection: SSL
  2. Click OK.

  1. Click Next to complete the configuration process, which may take a little while.
  2. Click Close.

  1. Click Finish.

Once you've completed the steps, your account should start syncing with Outlook, and you can now start managing your emails as you would normally do on the web.

If you're having issues trying to set up Outlook with your Yahoo account, make sure to recheck your settings as there is a good chance that you mistyped a setting or missed a step.

Alternatively, if you don't like the Yahoo Mail web experience, and you don't have the desktop version of Outlook, you can use the Mail app for Windows 10 to send and receive Yahoo emails using these instructions.

How to create an app password for Outlook

If you're using Yahoo Mail with two-step verification, your password won't work. Instead, you'll need to create an app password to set up your account on Outlook 2016.

  1. Sign in to your Yahoo Mail account using your web browser.
  2. On the top-right, click the menu (gear) button, and select Account Info.
  3. Click on Account Security.
  4. Click the Generate app password link.

  1. On "App Passwords," use the drop-down menu, and select Outlook Desktop.
  2. Click the Generate button.

  1. Select and copy the the 16-digit password. (If you're typing the password, do not enter the spaces between each group, just type the password as a whole.)

  1. Paste the app password in the Password field on step No. 13 in the instructions mentioned above.

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Mauro Huculak

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

  • Is there any way to do the same with a Hotmail account? I used the Outlook desktop app for ages before I was forced to abandon it after Microsoft stopped supporting Hotmail accounts on it, and I never liked the web experience.
  • Yes, you can add account to Outlook desktop app.
  • I use the default Mail app for Hotmail
  • You don't. You delete that **** and migrate to something else. They have proven time and again they are not to be trusted with your data.
  • It sounds simple in theory but falls over in practice for people like me who have had their Yahoo Mail accounts for a long time (in my case, close to 15 years) and would've signed up to a lot of sites/services with it.
  • Simple in theory and in practice. But your data, your choice 🤷‍♂️
  • Why would anyone still use Yahoo Email after 1bn user accounts were breached, this after 500m accounts were breached previously.
  • This is the 21st century guys.. Anyone on a Y---- account should seriously consider getting a life.
  • Came here to add: Step 1: Delete your yahoo mail account. Step 2: Pour gasoline on each machine you used to access yahoo mail and light. But I was pretty much beaten by everyone else
  • I stopped using the MS Outlook that comes with my O365 subscription when Windows 10 debuted Windows Mail.  That secondary app is analogous to the old Outlook Express, but with the kind of functionality that makes having to grapple with MS Outlook unnecessary.  I adore the way Windows Mail is integrated with the People and Calendar apps.  The only thing missing from Windows Mail is tasks, which is handled by a third-party app I have synchronized with Cortana (e.g., Microsoft To-Do, Wunderlist).  I have my Outlook, Gmail, Aol, and Yahoo e-mail accounts configured via Windows Mail.  Simple, simple, simple.