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How to set up a Yahoo email account in the Mail app on Windows 10

Yahoo has stopped supporting its "Yahoo Mail" app for Windows 10, and this means that if you're still an avid user of Yahoo mail, starting May 22, 2017, you'll no longer be able to check your emails using the app.

While the company has advised users to switch to the web browser experience, you can still use other solutions, such as the Mail app included with Windows 10. This app not only includes support for Yahoo mail but it offers many of the same features, including desktop and Lock screen notifications, dynamic Live Tile updates in the Start menu, and theming with custom color schemes and backgrounds. It also won't bombard you with ads, unlike Yahoo's email website.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the easy steps to set up a Yahoo email account in the built-in Mail app. We tell you steps to fix specific sync issues that may occur after configuring the account, and we also look at the steps to uninstall the no longer supported Yahoo Mail app from your device.

How to add a Yahoo email account to the Mail app

The Windows 10 Mail app makes it super easy to manage emails from many different services, and you can use the following steps to add your Yahoo email account.

  1. Open Mail.
  2. Click the Settings (gear) button located in the bottom-left corner.
  3. Inside the Settings flyout, click on Manage Accounts.

  1. Click on Add account.

  1. Click Yahoo! from the list.

  1. Type your Yahoo email account.
  2. Click Next.

  1. Type your email password.
  2. Click Sign in.

  1. Click Agree to allow the app to access your Yahoo account.

  1. Click Done.

Once you completed the steps, your emails will begin to sync with the app, and you can start managing your account as you would normally do with Yahoo Mail.

How to customize a Yahoo email account settings

Using the default Mail app included with Windows 10, it's also possible to customize a number of options for your Yahoo account.

  1. Open Mail.
  2. Right-click your Yahoo account and click Account settings.

Using the Yahoo account settings, you can change the account name to something more descriptive, which can come in handy when managing multiple accounts.

You can also click Change mailbox sync settings to manage your Yahoo email account sync settings.

In this page, you can change how often Mail should check for new emails, contacts, and calendars, which can help to save data and battery life.

Additionally, there is an option to change the name you use to send your messages, and under "Sync option," you can quickly control whether you want only sync emails, or calendars and contacts as well.

You'll find a number of advanced options, but it's not something regular users need to configure, as the app sets these settings automatically.

How to fix sync problems with a Yahoo email account

In some cases, after configuring an account using the Windows 10 Mail app, you may receive an error trying to sync emails.

You may come across this error as a result of recent Yahoo security changes, but it's something that Microsoft has fixed by implementing OAuth (Open Authorization) security support for Yahoo accounts with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

If you're having this issue, it's probably because your device is not running the latest version of Windows 10. You can use our guide to installing the Creators Update on your computer to resolve this problem.

If after the upgrade you're still unable to sync your emails, you can try the following:

  1. Configure two-step verification on your Yahoo account.
  2. Set up an app password.
  3. On Windows 10, open Mail.
  4. Right-click your Yahoo account and click Account settings.
  5. Type the newly created app password.

After entering the app password, your emails should start syncing with the Mail app again.

How to uninstall the Yahoo Mail app on Windows 10

After May 22nd, the Yahoo Mail will no longer work, which means that it's also a good idea to remove it from your computer.

To uninstall Yahoo Mail from your device, do the following:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps (or click on "System" if you're not running the Creators Update).
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select the Yahoo Mail app and click the Uninstall button.
  5. Click the Uninstall button to confirm.

More Windows 10 resources

For more help articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. 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.

23 Comments
  • Yahoo WHO ? No one is using it. Full of spam
  • I'm still using it as I've had it for so many years and signed up for so many things with it that it's going to be a real PITA to change everything.
  • This. Same situation. I have had my yahoo account since 1998.
  • Do what I did years ago. Set up an Outlook account, then set the Yahoo account to forward all mail to your Outlook account. Far better than setting up Yahoo in Windows Mail directly, because you can then change the email address for each registration in slow time as you use each service. Lesser used services will still get their emails through to you. Eventually, you will dump the old Yahoo address but you can have it hanging around forwarding on for years. Do it now, because when Yahoo closes its services you won't get such a smooth transition.
  • Yeah, that's what I intend on doing, but definitely not to my skynet account, it'll be going to my private e-mail server...
  • I'm still using it since both Flickr and Tumblr needed Yahoo account to sign in.
  • But why?
  • You'll have to ask Yahoo why they're discontinuing support for their Mail app on Windows 10.
  • I meant why use Yahoo anymore due to all the issues they had with security and leaks
  • See my reply to the first comment.
  • I saw. In my opinion, using yahoo for years is no excuse for using such a huge security risk. I get bank statements and a lot of secure stuff on my email.
  • Agreed, if you're doing something that requires security, you should have moved on from Yahoo years ago. That said, I have had it for years and the biggest problem I have isn't for services, which I have no issue transitioning to my outlook address. It's with the people who only know me via yahoo and aren't likely to update their address books. Older folks like aunts, uncles, old business contacts who refuse to use LinkedIn, etc. And to my knowledge, forwarding is only available if you pay for the Yahoo mail service, which if they can't keep my emails secure, how will I ever trust them with my credit card?   BTW, isn't receiving your bank statement via email inherently insecure?
  • Outlook offers an option where you can use pop3 to retrieve your email from yahoo (its free in outloom, not sure if its free though in yahoo). Agree on the bank statements via email. But its not the monthly statements. These are ones once a year as a summary of what account was which the bank insists on sending.
  • To uninstall Yahoo Mail from your device, do the following: 1. Find Yahoo Mail on the app list,
    2. Right click, uninstall.
  • or search box :  type yahoo than  right unnstall
  • What about windows phone?
  • No different. Windows Mail app, or forward to Outlook and dump Yahoo for good. Let's face it, active Yahoo Mail accounts that exist beyond those forwarding to new accounts are one of the few things in the computer world less popular than Windows Phone. Both can only wish they were as popular as Wannacry... :-)
  • yes you can add yahoo mail on windows phone
  • I have to do it with "other account" option everytime as i do not have the yahoo id in yahoo domain. It is in ymail domain which is not supported. souvik_roychowdhury@ymail.com
  • Shipping and bunkering people are still using Yahoo 😤
  • Stupid Mail app is still showing nonsense errors when I try syncing my Yahoo! account through it. Oh well, sticking with the problem free Outlook 2016...
  • Wasn't the Yahoo Mail app just a glorified web wrapper anyway?
  • Hang on a minute! I never know Yahoo had created a Windows 10 app for their Mail client. But then I guess, I'm definitely not aware of that since I've been heavily relying on my Microsoft Mail app without any kinds of problems or issues... at all.