POP access instructions for Yahoo Mail

POP (Post Office Protocol) connects your Yahoo Mail account to a desktop mail client or mobile app. It downloads copies of your email letting you move and delete them in the app without affecting the original emails. Here are the settings you'll need and steps to set it up.

Step 1: Enable Yahoo Mail for POP access

  1. In Yahoo Mail, mouse over the Settings icon | Click Settings.
  2. Click Accounts.
  3. Under Email addresses, click on your Yahoo account name.
  4. Go to the bottom of the page under “Access your Yahoo Mail elsewhere” | Select POP.
  5. Click Save.

Step 2: Set up Yahoo Mail in your POP client

Incoming Mail (POP) Server

  • Server - pop.mail.yahoo.com
  • Port - 995
  • Requires SSL - Yes

Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server

  • Server - smtp.mail.yahoo.com
  • Port - 465 or 587
  • Requires SSL - Yes
  • Requires TLS - Yes (if available)
  • Requires authentication - Yes

Your login info

  • Email address - Your full email address (name@domain.com.)
  • Password - Your account's password.
  • Requires authentication - Yes

POP clients

Use the Yahoo Mail POP server settings and these app-specific instructions to complete the process. These links are provided as a courtesy. If the product owner moves or deletes the help page you may not get the necessary instructions. You can try finding instructions with an internet search for the mail client or app name + "POP settings."

More info

How POP and IMAP differ


IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) is a newer protocol that keeps your emails on the email server, allowing you to remotely access and manage your email. What you do in the app affects email on the email server.

  • 2-way sync - Emails stay on the server and are accessed remotely.
  • Full access - Access every email from every folder using the app.
  • Record of sent email - Email you send using the app is saved on the server.
  • Manage mailbox once - Emails you delete or move in the app are also moved or deleted on the server.

Get IMAP server settings.


POP (Post Office Protocol) is an older protocol that copies emails from the email server to the app. Actions performed in the app don't affect email on the email server.

  • 1-way sync - Only downloads email from the server.
  • Limited access - Only download emails from the Inbox and Spam folders.
  • No record of sent email - Emails sent from the app are not saved on the server.
  • Keep email on server options - Different settings allow you to leave a copy of your email on the server, or delete it when it's downloaded.
  • Manage Inboxes independently - Deleting or moving email in the app isn't reflected on the server.

Discontinue POP access

To discontinue POP access, remove your Yahoo Mail account's POP settings from the email client or app you're using. You don't need to make any changes in your Yahoo Mail account.


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