Mail – Yahoo Mail
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With its one billion active users a month, clutter-free design, and range of additional services, Yahoo Mail –one of the oldest web-based email services around– continues to rank among the most popular options for today’s users. The platform was a pioneer in receiving, sending and filtering emails and has evolved over the years to offer a full suite of enhanced features that includes everything from Yahoo-owned web-based services like Flickr and Messenger to upgraded premium versions.

Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Yahoo Mail.

History of Yahoo Mail

Yahoo! Mail, one of the world’s leading web-based email services, was launched in 1997 through parent company Yahoo!. In the fast-moving and booming market of the late 1990s, the launch was a strategic move designed to directly compete with Hotmail. The risk paid off: four years later, the service boasted 281 million users and ranked as the third largest web-based email services on the market.

Yahoo Mail logo

In response to growing popularity, the entire Yahoo! network, including Yahoo Mail, was redesigned over the summer of 2002. The new design included a series of improvements, including drop-down menus, new category tabs and a customizable color scheme.

In 2004, heavy competitor Gmail forced other webmail services like Yahoo Mail to increase their mailbox storage. was the first to counter the competition, announcing 100 MB of free storage and 2 GB of storage for premium users. Yahoo! later increased its free storage to 1 GB in an attempt to get ahead of Google and Hotmail, and today provides users with unlimited storage. Mail has released many new versions over the years, each new version giving users new and enhanced features for even better service. Yahoo Mail is now available for both desktop and mobile and features a clean design, user-friendly interface and lightning-fast speed.

While Yahoo Mail has lost ground over the years to giants like Gmail, this end-to-end email service is still a powerhouse and one of the best ways to stay connected, anytime, anywhere.


Yahoo Mail offers a fresh design paired with enhanced functionality for a hassle-free email experience both online and off. Folders (Inbox, Drafts, Sent, Spam, etc.) are clearly labeled, intuitive and available in a drop-down menu. Users can further organize their messages with Smart Views, which uses labels like Important, Read, Starred, etc. to easily filter mail. The Compose button is located above the menu, and users can access Contacts, Calendar, and Messenger with a simple click. Mail design


Yahoo Mail’s most recent revamp was in 2015 with a version that offered a subtle redesign and a list of improved features that have secured its place among the world’s top webmail applications alongside Gmail and Outlook (which absorbed Hotmail in 2013).

Some of the first-rate features of Yahoo Mail include:

  • Free storage. Yahoo! Mail offers unlimited storage to users, more than both Gmail, which offers 15 GB with the possibility of buying additional storage, and Outlook, with 7 GB of cloud storage with OneDrive and additional space available for a fee.
  • Attachment size. Users can send up to 25 MB of attachments directly. Gmail also offers 25 MB, with 10 GB using Google Drive, while Outlook only offers 20 MB.
  • Send emails from other addresses. All three webmail applications make it possible to send emails from other addresses.
  • Automatic email forwarding. Yahoo Mail was the last of the big three to offer this feature along with its free service (it was formally only accessible to Yahoo Mail Plus users), but automatic email forwarding is now supported.
  • Account expiration. Yahoo Mail accounts expire after one year (12 months) of inactivity – this means that all messages, folders and contacts stored in the account are deleted and cannot be retrieved. Gmail closes accounts after only nine months of
    inactivity, and while Outlook doesn’t close accounts, they do become inactive if users don’t sign in for more than 270 days or within the first 10 days after signing up for an account.
  • Disposable email addresses. All three services allow users to create email aliases, which can be used when you do not want the recipient to know your real Yahoo! Mail address.
  • Enhanced mail filters: Every web-based email service has their own filter system; Yahoo! Mail offers 100 filters to automatically sort incoming messages.

Looking for more?

Users can enhance their Yahoo Mail experience with an upgrade to Yahoo! Ad Free Mail (formerly Yahoo! Mail Plus). At just $49.99 to sign up and $19.99 a year (auto-renewed) after that, the upgrade is the perfect option for users looking for:

  • Hidden ads: ads are removed for faster service.
  • No account expiration: as long as they are subscribers.
  • 200 filters to automatically sort messages.

Follow these easy steps to purchase Yahoo! Ad Free Mail:

  • Log in to your account
  • Click on the “Settings” icon.
  • Click “Ad Free Mail”.
  • Follow the prompts to enter your payment info.
  • Click “Pay”.

Sign Up

Still haven’t created your Yahoo! Mail account? There’s no better time than now: sign up is simple and takes mere seconds.

Follow the steps below to create an account from your computer, smartphone or tablet and you’ll be on your way to discovering everything Yahoo! Mail has to offer.

  1. Open your browser and go to Yahoo!. Click on “Mail” and then “Sign Up” to create your account.
  2. Enter all the mandatory personal information requested, including your full name, phone number, and date of birth.
  3. Choose a username and password.
  4. Check that all the information you’ve entered is correct.
  5. Verify your phone number.
  6. Click “Let’s get started” to start accessing your favorite Yahoo services.
  7. Finish setup by personalizing the account with different themes and settings.

You can check out these posts (here and here) for an in-depth look at how to create a Mail account.

Sign In

Yahoo Mail Sign In

Users can log in to their Yahoo! Mail account anytime, anywhere and from any device for instant access to the portal’s host of services. Sign in is just as easy as sign up and can be completed in a few easy steps:

  1. Open your browser and go to Yahoo! or locate the Yahoo! icon on your mobile device.
  2. Enter your username and password.
  3. Click “Forgot password” if you forgot your password and Yahoo! will lead you through a series of prompts to verify your account and recuperate your password or username.

Need more information? Check out posts with detailed tips about how to log in to your Yahoo! Mail account here and here.