Find Out How to Configure Yahoo Account In Outlook Client

The Introduction

Web mail services are mostly preferred by users for easy access, their colorful themes, interesting UIs, etc. Whereas, having a desktop based client, with your web mail account data has its own perks too!

Thus, we are here going to discuss one of the most demanded partial email profile switch i.e. Yahoo on Outlook client. By following the section below, you may find out complete information about the configuration of Yahoo mail profile on the Microsoft Outlook client. 

Connecting Yahoo Profile with Outlook

Nevertheless, Yahoo mail had been very popular in its time, but gradually its importance degraded drastically since the launch of other web mail services. Also, a bit of issues that were recently encountered regarding its privacy and security measures, led to more of trouble for Yahoo.

Outlook on the other hand not only offers configuration of a number of IMAP and POP email profiles, but is also a suitable professional email client offering a large number of facilities.

  1. One of which is offline email access where you can read received emails even when not connected with internet.
  2. Also, you can compose mails without an internet connection and send them. However, Outlook will automatically send it out once it is connected with the internet.
  3. And the facility of being available with internet also makes Outlook mobile as compared to Yahoo which can only be accessed with a browser. Meanwhile, one can easily carry their Outlook profile on their laptop.
  4. Not only does it offer emailing service, but also lets you manage your other personal information like; contacts, calendar, journal, notes, etc. which is a reason it is also known as a Personal Information Management system.
  5. Unlike, a Yahoo profile UI, Outlook doesn’t come with any distracting and unwanted advertisements.
These are some of the reasons, why web mail account holders want to switch to desktop email clients.

Outlook Configuration Steps For Yahoo Mail

Here are the complete steps to know how to configure Yahoo account in Outlook. Each step has been provided with its respective screenshot which may differ in case, your Microsoft Outlook client version is different. The one used in this configuration guide is MS Outlook 2010.

TIP: Concentrate on the steps and the details.

NOTE: Make sure that you follow each and every step carefully to attain desirable results.

Step 1: Start Microsoft Outlook on your machine. If it is the first account you are configuring on Outlook, then you may just proceed to step 2. Otherwise, refer below:

  • Go to Start Menu and click on Control Panel.
  • Click on the View By drop down menu and choose Large Icons.

  • Click on Mail.
  • On the Mail Setup window, click on E-Mail Accounts button.

  • Once you reach the "Account Settings" window, click on "New" to begin creating a new profile on your Outlook apart from the existing one.

  • An Add New Account will open up. Select the E-mail Account radio button, if unselected and click on Next.


  • Open MS Outlook >> click on File menu >> and click on Add Account button.

Step 2: On the next Add New Account window for Auto Account Setup, select the ‘Manually configure server settings or additional server types’ radio button. Click on Next.

Step 3: Again an Add New Account window will open to Choose Service, select Internet E-mail option and click on Next.

Step 4: Internet E-Mail Settings: Fill in the required details in the provided fields. And click on More Settings.

Step 5: Click on Outgoing Server tab and check the ‘My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication’ option.

Step 6: Now, switch to the Advanced tab and provide port numbers as follows:
  • Incoming Server (IMAP): From the drop down menu, select SSL and the field will automatically be filled up with the respective port number i.e. 993.
  • Outgoing Server (SMTP): From the drop down list, choose SSL and in the provided field, type the port number as 465.

Click on Ok.

Step 7: When you are back to the previous screen, recheck and confirm the details provided. Click on Next.

Step 8: Clicking on Next will automatically begin the account testing. This may take a moment, meanwhile, remain patient.

Step 9: (OPTIONAL) A screen may appear asking you to provide the respective credentials of the server. Click OK once done.

Step 10: On the successful completion of Yahoo Mail account configuration, Microsoft Outlook client will congratulate you with the following screen displayed:

Click on Finish.

Step 11: Microsoft Outlook will start up. Please wait for it to load your profile and its contents.

Step 12: And, that is how your Outlook Profile will look on startup.

The Dispute

The most important fact that you must be aware of, before starting with the configuration of Yahoo mail on Outlook is that, it should be a PAID account.

Yes, there is a $19.99 per year service by Yahoo known as Yahoo Mail Plus. And only users having a Yahoo profile upgrade to the paid service, are allotted with the permission to configure it on Microsoft Outlook or any other desktop client.

Thus, the free emailing service by Yahoo comes with POP disabled in order to restrict users from configuring it.

Hence, if you even try to configure a free Yahoo mail service for Outlook, the process will go smooth till Step 7 (as per the steps mentioned above). But, after that you will encounter the following issue:


In order to know how to configure Yahoo account in Outlook successfully, all you need to do is either own a paid Yahoo Mail Plus account or upgrade the existing to one to it. Only the users with a paid Yahoo Mail Plus's profile (pricing – $19.99) can configure their Outlook. With a little bit of settings ensured, you can easily perform the configuration of Outlook with your Yahoo mail profile. The only problem you might face will be in the hierarchical order of arrangement of the email folders, which is probably not maintained. If you want to know about configuration of other Email accounts like Gmail follow the given link:

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