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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail Apps
If you have tried and failed to configure the Apple e-mail client for your Yahoo Plus mail account here's a solution. Note: This hint has only been tested and known to work on Mac OS X 10.6.6 and Mail 4.4 Build 1082.

Here is the process:
  • With Mail open, on the Menu Bar click Mail » Preferences.
  • Click the plus sign to add an account.
  • Type your name, as you'd like it to appear.
  • Type your e-mail address (including the domain) example = your.name@yahoo.com.
  • Type your password INCORRECTLY making it anything OTHER THAN the correct password. Click Create.
  • You'll receive an error prompt that the login failed, stating there may be an additional fee for Yahoo POP access. Don't worry, you're a subscriber and this was expected. Click Continue.
  • In the Account Type field click the drop down box and select IMAP. In the Incoming Server field replace 'plus.pop' with 'imap' and then click Continue.
  • You'll notice a spinning gear indicating that Mail is checking the connection -- this could take up to a minute or two depending on your connection speed and server activity. Upon successfully connecting you'll be prompted to click Continue.
  • For the Outgoing Mail Server you'll need to delete the 'plus' so the server name reads smtp.mail.yahoo.com. The Use Authentication checkbox should be selected - now, type your CORRECT password!
  • The next box provides a summary of your changes so far. Verify you've entered the Incoming Server as imap.mail.yahoo.com, the Outgoing Mail Server as smtp.mail.yahoo.com and SSL is set to ON for both servers. At this point we are not ready to take the account online so clear that check box. Click Create.
Now that the account is created there are a few settings that need to be changed.
  • First, click the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) drop down box, then Edit SMTP Server List.
  • Click the Advanced tab, then click Use custom port and enter 465. Your correct password should have been populated to that field previously. Click OK.
  • Now, click the Advanced tab and change the default port from 995 (POP) to 993 (IMAP).
  • Close the Accounts dialog box and save your changes. Provided you've completed these steps properly you should be ready to take your account online.
  • Click Mailbox » Take all accounts online. Your IMAP folders on the server should now begin the replication and population process.
I searched every forum I could think of, including calling Apple Tech Support and this is the only solution I found that works. If you have a better mousetrap please let us all know!

I have also posted a narrated slide show of the procedure here.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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You're my hero
Authored by: LawnDarter on Feb 10, '11 11:12:31AM

Post of the month nominee for sure! I too have scoured the forums and tried to get it Yahoo Mail into Apple Mail to no avail. Thanks! For the record, works without Plus access and also on 10.6.5 and Mail 4.4 (1082)



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Does NOT require a Plus account!
Authored by: jiclark on Feb 14, '11 09:59:07AM

Having just used this hint to set up my Ymail account in the latest version of Mail & 10.6.6, I can confirm that a Plus account is NOT required for this to work! VERY cool indeed!! I've been telling folks for years that a Plus account is required to use a Yahoo account in Mail.app. I'm so psyched to learn that it's no longer the case....



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: babauer on Feb 10, '11 11:37:05AM

This doesn't work for me
(10.6.6/Mail Version 4.4 (1082) as specified))

When I fill in my Yahoo Plus email address and the incorrect password I get a warning:
"The account “Yahoo” already has this host name and user name." and not the results predicted in the hint.
The "Continue" button does nothing.



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: xrs1969 on Feb 10, '11 01:14:07PM

wow, works great !
great hint , thanx !



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Tested: and it works!
Authored by: rodneyweston on Feb 10, '11 07:11:50PM

Thanks Steve! My Yahoo! account was falling into disuse, because of the lack of IMAP.

You can set up the connection manually quite easily, The other item to note is that (if you have a Yahoo account from another country) the servers are still just ".com" rather than ".com.au" (in the case of Australia).



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: kprema on Feb 12, '11 08:55:50AM

Fantastic. Thank you very much for the detailed description.



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: pony777 on Feb 12, '11 08:03:45PM

This worked (mostly) for me. Thanks.

Fetching and sending work fine as do my folders. Now I'm trying to set up drafts/sent. I'd like to have my drafts/sent stored on the server. When I ticked the boxes in settings, it created new folders instead of using the ones that Yahoo already has. When I told mail to use the folders that yahoo has, it didn't work properly, i.e., things didn't stay in sync.

Has anyone set up drafts/sent on server for yahoo Imap? If so, how did you do it?



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: morespace54 on Feb 16, '11 10:27:17AM

I had a similar problem too but it was a matter of prefs and settings in the webmail version...



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: pony777 on Feb 16, '11 03:26:38PM

Did you manage to make it work? If so, what settings did you use?



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: mmskat on Feb 13, '11 08:19:18AM

Best Hint in a Long Time Works Like a charm! Thanks



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: binallthis on Feb 16, '11 04:13:31AM

What a delight. I struggled with this a few months ago, Yahoo were polite but no help. Works as others have said without a Plus account. I'm in UK and used the .com settings.Thanks Steve.



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: cd_albert on Mar 09, '11 08:18:40AM

Thanks so much, fantastic.



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: kalex on Mar 24, '11 07:53:09AM

I have a question. I currently have yahoo account in mail.app configured to use pop. What is the correct way of changing it to imap? Should I delete my current setup? Should I add new account then once its synced, delete my pop account?

thanks



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: eastgirlie3 on Apr 12, '11 01:41:45PM

I, too, already had a Yahoo Plus POP account. I was able to successfully set up the IMAP, but should I now delete the POP? Is there a way to merge them? The POP has way more Yahoo messages in the inbox than the IMAP, so the IMAP must only be taking over what is currently on my server (I must've accidentally deleted original server messages when first creating the POP - so I need to save those messages!)



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: agentx on Apr 13, '11 06:46:13AM

Warning : If you delete a POP account from Apple Mail it will delete all your email.
You should start uploading your mail from POP account into IMAP account. Do it bit by bit as it can bum out.
Once done i would backup your POP account ~/Library/Mail, then remove.



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: kalex on Apr 13, '11 04:39:33PM

Thanks for the tip



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: Interactive on May 30, '11 04:48:33PM

Thank you so much for this brilliant hint. It must have taken a lot of trial-and-error attempts.

I have only a regular Yahoo! email account. And, I just followed this hint step-by-step and everything works perfectly now in Mail.app 4.5 (1084) under OS 10.6.7. I never thought it would be possible to manage my regular Yahoo! account in Mail.app until today.

Thanks again.



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: teknotrix on Jun 15, '11 02:59:42PM

Sweet, nice one. Works for my standard account on 10.6.7 and Mail 4.5 (1084)

Many thanks.



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: zhell on Jun 21, '11 01:23:05PM

Fantastic!
I was really skeptical seeing that port 995 there on the final screen of the setup wizard in Apple Mail, but thought "what the heck, Apple will know which port to use, Yahoo! is supported after all.". How wrong I was. Now it works perfectly.
Thanks a lot for a great hint.



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Still working?
Authored by: Interactive on Jul 23, '11 02:25:53PM

I am running OS 10.7 Lion on a 2011 MacBook Pro.

Even after I upgraded to Lion a couple of days ago, this whole thing was working in Mail.app. But, as of July 23, 2011, it stopped working. I wonder if other people have run into this issue.



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Re: Still working?
Authored by: teamdecker on Jul 25, '11 07:39:28PM

Nope... mine also stopped working in the last couple days... receiving this error:
"cannot send message using the server smtp.me.com" and "the server 'smtp.mail.yahoo.com' cannot be contacted on port 465... Select a different outgoing mail server"



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: cd_albert on Aug 27, '11 01:28:06PM

Yep, mine also stopped working...Yahoo introduced there new mail system online from memory...they must have changed something?



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: almiraj on Aug 29, '11 10:52:49AM

This didnt work for me..help pls!
Version 4.5 (1084)



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: ader on Sep 29, '11 02:18:03PM

Here are the IMAP settings in one place, works for Apple Mail and iOS with Yahoo and Yahoo Plus mail, also works with Win7-Outlook 2010.

To set up IMAP on Yahoo and Yahoo Plus use these settings:
Incoming Server - imap.mail.yahoo.com
Outgoing Server - smtp.mail.yahoo.com
Incoming Port - 993 (requires SSL)
Outgoing Port - 465 (requires SSL/TLS)
Username: full email address (for example, bill@yahoo.com or bill@rocketmail.com)
Password: the password you login to Yahoo! with.



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Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: angrylittleburri on Oct 27, '11 10:31:06PM

I love this! Thank you so much! The Yahoo interface is so annoying and now I don't have to deal with it any more!!! Thanks again!



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Fixing IMAP Issues for Mac OS X Mail
Authored by: Lady Leola on Mar 10, '12 09:11:23PM

I tried the method in this comment, but it did not allow me to add the same user account, and click Continue, as suggested. Then I realized the set up was for Mail Plus accounts. In further troubleshooting tips, I found out that the easiest thing to do to avoid signing up for Yahoo! Mail Plus,was to go into your usual Yahoo! Mail account in Webmail, and be sure you are in CLASSIC mode, rather than the new YMail version. Then go to your Mail app (on your Mac (OS X Lion),Quit it, reopen it, and click on Get Mail. It should load all of your mail. Yahoo!!!



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