How to Transfer Email Folders From Yahoo to Outlook

By Ruri Ranbe

Yahoo delivers mail to Microsoft Outlook via a mail server; the server uses either Post Office Protocol or Internet Message Access Protocol to transport messages. Unlike POP, IMAP provides two-way communication between the mail server and MS Outlook, allowing the email client to synchronize with Yahoo Mail. Enabling IMAP on Outlook enables you to access your folders remotely, and any changes you make to those folders in Outlook are applied to your Yahoo account.

Open Microsoft Outlook. Click "File," click "Info" and then click the "Add Account" button on the Account Information screen. The Add New Account wizard appears.

Select "Manually Configure Server Settings or Additional Server Types" and then click "Next."

Click "Internet E-mail" on the Choose Service screen and then click "Next."

Enter your display name, username, email address and password into the applicable fields. Uncheck "Require Logon Using Secure Password Authentication (SPA)."

Select "IMAP" from the Account Type drop-down menu. Type "" or "" (without the quotes here and for all other addresses) into the Incoming Mail Server field.

Type "" or "" into the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) field.

Click the "More Settings" button. Click the "Outgoing Server" tab and then check "My Outgoing Server (SMTP) Requires Authentication."

Click the "Use Same Setting as My Incoming Mail Server." Select the "Advanced" tab.

Type "995" (without the quotes here and for all other port numbers) into the Incoming Server field and "465" into the Outgoing Server field.

Select "SSL" from the drop-down menu. Check "Leave a Copy of Messages on the Server," if preferred, then click "OK."

Click "Next," then "Finish." Click the "Send/Receive" tab on the Ribbon and then click "Send/Recieve All Folders" to sync your Yahoo Mail folders with MS Outlook.


Use the "*" address if you have an account through Yahoo Small Business.