Outlook 2010 With Yahoo Mail

We’re almost ready to start. But before we go any further, here’s an important point: You can only make this Yahoo Outlook 2010 connection if you have a premium Yahoo mail account. In other words, you must be using either a:

If you don’t have one of these account types, you cannot connect Yahoo Mail and Outlook. But don’t worry. This is easy to fix. And the benefits of a Yahoo Outlook 2010 connection make it worthwhile to do so.

Convert Your Yahoo Mail Account to a Mail Plus Account and Make the Connection

Converting a free Yahoo account to a Mail Plus account is easy and inexpensive at less than $1.67 a month.

THIS LINKYahoo Mail Plus upgrade page opens a new window that walks you through the Mail Plus upgrade process. Be sure to return to this page once you have upgraded your account so we can configure a Yahoo Outlook 2010 connection to work with it.

Whether you choose to use Yahoo! Mail Plus or Yahoo! Business Mail, the steps needed to make the Yahoo Outlook 2010 hookup are almost the same. The following section walks you through the process:

NOTE: As part of the process for setting up a Yahoo Outlook 2010 connection, you will tell the Yahoo mail servers not to keep copies of messages on the server once you view them with Outlook. This means they will not be visible from the Web once you read them with Outlook. This is most likely the way you want things to work anyway (having multiple versions of a message floating around is a recipe for confusion), but is something to be aware of.

Configure Your Yahoo Outlook 2010 Connection

We are going to set up our Yahoo Outlook 2010 connection manually to be sure we get everything exactly the way we want it. The procedure is similar, but not identical to configuring earlier versions of Outlook. Please follow these steps to get Outlook configured:

  1. In the Outlook main window, click the File tab on the ribbon, then Info, then Add Account. This opens the Auto Account Setup screen.
  2. Set the Manually configure server settings or additional server types checkbox and click Next to go to the Choose Service screen.
  3. Select Internet E-mail, then click Next to go to the Internet E-mail Settings screen.
  4. Enter your name as you want it to appear in messages in the Your Name field.
  5. Enter your full Mail Plus address (user@yahoo.com) or Business Mail address (for example, user@yourdomain.com) in the E-mail Address field.
  6. Select POP3 in the Account Type list.
  7. For a Mail Plus account, enter plus.pop.mail.yahoo.com in the Incoming mail server (POP3) field and plus.smtp.mail.yahoo.com in the Outgoing mail server (SMTP) field. For a Business Mail account, enter pop.bizmail.yahoo.com in the Incoming mail server field and smtp.bizmail.yahoo.com in the Outgoing mail server (SMTP) field.
  8. Enter your Yahoo user name in the User Name field. For a Mail Plus account, enter your mail address without the “@yahoo.com”. For a Business Mail account, enter your mail address including the “@yourdomain.com”.
  9. Enter your Yahoo Mail password in the Password field.
  10. Set the Remember password checkbox if you don’t want to have to enter your password manually each time Outlook checks your mail.
  11. Make sure that the checkbox next to Require logon using Secure Password Authentication (SPA) is CLEARED.
  12. Under the “Deliver new messages to” heading, select New Outlook Data File to store your Yahoo messages separate from your other messages. The messages will appear in the Inbox just like all the rest of your Outlook mail, but won’t be stored with your other (corporate?) messages on the server.
  13. Click More Settings to open the Internet E-mail Settings dialog box.
  14. Click the Outgoing Server tab.
  15. Set the My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication checkbox.
  16. Select Use same settings as my incoming mail server.
  17. Click the Advanced tab.
  18. Clear the Leave a copy of messages on the server checkbox.
  19. Enter 995 in the Incoming server (POP3) box.
  20. Set the This server requires an encrypted connection (SSL) checkbox under Incoming server (POP3).
  21. Enter 465 in the Outgoing server (SMTP) box.
  22. Select SSL in the “Use the following type of encrypted connection” box under Outgoing server (SMTP)
  23. Click OK to return to the Internet E-mail Settings screen.
  24. Click Test Account Settings. The Test Account Settings dialog box appears and Outlook sends a test message using the settings you have just entered. If the test was successful, a Congratulations! message appears in the dialog box. Your Yahoo Outlook 2010 connection is set up properly. Click Close to close this dialog box. If you didn’t see the Congratulations! message, go back through this procedure from the top to check all your settings.
  25. Click Next, then Finish.

NOTE: If the test shows that you can receive messages fine, but you can’t send them, the problem is often caused by factors outside the Yahoo Outlook 2010 POP3 connection you just set up. I’ve posted instructions for troubleshooting that kind of problem on the Can't Send Email page.

Now you’re ready to go. You should have a functional Yahoo Outlook 2010 connection, and Outlook should start downloading email right away.