How to Setup Outlook Express for Yahoo Account
Many people like me who are using Outlook Express for their email purpose might have faced difficulty when setting up their email account, especially a Yahoo account. Though it is not that difficult but yes it can prove difficult when proper instructions are missing. Since I did not want other Outlook Express users to suffer like I did, I came up with the idea of compiling the Outlook Express setup instructions for a Yahoo email account in this write-up.
I have tried to mention some simple steps to setup Outlook Express. However, I would still urge you to follow them properly to avoid facing problems. First and the foremost thing that you have to do is to upgrade your free Yahoo email account to Yahoo! Mail Plus, a paid service. Why do I upgrade for a paid subscription when I have a free account? It is because you cannot set up a free Yahoo email account in Outlook Express. You essentially need to upgrade to the paid service of Yahoo. Even if you try to set up a free Yahoo account in Outlook Express, Yahoo will essentially block it.
You will need to visit the official Yahoo website to do the upgrade. Once you have upgraded your existing Yahoo account to Yahoo! Mail Plus, open Outlook Express. Highlight the Tools tab and point to Accounts. When in the Accounts window, you will see all the email accounts listed there (if there are already any in your Outlook Express). To start setting up the Yahoo! Mail Plus account, click on the Add button on the right hand side and then select Mail.
It will open the Internet Connection Wizard window. Type your full name or first name as desired in the Display name box. Hit the Next button. Now type your full email address in the E-mail address box. While you type your email address, make sure that you make no typing mistakes. It can lead to unsuccessful setup of your email account besides showing error messages. Hit the Next button. Choose POP3 as your incoming mail server from the drop-down arrow.
Type Incoming (POP3, IMAP, HTTP) server as ‘plus.pop.mail.yahoo.com’ (without quotes and as is) and Outgoing mail (SMTP) server as ‘plus.smtp.mail.yahoo.com’ in the desired boxes. Hit the Next button to continue. In the Account name box, type your full Yahoo email address. Spell it correctly to avoid facing problems. Type your password in the Password box. Click to check the box Remember password if it is not automatically checked. I did not want to be prompted to enter my password time and again every time I open my Yahoo mail account, so I checked the box. You can also save yourself from the hassles of entering password again and again by checking this box.
Hit the Next button to go ahead. Click on the Finish button to exit the Internet Connection Wizard window. Now you will be back to the Accounts window wherein you will see your newly setup Yahoo mail account. Select it and then hit the Properties button on the right hand side. When in the Properties dialog box, highlight the Servers tab. Click to check the box next to My server requires authentication under Outgoing Mail Server.
Now highlight the Advanced tab. Type ‘465’ as the outgoing server number in the Outgoing mail (SMTP) box and ‘995’ as the incoming server number in the Incoming mail (POP3) box. Check both the boxes saying This server requires a secure connection (SSL) below the incoming and outgoing mail servers. Adjust the server timeout if you really want to. Otherwise, leave this option. You must check the box Leave a copy of messages on server. It will allow you to check or read messages from anywhere in world when you are away from your home computer.
If you don’t check this option, all your messages will get downloaded to your Outlook Express from the web mail account. So if you are away from your home computer and want to access your web mail account for new messages from an outside internet connection, you will not find them there. When done, click the Apply button and then OK to exit the Properties window. Exit the Accounts window. Close Outlook Express and reopen it to let the changes save. When done, hit the Send/Receive button to start downloading the messages.
Remember, Yahoo is a paid POP3 email service. Some free tools like YPOPs, IzyMail etc. claim to help you set up a free Yahoo POP3 email account in Outlook Express. However, it is not true. Yahoo will eventually block your free email account that was set up in Outlook Express. You will need to upgrade to the paid Yahoo! Mail Plus service.