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Yahoo Mail free POP access

April 10, 2009

For a long time, Yahoo allowed POP access only for Premium accounts, so people used custom applications, like Y!Pops to have this feature. This is not longer the case. To enable the POP3 access for your free yahoo mail account, all you have to change is the preferred content, setting it to Asia.

Select Options->Mail Options, then Account, followed by “Add or edit an account”.

Don't be afraid to click the "Add or edit an account" link. It will take you to the old Yahoo Mail interface, but this change is only temporary.

Image 1: Don't be afraid to click the "Add or edit an account" link. It will take you to the old Yahoo Mail interface, but this change is only temporary.

Select, the Accounts link on the left of the windows that opens. From the window that opens, select “Account Information” on the left. Then, set: Preferred Content: Yahoo Asia ( or Philippines region and timezone Korea), by clicking on the Edit link, like in this screenshot:

Click on Edit, then set the Preferred Content to Yahoo Asia

Click on Edit, then set the Preferred Content to Yahoo Asia

Update: After the latest Yahoo Main interface update, you might want to do this by accessing the “Set language, site and time zone ” instead of “Preferred content”. You can try the following link to do that:…&.scrumb=dcWFucvsDjQ

Logout and login.

Then, you can enable POP access and change settings, by clicking, from the mail inbox:

Options -> Mail Options -> POP & Forwarding

The Yahoo Mail POP Options settings screen

The Yahoo Mail POP Options settings screen

Update: A commenter suggested that, if you cannot find the POP & Forwarding option you should try this direct link: . If it does not work, then replace the part after the “done=” with the server address from the url you see when you go to the Options screen from your own Yahoo Mail account.

Now you can read your mail from any POP client; I use Gmail Fetcher to read mail in Gmail and it has all the settings I need already in it.

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  1. Ashley permalink
    April 23, 2009 3:13 am

    Thanks so much, I’ve been trying to get yahoo on my thunderbird forever and I have Liunx so it wasn’t easy. This way was great and save me a big headache.

    • Deepankar permalink
      July 18, 2011 8:28 am

      Hi can you make me your friend

  2. Cris permalink
    May 5, 2009 11:26 am

    Does it work for anybody ’cause after I change the content to Yahoo Asia, I no longer can’t find POP & Forwarding in the Options -> Mail Options, so I cannot enable the Pop access.
    Thank you

    • Dragos permalink*
      May 5, 2009 11:51 am

      It did work for every account (free accounts) I tried and got no complaints from readers until now…

      • Cris permalink
        May 9, 2009 7:38 pm

        …It works perfect now….I don’t know why it didn’t work first time…maybe I didn’t do it the right way….thanx a lot…

      • September 30, 2009 5:11 am

        Dragos- have you tried Outlook ’03? not sure waht pop in and out should be

      • Jaimon Joseph permalink
        January 28, 2010 3:46 am



        Changing Settings to Yahoo Asia worked for me. I think. Gmail is still importing everything from my Yahoo account. Thanks a lot for the tip. Now I can have all my mails in one place. Now to figure out how to make Thunderbird answer emails from my separate accounts AS SEPARATE identities. Right now, it’s just using the default ID i’ve fed in.

        Thank you for your time
        Jaimon Joseph
        Ph: 9899692342

      • Nick permalink
        January 30, 2010 3:38 pm

        sal, dragos. cred c-ai facut o treaba f. buna. totusi, din pacate, la mine nu functioneaza, imi apare msj:

        We Apologize
        The service you are requesting is not currently for sale.
        We apologize for the inconvenience.

        Am incercat ore intregi de mai multe ori si cu trick-ul sugerat. Am incercat si pe UK sau NZ. Pana acum nu m-am prins. Am vazut ca nu sunt singurul. Poate mai ai si alte idei… Ar fi binevenite.


      • D Vili permalink
        May 10, 2010 12:13 pm

        It looks like Yahoo has stopped free POP access across all Yahoo servers, foreign and domestic.
        yPOPs also no longer works. Firefox 3.0.6.

      • nanda permalink
        September 1, 2010 10:56 am

        thanks a worked for me.

      • puria permalink
        December 15, 2010 5:58 pm

        It’s really really really perfect, Tanx

      • William permalink
        December 21, 2010 6:40 am

        The link redirects me to Yahoo! Premium Services and it says that:
        “We Apologize
        The service you are requesting is not currently for sale.
        We apologize for the inconvenience.”

      • Peewee permalink
        April 2, 2011 2:10 pm

        I managed to do this last year and luckily my yahoo account still works on my iphone with POP but my new laptop cannot set it up. I just don’t have the option to change my content preference. It’s gone!

    • Pukhraj permalink
      July 18, 2009 10:21 pm

      cris – i’m having the same problem as u did…can u specify what the “right way” is..

    • Richard permalink
      March 18, 2010 5:10 am

      why asia I wonder?

    • gfd permalink
      August 3, 2010 11:01 pm

      It dosen’t work

    • Guna ( India) permalink
      February 3, 2011 12:37 am

      it is woring fine thanx a lot

  3. David permalink
    May 6, 2009 3:46 am

    So far I don’t see a:

    “Then, set: Preferred Content: Yahoo Asia,”

    in my newly created “ymail” account. I noticed the recent comments were from today…does anyone else have a ymail account with the same issue/or successful attempt?

    • Dragos permalink*
      May 6, 2009 6:41 pm

      I did not test this, but I find it improbable that ymail users cannot change their preferred content (because preferred content gives the news that are shown to them), so, it may not appear where the screen shot says, but it certainly should be somewhere, you just have to find it.

  4. Prashant permalink
    May 7, 2009 6:11 pm

    THANK YOU!! Works like a charm (i hv a account)

  5. ciprig permalink
    May 8, 2009 12:03 am

    tnx!! works very nice:)

  6. Euthor permalink
    May 8, 2009 3:11 pm

    Uhm, I too got lost in “Options -> Mail Options -> POP & Forwarding”.

    I can’t find it before or after changing to Asia.

    • Dragos permalink*
      May 8, 2009 3:48 pm

      I added an additional screenshot, hope it helps.

      • mark permalink
        May 15, 2009 5:21 pm

        i cannot find pop&forwarding in mail options

        how to get that

      • Dragos permalink*
        May 15, 2009 5:46 pm

        You have to set Preferred Content to Yahoo Asia first, and then it will appear. If you have already done that, try to log out and then log in again, maybe that helps.

      • October 12, 2009 2:32 am

        You are the man! Was using ypops in windows before I switched to linux so I could download and sort my emails, but it would only grab new emails and intermittently grab old emails that I set as unread so I was never able to get all of my emails. This works perfectly even though the names of some of the links have changed a bit. Thanks a lot.

      • Aaron permalink
        December 15, 2009 2:55 am

        I tried to log out and log back in and nothing. Now I dont even get the part of the url “done=” can you please help?

      • Audry permalink
        January 29, 2010 11:28 pm

        What an excellent blog…. :) thank you Dragos for making this blog. it works well on mine…. no matter what other people said as they dont want to try to understand what you mention on the top step by step and word by word. For me, its incredible clear instruction and really save my times after i try to find it everywhere and no ones can help me except your blog!!!! Do you have other blog which will help me in the future?

      • Monark permalink
        March 19, 2010 11:41 am

        Dragos ,

        Did they terminate the service for pop and forwarding. bcoz m tryin using yahoo Asia on another email and its not workin :(

      • Guest permalink
        March 21, 2010 3:11 pm

        Still not working…. I’ve tried everything in this article. I’ve tried switching to Asia. I’ve tried using ‘′

        I’ve tried replacing everything after ‘done=” with the URL from my own Options page.

        …none of it works. no matter what, the POP3 & Forwarding link is not there.

        I know others are experiencing the same issue so I’m assuming Yahoo has caught on and therefore this advice is now moot, because it’s no longer working.

      • Sari permalink
        April 1, 2010 12:35 pm

        Thanks for your answer.
        The trouble was temporary. Solved after a couple of hours.

        Sorry, i should have been more patient.

  7. Sari permalink
    May 15, 2009 11:13 pm

    Thank you so much .
    Goodbye Freepops and Yahoopops.

    One problem , though.
    Worked perfectly on three old accounts.
    On a new one from today , the option of POP3
    was lost after changing to Yahoo-Asia.

    Please , Help.

  8. Sari permalink
    May 15, 2009 11:21 pm

    Thanks for the immediate answer.
    I tried your advice with no success.
    Mayby newly created accounts are going to lose
    this option?

    • Dragos permalink*
      May 15, 2009 11:41 pm

      I do not know … I will try and investigate, but cannot promise anything yet.

  9. Sari permalink
    May 15, 2009 11:55 pm

    Thank you .

  10. May 20, 2009 11:27 pm

    I created a new Ymail account today, set Preferred Content to Yahoo Asia, and went into Mail Options (after logging out, logging back in, and trying the same with a different browser).. there is no POP3 and Forwarding link for me :( just Accounts, then Vacation Response. So it’s probably disabled for new accounts :(

  11. Yogesh Mishra permalink
    May 22, 2009 1:58 pm

    After I click the link “Add or edit your account” I do not see any “Preferred Content” option to be set to Asia.
    I am using the link and my Yahoo mail id is

    Am I doing any mistake?
    Please help.

    Yogesh Mishra

    • Dragos permalink*
      May 22, 2009 5:45 pm

      You have to click on “Account Information” and then you will see it. Good luck!

  12. Kbear permalink
    May 27, 2009 12:26 am

    Thank you so much for this! I was not about to pay $20 to get the POP information. It all worked perfectly and your guide is fabulous. Thanks again!

  13. Sourav permalink
    June 3, 2009 1:21 am

    THANKS A LOT, TRIED FOR LONG TIME just saw ur post today & now its working.
    Need to ask that only the inbox messages are imported, but my folders that I created in mail account are not detected.How to fetch my personal folders & messages.(I am using Thunderbird latest by today).

    • Dragos permalink*
      June 3, 2009 1:31 am

      Just move the mail from your personal folders to the yahoo mail inbox, using the yahoo mail web interface. There is (not to my knowledge anyhow) not an alternative means to do this. Also, future mail that arrive in a personal folder will not be downloaded using POP, so you might want to disable your filters.

  14. David permalink
    June 5, 2009 3:23 am

    I am still having issues locating any “POP3″ options after successfully switching to Yahoo Asia. I would like to know if anyone has completed this successfully with a “new Ymail” account. Thanks in advance.

  15. adrian permalink
    June 11, 2009 3:40 am

    I stumbled across this after failing to get ypops to work with outlook – thanks, it works like a charm!

  16. June 14, 2009 4:18 pm

    Out of 11 accounts, changing the “content” worked on 10 of them, but did not work on one. That one will not offer POP/Forwarding, only an upgrade to Mail Plus.

    It seems that some “content” other than Yahoo Asia will also work to do this; two accounts worked because they had “content” set to Yahoo UK.

    Thanks for the tip. It is very useful.

  17. Zoltan permalink
    June 16, 2009 1:15 pm

    Unfortunately this procedure doesn’t work with my existing Yahoo account.

  18. Sunil permalink
    June 17, 2009 8:18 am

    Hi Dragos,

    I tried all the procedures described by you. But with no success. The procedures followed by me are :

    1. Changed the ‘Preferred Content’ to ‘Yahoo! Asia’ (Tried ‘Yahoo! UK’ also) and settings saved.
    2. Then logged out and logged-in again. Went to ‘Mail Options’

    But there is no ‘Pop & Forwarding’ option found for my account.
    I have a doubt, is there anything to do with the Timezone settings while updating the Preferred Content ?

    Thanks and Regards,

  19. Orinoko permalink
    June 18, 2009 5:43 am

    Set this up on Sylpheed as my client, without any problems. thank you for your clear instructions and screen grabs. =]

  20. erfa permalink
    June 18, 2009 12:02 pm

    thanks so much

  21. KBec permalink
    June 23, 2009 6:33 pm

    Can u tell me how I can get this to work with Entorage/Mac. I’ve done this and it’s just not working. I get this error message: The server for account “yahoo” returned the error “authorization failed”. Then it tells me to check my username/password and security settings. I never even touched the security settings. I just followed the exact directions. Ugh :(

    • Dragos permalink*
      June 23, 2009 8:05 pm

      Did you enter the username and password for your yahoo account somewhere in your email application? I think this is what it wants to say…
      PS: I am not a Mac expert so I can offer limited help with this…

  22. randhawa permalink
    June 24, 2009 3:33 pm

    Thanks Dragos u solve my 5year problem thanks again

  23. Abhijeet permalink
    June 24, 2009 9:34 pm

    Its no more available on Yahoo Asia. It was running successfully till last month. My friend suggested me your blog saying that he was able to do it, he got his new ID last month. Basically I love Address guard facility of Yahoo and I get that facility in Yahoo! India. Now after getting those I want to forward it to my Google account(I love Google labels also).

    Please help me out with any other Yahoo service which is providing this for now.

  24. Json permalink
    June 28, 2009 3:30 am

    Thanx!!!! I haven’t got any sleep since i tried to consolidate all my yahoo accounts with gmail!!! and now it works!!! thanx!!! genius!!!

  25. razvan permalink
    July 6, 2009 2:45 pm

    bravo domne` felicitari!

  26. July 7, 2009 2:04 pm

    Hi Dear,

    Thank You Very Much.
    Thank you so much for this!

    Milind Audichya

  27. Patrick permalink
    July 9, 2009 5:05 pm

    They must have changed this setup, I have 3 yahoo accounts, this worked on 1 (my original account) the other 2 are newer and once I change it the the yahoo!asia it no longer has the POP option, just the vaction response…any ideas on a workaround? luckly the one it works on is my main account that I use, but I would like to get them all to work with the POP3

  28. juda87 permalink
    July 12, 2009 7:39 am

    It works, thank you so much

  29. brotherduck permalink
    July 12, 2009 8:12 am

    THanks this worked great. I have a personal url linked to my yahoo account but prefer gmail a lot better. This allows me to foward all my yahoo accounts, 3 of them, to my gmail account, a prayer answered !
    Thanks again!

  30. sanjay jadav permalink
    July 13, 2009 2:10 pm

    thnx thnx thnx very very very much………………………..

  31. docbby permalink
    July 17, 2009 3:51 am

    Excellent piece of work!
    I followed your EXTREMELY clear instructions and it worked for me!
    Do you have any other work arounds? a blog or a web site where we can further benefit from your expertise.


    • Dragos permalink*
      July 18, 2009 8:51 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. This is my only active blog.

      • claudiu permalink
        November 25, 2009 2:02 am

        salut dragos, ajuta-ma si pe mine am facut ce ai zis u mai sus cu pop3 insa am o problema: nu pot trimite mailuri cu outlook express. de primit le primesc insa nu le pot trimite!ma poti ajuta?

      • Dragos permalink*
        November 25, 2009 2:04 am

        Incearca asta: .

      • Sorin permalink
        June 8, 2010 8:26 am

        Dragos, nu pot sa trimit mesaje de pe outlook expres, (iar pe outlook nici nu primesc nici nu trimit)
        pe outlook express imi da eroarea asta: The message could not be sent because the server rejected the sender’s e-mail address. The sender’s e-mail address was ‘’. Subject ‘test’, Account: ‘’, Server: ‘’, Protocol: SMTP, Server Response: ’530 authentication required – for help go to‘, Port: 465, Secure(SSL): Yes, Server Error: 530, Error Number: 0x800CCC78
        am pus outgoing server si cu si fara “.au” in coada, am pus portul 25 si 465, degeaba. ce sa-i mai fac?

  32. July 17, 2009 10:31 am

    Awesome, worked like a charm !!!

  33. thy permalink
    July 18, 2009 12:07 pm

    i have 2 yahoo account and one gmail account, i would like to link those 2 yahoo account to gmail, but only one of the yahoo account can access. the another one…with same steps, but couldnt see the “POP & Forwarding” after the step “mail options”….what’s wrong with this? anybody help? …thanks

  34. July 18, 2009 8:29 pm

    YES!!! You are awesome. This worked like a charm!

    Thanks you so much. Good work!

  35. David permalink
    July 22, 2009 5:45 am

    I tried this account. it changed nicely to Yahoo! Asia.
    But using Thunderbird, I get the msg that POP is not allowed.

    With anothe YAhoo account all is well

  36. July 22, 2009 2:13 pm

    Thank you very much. Very useful information. Good work!
    I’ve tried it in MS Outlook 2003. It only work if “use SSL” is unchecked (use port 110 and port 25).

  37. David permalink
    July 23, 2009 7:36 am

    My previous post was not so clear. Sorry, I try again.

    By using the ASIA trick, I was succesful accessing Yahoo POP with one Yahoo email account. I did it about a monthe ago.

    A week ago, I tried the trick on another yahoo account, and today, yet on another. No success whatsoever. Cannot enable the POP as it does not appear in my “Asian” options.

    Maybe yahoo has some renovations and that is the cause, I dont know. I will wait a little

    • Sophie permalink
      April 25, 2010 10:38 pm

      i have the same scenario. I was able to add only 1 account. any suggestion?

  38. July 23, 2009 1:15 pm

    I revise my previouse comment. In my laptop, it also work with SSL setting (port 995 and port 465). But I cannot use SSL setting in my office PC. I guess the SSL ports are blocked.
    I personaly prefer IMAP, do you have tips & trick to use IMAP on Yahoo?
    Thank you.

  39. Hamid permalink
    July 23, 2009 10:35 pm

    Thanksssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss my friend God bless you

  40. Superman permalink
    July 26, 2009 10:12 pm

    Super. It works…!

  41. Tom permalink
    July 28, 2009 1:34 am

    Thank you so much!!!! Finally! After trying all different sorts of plugins addons and third partie products this works beautiful.

  42. Salman Zafar permalink
    July 28, 2009 2:35 pm

    Its Working Perfectly .. thanks friend …

  43. angel permalink
    August 6, 2009 12:33 am

    Hi, thanks! It works. But it did not work for my other yahoo mail. I don’t know why. But, I had POP&Forwarding on my mail options before I changed my yahoo mail to Asia. After that, I went back, and it disappeared. Can you help me?


  44. Valentin permalink
    August 8, 2009 10:05 am

    Felicitari! inca foarte bine!

  45. wguru permalink
    August 8, 2009 1:51 pm

    Kudos. Now we can once more expectedly control what stays on the server, view our stored emails anytime we want, and especially do it all without:
    1.) Waiting until the yahoo ads load.
    2.) Having to look at annoying ads that invariably get clicked on.
    3.) Having to pay Y’ to use our POP3 applications.
    4.) Burdening Y’s server with for those of us that don’t want our business kept on a server.
    5.) Burdening Y’s server by assuming responsibility for our email security*.

    The latter is the excuse Y’ reportedly tells our IP’s as to why our yahoo mail quit working w/Outlook, OE6, etc., when in reality Y’ simply decided to try and bilk users out of money for nothing, ie; by unannouncedly changing our account’s password only to the extent that our YPops quits working and then we’re supposed to buy into Y’s semi-hijacking of our emails in order to extort money from us. Just my opinion.

  46. Vahid Reza permalink
    August 12, 2009 4:47 pm

    So …
    Thank You Very MuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuCH.

  47. Rabah permalink
    August 14, 2009 2:21 am

    Thank you much, this workaround worked perfectely!!!
    Just wondering what was special about Yahoo Asia vs. the other settings, Would you know?

  48. Nancy J permalink
    August 16, 2009 12:18 pm

    I was able to get the information and everything, but when I tried using it with Outlook, it still said that pop was not allowed for me :(

    • Nancy J permalink
      August 16, 2009 12:25 pm

      Woops! I feel stupid now. Never mind about my last comment. I had just forgot to click “save” after I clicked “web & POP access.” Now it works wonderfully. Thank you so much for this information! You were lots of help!

  49. August 22, 2009 5:36 am

    THHHHHHaaaaaaaNNNNNkkkkkSSSSSSS….. a lot.

  50. Nnamdi permalink
    August 24, 2009 5:04 pm


    I tried this and it worked like magic. This is good. Thanks

  51. MrZap permalink
    August 25, 2009 6:26 am

    Did anyone of you who switch (my worked) starting to get inline ads in the email? this just started recently (this weekend) with ads for ymail and rocketmail. It never happened for me and i have been using the free yahoo mail, oh, since early 1990.

    I ‘switched’ about a month ago thanks to the directions on this site! my other free yahoo account (reside in US) has no inline message ads.

    Am i giving up my pop access for inline ads?


  52. August 28, 2009 4:03 am

    thanks Dragos! stumbled on your blog, and this works beautifully to enable access to y!mail on my nokia handset…finally

  53. Rob permalink
    September 6, 2009 7:22 am

    Thanks. It worked with Outlook 2007.

  54. Sanjay permalink
    September 9, 2009 6:20 am

    Dear Dragos,
    YOU ARE GENIUS………YOU ARE THE BEST. YES POP FORWARDING DOES WORKING IF YOU CHANGE TO YAHOO-ASIA….no matter what others say. IT DOES WORK RIGHT AWAY. Make sure they select time zone accordingly as well.
    Thanks Genius


  55. dudu permalink
    September 9, 2009 6:10 pm

    thank you body.. you are the best..more than 2 years i was searching for a solution.. NOW IF FOUND IT!! THX THX perfect :)

  56. David permalink
    September 12, 2009 11:16 pm

    This is the best tip — you have to tweak a bit to adjust for updates Yahoo has made in the account settings screens, but anyone determined can get it. THANK YOU!

  57. Monitor_R permalink
    September 14, 2009 4:47 pm

    Solutia e OK, am folosit-o inca din primavara cand YPOPs a fost declarat mort…
    Am mai folosit-o acum o luna la un coleg cu cont vechi iar saptamana trecuta cand am mai incercat o data pentru un cont NOU creat NU A MAI MERS…

    Se pare ca solutia e valabila doar pentru conturi mai vech de email…


  58. Sanjoy permalink
    September 15, 2009 2:56 pm

    Great Stuff!!

  59. Michellette permalink
    September 16, 2009 1:25 am

    Stills works (finally). Initially I forgot to tick “Use SSL” and change to port 995 on the Gmail side, but after I did that – perfect! Thanks for the tip.

  60. ipirotis permalink
    September 17, 2009 1:39 pm

    Many thanks…

  61. Charmz permalink
    September 27, 2009 12:06 am

    Works great!!

  62. anil gupta permalink
    September 27, 2009 2:04 pm

    Thank You Very MuCH


  63. anupam permalink
    October 3, 2009 8:51 am

    i cant even stop to thank you for the greatttttt help this tutorial have been to me.. was looking a way to transfer my yahoo mails to gmail for past 2-3 years. thx a ton..

  64. cristian permalink
    October 6, 2009 8:17 pm

    ms frumos a mers … trebuie doar sa urmezi atent pasii de mai sus/jos

  65. Mike permalink
    October 9, 2009 5:56 pm

    Yahoo! has blocked the server from allowing Google to fetch mail with an error message that says “Server Access Denied, Need Yahoo! MailPlus. Contact Yahoo! Mail for assistance.”

  66. wbk permalink
    October 9, 2009 10:18 pm

    So far, found the required settings on the account info tab of the classic client:

    Account Settings
    Set up Yahoo! Mail

    Manage your Yahoo! aliases

    You have no aliases at this time
    Set language, site, and time zone

    Current setting: Yahoo! Asia, Europe/Paris

  67. wbk permalink
    October 9, 2009 10:47 pm

    Great! I am só happy that finally I can download emails from Yahoo, 600+ megs from the first account so far.

    I could of course have taken a years premium subscribtion, but it feels as paying a ransom for my communications archive.

    Thanks a lot!

  68. Ronj@ permalink
    October 10, 2009 12:02 pm

    Hi Dragos and all others, Thanx so much for all this insight :) However, I now at the point I filled out my POP-details in Outlook etc. but my inbox remains empty (expected all my old stuff would transfer itself to my Outlook Inbox)

    Odd thing is that if I sent a mail from my Outlook-yahoo account to myself (test) it appears in my online Yahoo but not in my Outlook-Yahoo account :-/ What did I do wrong? Hope someone can give me a hint; I’d be very greatful :)

  69. Ronj@ permalink
    October 10, 2009 12:08 pm

    Oops sorry, found it! Had to switch off my singn in with password-verification.

  70. Karthik permalink
    October 17, 2009 9:55 am

    If u can not find POP&Forwarding after signing in open this url in a new window

    in my ymail account i was not able to find POP&Forwarding so i opened my old yahoo ID and went to POP&Forwarding and copied the url and signed in using the new ymail account and opened the copied url in new window and got POP&Forwarding.

    • Andy permalink
      October 27, 2009 3:19 pm

      Your link gets: We Apologize
      The service you are requesting is not currently for sale.
      We apologize for the inconvenience.

      • Dragos permalink*
        October 27, 2009 4:01 pm

        If it does not work, then replace the part after the “done=” with the server address from the url you see when you go to the Options screen from your own Yahoo Mail account.

    • February 17, 2010 4:05 am

      Karthik…thanks for the great tips..

    • Brandon permalink
      September 2, 2010 7:19 am

      Dude, you are an absolute genius. Dragos, I appreciate your efforts and you are doing good work. The link above was the only thing that did the trick. THANK YOU!!!

  71. Kevin permalink
    October 21, 2009 2:27 am

    @Karthik : Your link and helpful tips are wonder ! Your tips work perfectly for ymail, but not work for email.

    Thanks OP and Karthik ! You made my day…

  72. Nick permalink
    October 21, 2009 4:08 am

    Of course, this is great, works and Dragos deserves kudos. But users could also send a signal to Yahoo by using some other *free* service – such as Besides allowing for POP access without any restrictions, gmx web-mail is https enabled not only during the authentication phase, but also when transferring the e-mails bodies, which Yahoo does not. A few more minor features recommend gmx ahead of Yahoo. Just my 2 cents…

  73. Pea permalink
    October 22, 2009 2:07 pm

    @Dragos: Thanks! It did work for one account where I changed from Yahoo India to Yahoo Asia but not for the one for which I by default signed up with “yahoo asia” content. Can u help? Please mail me at

    @Karthilk: Thanks for your tip. It did work for me. I have some more questions to ask you.Please mail me at

  74. October 22, 2009 2:11 pm

    Thnaks very nice trick…my problem has been solved

  75. October 23, 2009 11:54 pm

    Thank you. I simply had lost the hope that I will never ever use pop with yahoo and then I saw your post. And now downloading mails into outlook.

    Thanks again!

  76. Nofian Adi permalink
    October 26, 2009 4:01 pm

    great… Thanks…

  77. FWillie permalink
    October 28, 2009 6:13 pm

    This worked perfectly!!! I’ve used Ypops AND webmail extension for Thunderbird. I could not get Ypops to work in Evolution when I switched over this week from TB. I also use Linux so settings/corrections are not always cut and dry.

    This is ideal!!! Thank you for staying on top of your blog and keeping information current! AWESOME!!!

  78. October 30, 2009 7:32 pm

    Great Tutorial. Thanks for your kindness.

  79. gelogs permalink
    October 31, 2009 1:43 am

    Oh, you ARE a genius! Thank you soooooo much! I’m uing Windows Live Mail now :D

  80. November 1, 2009 6:20 am

    your instruction solved my problem, thank you very much!

  81. Brad permalink
    November 2, 2009 7:09 pm

    Genius, thank you my brother!

  82. Evan permalink
    November 2, 2009 9:21 pm

    Astounding! I screwed around with YPOPS for hours to no avail before I found this. 60 seconds later and I’ve got Yahoo mail on Outlook 2007. Worked great.

    I set my “Preferred Content” to Yahoo Asia under my time/location settings and then clicked on the POP/Forwarding link. Did not have to log out.

  83. permalink
    November 6, 2009 3:59 pm

    Doesn’t Asia screen all of their servers emails? I hope this doesn’t allow for any of that on my foreign soil.

    • Dragos permalink*
      November 6, 2009 4:16 pm

      I think only China does that. Asia is a whole continent :)

  84. November 8, 2009 9:47 am

    Excellent!! Thanks for the post. It worked perfectly for me. I’m using Thunderbird3 on Linux.

  85. Arthur permalink
    November 9, 2009 10:43 am

    Works Great! it sucks to use YPOPs as it doesn’t always work and crashes my computer often.

    Thanks a bunch for the guide!

  86. Xier permalink
    November 9, 2009 4:40 pm

    This is great! For years I didn’t know what to do with my yahoo account. Even after several years, I still have some old friends sending email only to my yahoo account. Now I have no trouble seeing these email any more.

  87. EthanLY permalink
    November 9, 2009 6:38 pm


  88. Rod permalink
    November 17, 2009 12:46 am

    I still get an error, even after replacing the address after the “done=”

    Your link gets: We Apologize
    The service you are requesting is not currently for sale.
    We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Any ideas?

  89. Rod permalink
    November 17, 2009 1:40 am

    I’m still getting this error:
    Your link gets: We Apologize
    The service you are requesting is not currently for sale.
    We apologize for the inconvenience.

    I’ve tried to replace the address after “done=” by the one of my Yahoo! Options page but I still get the same error.

    Any ideas?


    • Dragos permalink*
      November 17, 2009 1:44 am

      Sorry, I do not have any idea what else to try.

  90. November 27, 2009 8:08 am

    Thanks a lot, mate! This helped a great deal! Read about my experience here:



  91. stratus permalink
    November 29, 2009 2:46 am


  92. leju permalink
    November 29, 2009 8:52 am

    Excellent. just like that. Get Set Go. So easy. No need to download, configure any software extra. Thanks a Lot

  93. Marcos permalink
    November 29, 2009 3:22 pm

    Works perfect thank you so much

  94. George permalink
    November 29, 2009 11:19 pm

    This works GREAT.

    Thanks a million.

  95. Bhasker permalink
    November 30, 2009 2:49 am

    Thanks a lot
    This works for me. Now it is lot more easy to maintain mails instead of reading from web-interface.

  96. Israel permalink
    December 1, 2009 1:56 pm

    Wow! It works Finally! Thanks a lot

  97. lou permalink
    December 4, 2009 9:45 am

    anyone ever figure out why some accounts won’t list the POP3/Forwarding options? I have 3 yahoo accounts and 2 of them worked fine by setting Yahoo Asia but the 3rd won’t. I tried the copy paste trick and get this.

    We Apologize
    The service you are requesting is not currently for sale.
    We apologize for the inconvenience.


    • lou permalink
      December 4, 2009 11:35 am

      i created another free account and have same issue as my one account. i wonder if they fixed something with newer accounts.

      • -=MuH=- permalink
        December 7, 2009 10:36 pm

        Same problem… too excited get POP access on my old yahoo account.
        Create new one… but the service is not listed on Options anymore..

  98. wocced permalink
    December 4, 2009 5:56 pm

    GREAT!!! I finally got my ymail redirect to my gmail….thousand thanks!

  99. Razvan Dinu permalink
    December 8, 2009 4:34 am

    Super tare!!! de mult voiam sa imi verific mailul de pe yahoo pe gmail :).

  100. Bogdan permalink
    December 9, 2009 5:26 pm

    For the settings to work you have to select the first option “Web & POP Access …”, and after selecting press the “Save” button left-donw the page. Good luck

  101. Maria Leticia permalink
    December 14, 2009 3:01 pm

    You are great!!! Thank you SO MUCH! I’ve been searching for this for a while….

  102. Aaron permalink
    December 14, 2009 7:55 pm

    Hi Dragos,

    I tried setting this up the way discribed in your posts. I also tried the work around and it didnt work. Any suggestions??

    “Update: A commenter suggested that, if you cannot find the POP & Forwarding option you should try this direct link: . If it does not work, then replace the part after the “done=” with the server address from the url you see when you go to the Options screen from your own Yahoo Mail account.”

    Thank you,

  103. Ruan permalink
    December 15, 2009 8:44 am

    “I’m still getting this error:
    Your link gets: We Apologize
    The service you are requesting is not currently for sale.
    We apologize for the inconvenience.

    I’ve tried to replace the address after “done=” by the one of my Yahoo! Options page but I still get the same error.

    Any ideas?”

    I’ve also got this problem. It used to work on the other computer, but not anymore =/

  104. nomi permalink
    December 15, 2009 11:26 pm

    wooohoooooooo! Thanks a lot. :D

  105. Rizan permalink
    December 18, 2009 9:42 am

    yes it worked for me thank you so much. no more annoying yahoo error messages.
    im moving to gmail. welcome googlers

  106. eewee1 permalink
    December 20, 2009 1:47 am

    I tried this with a Yahoo! account several months ago, and it worked like a charm. I just tried it with another Yahoo! account, doing the exact-same thing (setting to Yahoo! Asia), and I get an error message, “pop not allowed for user”.

    Although, I have to say that things look a bit different now in Yahoo!. Here’s what I did: Options > Mail Options >Accounts > Add or edit an account > Account information > (typing in of password) > Set language, site, and time zone > New Setting: Yahoo Asia. After that, it keeps asking for my password. When I sign out and sign back in again, the settings are “Yahoo Asia”, but POP doesn’t work.

    • eewee1 permalink
      December 20, 2009 1:58 am

      I solved my own problem: After activating POP, I got the following error message: “The RETR command did not succeed. Error retrieving a message. Mail server responded: problem retrieving message.” Thunderbird showed me that it was trying to retrieve 128 messages, even though I had no message in my inbox. Thinking this was weird, I signed in through my browser and found out that there were 128 messages in the “Spam” folder. So, I deleted those, sent a new message to myself, and it worked. Apparently, it got confused by Yahoo!’s Spam folder.

  107. RAJESH permalink
    December 21, 2009 9:58 pm

    Great. It works. Really!!

  108. Joe permalink
    December 26, 2009 1:33 am

    It doesn’t work on newer accounts. Yahoo must have gotten savvy to the loophole and closed it.

  109. xon_o permalink
    December 27, 2009 11:47 am

    Thanks, man! It works great!…after ours of failure now it does it!…There could be a reason why some new accounts can’t access to the pop menu even with the Asia content on… old accounts (mine is 8 years old and I didn’t need any content change) were created with an old yahoo-user agreement before plu$ accounts appeared. Those rights cannot be reversed while new free-account users get a new ‘deal’. Anyhow, it did work to me. Thanks again

  110. TheShidoshi permalink
    January 6, 2010 4:53 pm

    This is the direct link to find Preferred Content.

    I was unable to get to it through Accounts for some reason…&.scrumb=dcWFucvsDjQ

    Thanks to this article I finally managed to get this working. I was few desperate moments away from paying the $20 fee

    • jan permalink
      February 8, 2010 4:47 am

      ah, ok… was in time settings…

  111. January 11, 2010 3:56 am

    You are really very great, given a wonder full solution for all …! & i am sure now can got yahoo pop yet with out this solution before…!

  112. Bhavin Tandel permalink
    January 12, 2010 6:15 am

    Thank You ! Very much Mr.Dragos. U give us a very nice information , very much helpful . U r gr8 sir…..

  113. ari permalink
    January 14, 2010 2:31 am

    Hello. Thank you for this helpful info, however, has anyone had any recent success with this? When I change my settings to Yahoo Asia, sign out, and then sign back in, Pop and Forwarding is not an option under Accounts. Any suggestions plz?
    I tried it with Yahoo UK and the option of PoP is in mail options, but when you click on it, it only says “upgrade to mail plus”.
    I also tried the suggestions of copying and pasting my url after the url u hav posted on there and it takes me to a screen that says “this premium service is not available”.
    Would appreciate any help.
    Thank you.

  114. Marcus permalink
    January 15, 2010 12:28 am

    This worked like you said it would!! thx =)

  115. January 16, 2010 1:58 am

    thank you

    :-* :-*

  116. Jose L permalink
    January 16, 2010 2:29 am

    Awesome! thank You! Do I have to leave it in yahoo Asia?

  117. Abhishek Verma permalink
    January 18, 2010 11:28 am

    Hello to all the happy POP Accessors.
    and a big thank you to Mr. Dragos :)

    Actually the thing is that I created a new and I wanted to forward all the mails of to

    I thought of accessing the Ymails by means of POP access and forwarding by changing the region to Asia like I did with my other Yahoo Ids.
    But, to my surprise there was no link of POP access and forwarding even after changing the region.

    I was so heart broken that finally your LINK saved my life :o :)

    I researched with the link also and found out by selecting the mails to be FORWARDED to my Gmail rather than POP Accessing removes the link of ‘POP AND FORWARDING’ from Yahoo Options and your mails are never forwarded only POP access thing works perfectly.

    So, the gist of my story guys is, if you are enabling the access by means of LINK then fetch your mails by the means of POP Access (only that works) not by FORWARDING.

  118. Abhishek Verma permalink
    January 18, 2010 11:32 am

    Hello to all the happy POP Accessors.
    and a big thank you to Mr. Dragos :)

    Actually the thing is that I created a new mail ID at and I wanted to forward all of the mails to

    I thought of accessing the Ymails by means of POP access and forwarding by changing the region to Asia like I did with my other Yahoo Ids.
    But, to my surprise there was no link of POP access and forwarding even after changing the region. :o

    I was so heart broken that finally your LINK saved my life :) :) :)

    I researched with the link also and found out by selecting the mails to be FORWARDED to my Gmail rather than POP Accessing removes the link of ‘POP AND FORWARDING’ from Yahoo Options and your mails are never forwarded only POP access thing works perfectly.

    So, the gist of my story guys is, if you are enabling the access by means of LINK then fetch your mails by the means of POP Access (only that works) not by FORWARDING.

  119. Abhishek Verma permalink
    January 18, 2010 11:34 am

    Hello to all the happy POP Accessors.
    and a big thank you to Mr. Dragos

    Actually the thing is that I created a new mail ID at “xxx at ymail dot com” and I wanted to forward all of the mails to “yyy at gmail dot com”

    I thought of accessing the Ymails by means of POP access and forwarding by changing the region to Asia like I did with my other Yahoo Ids.
    But, to my surprise there was no link of POP access and forwarding even after changing the region. :o

    I was so heart broken that finally your LINK saved my life. :) :) :)

    I researched with the link also and found out by selecting the mails to be FORWARDED to my Gmail rather than POP Accessing removes the link of ‘POP AND FORWARDING’ from Yahoo Options and your mails are never forwarded only POP access thing works perfectly.

    So, the gist of my story guys is, if you are enabling the access by means of LINK then fetch your mails by the means of POP Access (only that works) not by FORWARDING.



  120. Abhishek Verma permalink
    January 18, 2010 11:45 am

    Sorry for spamming the last one is correct,please remove the 1st two and this note.

    Thank You very much once again….. :)

  121. January 21, 2010 1:17 am

    SIMPLY AWESOME!!! Thanks..

  122. Justus permalink
    January 24, 2010 11:16 am

    *I don’t have a good english

    Hi, I only use the link cause I have an account on Yahoo Uk-Ireland ( and its work great, I even need to reload the page, but when I tried to do the same whit another account ( it don’t work … anyone have this problem. ..

  123. ian permalink
    January 26, 2010 8:33 am

    brilliant! thank you!

  124. Pathum permalink
    January 27, 2010 5:48 am

    Thanks a lot brother. I was trying to configure my yahoo mail to outlook express for a long time. I could do that with your instructions only. thank you very much.

    All the best

  125. John permalink
    January 28, 2010 4:50 am

    as per 2010, even you change to yahoo asia, it cannot have pop&forwarding

  126. John permalink
    January 28, 2010 5:15 am

    this is what i got on yahoo asia:

    POP & Forwarding

    Upgrade to Mail Plus so you can:

    * download your Yahoo! Mail in an email client, such as Outlook
    * forward your Yahoo! Mail to a different address

  127. January 29, 2010 5:20 pm

    Tanks.I love U

  128. Jorgen permalink
    February 4, 2010 3:23 pm

    You are the greatest… been trying to solve this all day… I just needed to find you… 2 seconds and solved… thanks!!!!

  129. Mrk permalink
    February 9, 2010 12:53 am

    You the man, Dragos. I have been looking for an answer to Yahoo’s wacky decision to charge for POP3 access when every other email service provides it free. You are the answer man. Thank-you! Mrk

  130. deppa permalink
    February 10, 2010 3:06 pm

    Thank you so much! I tried this yesterday and it worked great. Took about 20 minutes before mail started showing up in gmail but it’s working fine now. I too lost the forwarding option after switching to Asia but I’ll search it out when I have more time excellent tip.

  131. Rad permalink
    February 10, 2010 10:05 pm

    Hats off to you DRAGOS…..
    you are amazing…!!!

  132. Joe permalink
    February 16, 2010 1:20 am

    AWESOME! The verbiage changed a bit so it’s under:

    Options > Mail Options > Accounts > Add or Edit > Edit the account > Account Information > Set language, site, and time zone —- just change the preferred content, no need to change the time zone.

    Thank you so much for this!

  133. February 17, 2010 4:19 am

    great tips…thanks

  134. Simon permalink
    February 17, 2010 10:42 am

    THANKS! Works great!

  135. Don permalink
    February 20, 2010 12:35 am

    It’s people like you that make the internet a better place. Thanks man! May you be blessed with infinite bandwidth.

  136. Shane permalink
    February 23, 2010 12:29 am

    this was so great its been years ive been trying to do this thks so much

  137. nada nada permalink
    February 23, 2010 12:36 am

    it worked the first time, if it dodnt work for you, ask for help who can read, understand and follow these simple instructions for you. duh!

  138. February 25, 2010 11:07 am

    Thanks it worked great, I tried all sorts of things before this.

  139. Anais Alvarado permalink
    February 25, 2010 11:41 pm

    Thanks! Finally I can use my Mac Mail to read my Yahoo Mail!!! Upyyyy!!!!

  140. Jenny permalink
    February 26, 2010 10:32 am

    Thank you thank you – you’ve just helped us get Thunderbird online! With so many email addresses and accounts in our family, logging in and out was a PAIN!

  141. Alex permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:16 am

    Thank you soooooooo ooooooooo oooo much for this info :D
    Yahoo was my first email address EVER! I have this account for 11 years now and since have gone with google because of overspaming on yahoo and pop support in google, also google gave the 1Gig option before anyone. Now I have this account in my mail application at its rightful place and it will be checked just as frequently as all the others.
    Lots of internet love to you!

  142. Mag permalink
    March 4, 2010 4:38 pm


  143. julie permalink
    March 5, 2010 12:59 am

    Thanks so much Dragos, just what i was looking for.

  144. suman permalink
    March 5, 2010 1:20 pm

    My Search Yahoo pop & SMTP service ended here.

    Thank you very much for such useful infromation

  145. March 7, 2010 2:17 am

    Thank you so very much!
    Multumesc tare mult!

    Am folosit ani de zile extensia Webmail a Modzev-ului impreuna cu componenta yahoo. De vreo saptamana a incetat sa functioneze. Nu am incercat altceva din cauza unei chestii foarte dubioase. Am 2 conturi Unul de 10 ani (care nu se mai putea accesa) si altul de maxim 2 ani. Care se acceseaza chiar si in momentul de fata. Setarile in thunderbird sunt identice. Setarile pe web sunt identice. Si totusi unul vrea iar celalalt nu mai vrea.

    Pe langa multumiri as da si o bere, doua… :D:))

  146. March 9, 2010 8:01 am

    Thanks for the tip man.

    I was missing a lot of important mail as I hate checking mail on different accounts. This did the job for me.

    No wonder Yahoo is what it is by having these stupid restrictions for users according to region. Yahoo needs to wake up or it will die.

  147. rif permalink
    March 9, 2010 11:29 pm

    wow wonderful post, i have ga around long enough to find this tricky thing…
    thx a lot….

  148. Marian permalink
    March 11, 2010 7:12 am

    Foarte bun post ! Felicitari Dragos, functioneaza perfect. Iar pentru cei care vor totusi sa revina la vechiul Preferred Content pot sa o faca linistiti deoarece POP3 va ramane activat !!!

  149. Jesse Smith permalink
    March 15, 2010 10:08 pm

    If you can’t get it working this way, simply follow the instructions at

    and for Macintosh

  150. Nosh permalink
    March 16, 2010 1:27 pm

    if it doesn’t work for try changing the server address to and

  151. Gordon Bateson permalink
    March 17, 2010 5:13 am

    Thanks – worked fine for me, although the page to select Yahoo! Asia is in a slightly different place:

    Account Information -> Sign In -> Set language, site and time zone

    • jab permalink
      March 22, 2010 9:57 pm

      Seconding Gordon comment. This worked for my account which I’ve had for over a decade but haven’t been able to access via pop for years. Thanks!!!!!

  152. Monark permalink
    March 17, 2010 1:49 pm

    Awesome boss !!!

  153. gita permalink
    March 20, 2010 12:19 am

    thanks a lot.. its brilliant!

  154. March 21, 2010 1:37 pm

    this is awesome – thanks so much!
    very clear tutorial, that saved me a lot of hassle :-)
    - cheers

  155. Rodwin Oloresisimo permalink
    March 24, 2010 8:00 pm

    Thank you very much! I’ve tried so many things, too many adviCes from too many sources, been unsuccessful…BUT YOUR ADVICE DID THE TRICK!

    Maraming salamat! (Thank you very much in Filipino).


  156. Guest permalink
    March 25, 2010 8:43 pm

    Just followed the directions here and it worked for me. Thanks a bunch.

  157. ignacio permalink
    March 30, 2010 2:00 pm

    muchas graciass! funciona a milll

    thanksss a lot! it worksss ;)

  158. Sari permalink
    April 1, 2010 9:40 am

    After having used your wonderful post for a long time , there is a sudden problem concerning incoming mail (Outlook express)
    (A time-out occurred while communicating with the server. Account: ‘Yahoo-xxx’, Server: ‘’, Protocol: POP3, Port: 995, Secure(SSL): Yes, Error Number: 0x800CCC19)

    Sending mail is OK.

    Thank you

  159. Bryan permalink
    April 8, 2010 8:22 am

    Worked perfectly! Thanks. Sure beats all of the other software workarounds.

  160. Tuti permalink
    April 15, 2010 8:36 am

    Thank you it worked perfectly.

  161. Dude man permalink
    April 15, 2010 8:11 pm

    man, thanks much

  162. cecile permalink
    April 19, 2010 1:22 pm

    I’m so bummed, I cant get the line pop/forwarding.
    I try all the explinations and still nothing.

    no idea what to do .

    Please I need help.

  163. 123 permalink
    April 20, 2010 3:23 am

    generic urls work:

    pofwd regenerates the current yahoo account server at the end along with the random crumb stuff.

    confirm that yahoo mail uk offers the pop setting. don’t have it working yet in opera (“tls”), but works in oe (“ssl”). don’t know if tls is the problem.

  164. Matthijs permalink
    April 21, 2010 5:35 am

    Works for me. I had to log in and log out before it worked. Also, the screenshot you provided is not correct anymore. Now it is on that page, under “Account Settings”, the “Set language, site, and time zone” option that has to be set to Yahoo! Asia.

  165. April 21, 2010 6:23 pm

    Thank you so much!! Worked great.

  166. April 23, 2010 12:36 pm

    Пальминг и соляризация – лучшие упражнения от Бейт… – Рецепт – водный раствор прополиса

  167. Don permalink
    April 26, 2010 8:26 am

    I tried on my 3 accounts it works only on 1. I am getting erros that is not for sale. Can anybody tell me a step by step proedures…Thanks a lot

  168. Francisco Hauva permalink
    April 29, 2010 9:35 am

    Very Good Tip!!! thanks…

  169. hashim permalink
    May 3, 2010 5:44 am

    thank you soooooooooooooo much.. it worked greatly… thanksssssssssssss

  170. Cesar Augusto Franco Estrada permalink
    May 3, 2010 9:54 pm

    Very good tip, thank you vey much.

  171. traz permalink
    May 4, 2010 3:58 pm

    thanks. this makes life so much easier. have been trying to do this for years it seems!

  172. carla permalink
    May 5, 2010 9:41 pm

    This is great! I’ve downloaded all sorts of programs that crash and require so much config, to no avail. Finally! Thanks! :D

    • vundarosa permalink
      May 10, 2010 7:20 am

      Nooo! Hours of surfing through web pages but still can’t get it to work. I am set to Yahoo Asia sucessfully. I do get the POP & Forwarding option. I make the changes and I save. Outlook Express 6 or Microsoft Outlook SP3 don’t download anything. In fact they do not even manage to log into yahoo! I cannot send, I cannot recieve.

      I tried the forwarding option to my other non-Yahoo account and I do get a message from Yahoo with a confirmation code. Following the instruction and entering the confirmation code I still cannot recieve any mail from the Yahoo account.

      Tried with and without SSL checked, changed port numbers to 995 and 465 or left the 25 & 110 defaults ports, tried with “my server requires autentication” checked and unchecked, different combinations and nothing!


      Outlook Express

      The connection to the server has failed. Account: ‘Yahoo!’, Server: ‘’, Protocol: POP3, Port: 110, Secure(SSL): No, Socket Error: 10060, Error Number: 0x800CCC0E

      Microsoft Outlook

      Task ‘Yahoo – Recieving’ reported error (0×80042108):’Outlook is unable to connect to your incoming (POP3)e-mail server. If you continue to receive this message, contact your server administrator or Internet service provider (ISP).’

      What ELSE to do?!

  173. May 11, 2010 8:32 am

    Works excellently well. Thanks for a great hack. ;-)

  174. Kyuga permalink
    May 12, 2010 4:27 am

    i know what the problem when i create a new email pop and forwarding and disable or missing
    but when i use my old email its has a pop setting and its work fine! i think the problem is it wont work on new email address!

    • May 18, 2010 1:20 am

      It worked.excellent post. I had to change it to Asia in Yahoo. So many days of trying to get it working but with no luck. This really worked.

      Thanks so much and your help is very much appreciated.


  175. Jen permalink
    May 21, 2010 1:38 pm

    Is there anyway I can copy my folders from a free yahoo account to an att yahoo account. I changed to asia for the free account and was able to forward my mail to the att one but now I need to get all my folders and info. Thanks for your help.

  176. Chris permalink
    May 23, 2010 12:18 am

    I was able to connect with Thunderbird and get the mail in my inbox, but I can’t seem to get the mail in my other folders. Those are the ones I really want. Any advice?

    • Dragos permalink*
      May 23, 2010 12:38 am

      You could remove the folders from yahoo and create a filter in Thunderbird to sort everything.

  177. Big Al permalink
    May 23, 2010 3:40 am

    Fucking AWESOME!!!

    I’m just afraid Yahoo! will catch on eventually and cut off free POP & Forwarding abilities to Yahoo! Asia users because of people like us using this hack. How many mails might we all lose before we catch onto the fact that they’ve done that?

    In the meantime though, order me a few extra egg rolls ’cause as far as Yahoo! is concerned, I’m e-mailing from somewhere in the vastness of Asia.

  178. Big Al permalink
    May 23, 2010 6:01 pm

    Tried this last night with an existing Yahoo account and IT WORKED. Tried it today with a new account that I just created and IT DIDN’T WORK.

    CONCLUSION: If you create a new Yahoo account and try to switch it to Yahoo Asia to get POP and forwarding abilities, you’re out of luck. But if you have an existing Yahoo account then you are “grandfathered” in. I’m not sure how long you have to have owned it–in other words, I don’t know when the cutoff date was for their no-POP-policy but the account I used successfully has been around since 1996.

    Anyway, for those having problems here are the easy steps:

    1) Make sure you’re not trying to create a fresh Yahoo! account and attempt this hack, it won’t work (see above).

    2) Sign In (you should be at your main mail page; if not, point your browser to

    3) Click on OPTIONS in the upper right hand corner, then choose MAIL CLASSIC in the dropdown box.

    4) You get a pop-up box to confirm that you want to switch to Yahoo Mail Classic. Click yes.

    5) Again, click on OPTIONS in the upper right hand corner, then choose MAIL OPTIONS in the dropdown box.

    6) You’ll be brought to a new screen. On the left hand side click on ACCOUNT INFORMATION.

    7) Now you’re brought to a screen asking for your password. Enter it.

    8) You’re now in your Account Info screen. Close to the bottom of the screen you will see “Account Settings” Underneath that you want to click on the option for “SET LANGUAGE, SITE AND TIME ZONE”

    9) Once again you are brought to a new screen. Next to where it says “Regional Site and Language” is a dropdown box. Find and select “YAHOO! ASIA”. As long as you’re here you may also want to make sure that your time zone is correct.

    10) Click Save

    11) Go back to the main Yahoo mail screen (easiest way to do this is to point your browser to

    12) Click on OPTIONS in the upper right hand corner, then choose MAIL OPTIONS in the dropdown box.

    13) You’ll be brought to the same screen you were in step 6 but now on the left hand side you will see an option for “POP & FORWARDING”

    That’s pretty much it. Go ahead and set up your POP.

    • June 4, 2010 8:18 am

      Thanks, man! :)

    • mattm permalink
      August 22, 2010 9:22 pm


    • pKoba permalink
      September 16, 2010 8:01 am

      Dude! It worked like a charm! Thank you very much!

  179. May 24, 2010 12:48 pm

    Great job! Worked like a charm. Downloading messages now. Yahoo has been going south for about 4 years, but particularly in the last 2. I am so over it. The way it was in 97-2002 or so was perfect. THe only thing I can see they have done right is saving drafts automagically as you type them. Otherwise they have gotten so slow and bulky and they are trying to shove social networking down my throat. The calender and contacts lists are getting worse, not better. If I wanted gamil I would have been on gmail. I liked my yahoo email the way it was. There was no need to change it. I would have gladly paid for it. Instead, they are trying to compete with other free services.

  180. Jen permalink
    May 24, 2010 2:04 pm

    I’m still trying to find a way to transfer messages from 1 ‘free’ yahoo acct to an ATT yahoo account. I got Asia thing working but now I still need my folders transferred. This service used to be offered for free by TrueSwitch but that doesn’t work anymore.

  181. May 24, 2010 6:11 pm

    Thank you SOO much! You don’t understand how much I appreciate this!! :D

  182. pajopatak permalink
    May 25, 2010 2:38 am

    Wow, that’s a post I’ve been looking for in past few months, and finally I found it:)
    Thanks man, very easy to make it and works perfect!

  183. INXS permalink
    May 28, 2010 4:07 pm

    simply wonderful dragos amigo…it worked!!!!!!! thnx man ….a lot…

  184. INXS permalink
    May 28, 2010 4:29 pm

    dragos when i retrieve mails in outlook express 6 it starts downloading all old mails too(more than 1000) which is a hectic job consuming a lot of time.can i avoid this and just download the new mails that would arrive in my mailbox?is there any option in outlook express? thnx in adv.

  185. May 28, 2010 5:13 pm

    Good Job Big Al and every other people, it works.
    it´s working for me now
    Best regards

  186. Ken permalink
    May 28, 2010 7:14 pm

    It works great. But my second question is, what if I change back to Yahoo US. Is anything stop working again?



  187. helpin permalink
    May 31, 2010 9:05 pm

    I am trying to set the pop access for my yahoo mail’s ‘ymail’ extesion mail Id.There is no account information section under accounts as mentioned here . And the right side of accounts section too covered by a flash ad by yahoo .I can’t view the full page there.
    So I can’t set “asia” as prefered content.
    Please help me.

  188. June 1, 2010 4:34 am

    It does not wants to work.

    I tried everything pointed out here (log in and log out).

    The POP forwarding just does not appears…
    If I use the direct link I get something like the service is not for sale :

    Any more ideas to try out ?

  189. June 5, 2010 12:40 am

    Thank you!!!!

  190. June 18, 2010 8:30 am

    Thanks a tonnnnnnn friend…. It really works.. :)

  191. June 18, 2010 8:32 am

    Thanks a tonnnnnnn friend…. It really works.. :)

  192. jason cardiff permalink
    June 18, 2010 8:36 pm

    just added. now yahoo works in gmail !!
    thank you.

  193. Vinay permalink
    July 5, 2010 9:03 am

    dear friends plz visit above link, here it is shown that pop and forwarding facility now falls under premium service of yahooPlus !!!!

    so those who are getting tiered of trying again and again these tricks please make a look @

    and if anybuddy still says the he/she still can do it then pls help me alsooo……

    Thanks to all. :-)

  194. Temitope permalink
    July 6, 2010 10:07 am

    Hey! How I wish i could give ya a kiss… not a virtual one. WORKS LIKE CHARM.

  195. oscar permalink
    July 9, 2010 9:33 am

    Unfortunately I found no answer on the lack of pop and forwarding option from Yahoo Asia. In two of the accounts appear in the third missing

  196. July 15, 2010 12:53 pm

    still works like a charm, many thanks!

  197. July 17, 2010 4:23 pm

    Thnx mate, it went thru ;) :D

  198. leonix permalink
    July 19, 2010 10:39 pm

    at last, yahoo asia enabled this feature, thanks for this guide sir, it work for me…

  199. Johnny Deatheater permalink
    July 27, 2010 7:11 pm

    Worked like a charm! Thanks, good sir! :-)

  200. cherrys permalink
    August 10, 2010 1:17 am

    i heart you for this! i have tried all steps.. Installed YPops- it didn’t work.. changed my country- this didn’t too:( until i found this! you’re a life saver!:)

  201. pros87 permalink
    August 11, 2010 5:36 am

    Update: A commenter suggested that, if you cannot find the POP & Forwarding option you should try this direct link: . If it does not work, then replace the part after the “done=” with the server address from the url you see when you go to the Options screen from your own Yahoo Mail account.

    Now you can read your mail from any POP client; I use Gmail Fetcher to read mail in Gmail and it has all the settings I need already in it.

    Thanks a lot!

  202. darren smith permalink
    August 15, 2010 12:41 pm

    Tried it today. Works perfectly. I just so happen to be IN ASIA, so I bet there’s checking now that if you’re not in asia, no POP.

    • pros87 permalink
      August 16, 2010 2:17 pm

      POP works, in Europe too.
      You have to select yahoo Asia, though.

  203. August 20, 2010 1:26 pm

    thanks, you’re saving me thousands of unnecessary clicks

  204. John permalink
    August 25, 2010 8:30 am

    That was not easy but finally it worked fine for me!!! You need to change the language and regional settings to China, that you see that a new option is appearing in account settings. I did all the changes intuitively and I could change my content preferences to Asia! Thanks to the author for the great tutorial!

  205. Pppc permalink
    August 27, 2010 3:41 am

    Thank you. It also worked very well for me.

  206. August 31, 2010 6:05 am

    Thanks to you all! All your suggestions were all helpful!
    The problem is with only new ID’s, I opened mine about a year ago and I have that problem of pop & forwarding disappearing after changing to yahoo asia. But my older (over 5years) account has been working with pop fine. Pls do let us know if anyone finally discover a solution to new account not working with pop and forwarding.

  207. Nawir permalink
    September 3, 2010 1:57 am

    Hi,the option add or edit account doesn’t appear on my yahoo
    does anyone know why?

  208. Jiggity Josh permalink
    September 9, 2010 3:42 pm

    Back in the day when Yahoo was still being miserly with their account sizes (even reducing the size of new accounts from 6 megs down to 4 megs) I found myself in constant need of more space. So I kept creating new Yahoo accounts. Finally Gmail came out and forced Yahoo and Hotmail to quit playing games (at least with account sizes).

    So last year I finally took the time to transfer all my archived emails over from Yahoo to Outlook. But for some reason I got lazy and didn’t transfer the emails from the last account.

    Today I converted this last account to Yahoo Asia and the POP / Forwarding options still didn’t show up. I tried all the other methods like cutting-and-pasting URLs from the older Yahoo Asia accounts that had the POP/Forwarding option. But still no luck. I tried changing to Yahoo UK/Ireland, and that didn’t work.

    And then, as a last-ditch effort before resorting to YPOPS! I logged back out and switched back to Sendai, Japan (including the correct Japan time zone) and all of a sudden the POP / Forwarding worked! Totally weird, but I am extremely thankful it finally worked.

    All I can say is that Yahoo’s settings options are such a tangled buggy piecemeal mess that if you mess around enough it should eventually work. All I can say is keep messing around and eventually you will make it. I did!!!

  209. best guy permalink
    September 12, 2010 6:13 pm

    worked for me 2nite

  210. September 15, 2010 11:01 pm

    Wow, this still works =) Thank you so much for the tips.

  211. nathalie permalink
    September 20, 2010 7:17 am

    Thank you very much! I’ve been trying for hours and hours, using the webmail extension and the ypops, but this finally works!

    (september 2010!)

  212. Andy permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:25 am

    Works like a charm getting mail into my mac mail but cannot send? Any thoughts?

  213. shuja permalink
    September 22, 2010 1:00 pm

    In my yahoo mail there is pop and forwarding option on the left hand side, but on the right side it says

    Upgrade to Mail Plus so you can:
    download your Yahoo! Mail in an email client, such as Outlook
    forward your Yahoo! Mail to a different address

    Iam still not able to get this right , I used 3 to 4 yahoo mail ids , all have the same problem


    • klaus76ro permalink
      October 27, 2010 5:03 am

      it worked for me like this:
      1. get to Y! classic
      2. go to Y! options
      3. skip the “pop & forward”
      4. go to the last (most down) option in there
      5. find and replace the content and time zone (I set content to Yahoo Asia and time zone to my time zone).
      6. it’s done; sign out, sign in, now you can go to Option and enable POP.

  214. Muhmmad Faheem Amjad permalink
    September 24, 2010 11:51 am

    Thanks a lot dear,
    I m very very thankful to u.

  215. Miguelina permalink
    October 2, 2010 9:26 am

    Thanks! It is finally working! I just have a question. I have been checking and I found out the there are almost 20 messages that appear, at least, three times each. Why is that? Is there a way to delete these duplicated messages automatically?

  216. Zac permalink
    October 3, 2010 7:57 pm

    Thank you so much for the help. It works great now. I really appreciate the helpful advice!

  217. October 6, 2010 11:25 am

    Just confirming that this works great, with the new (as opposed to Classic) Mail interface.

    If your logged into yahoo, and have followed the original instructions above, you can go to this page to see how to configure your mail client:

    This page for some reason isn’t currently linked correctly from the new Mail interface. (The little purple question mark box didnt open anything useful for me).

    • Gelo permalink
      October 15, 2010 1:03 am

      @ James Wilson: Thank you so much for the link because now I can send and receive mails on windows live mail.

  218. October 7, 2010 9:42 pm

    I have a address and it did not work for me at all..

    • October 7, 2010 9:46 pm

      I did everything you said to do and still nothing.. it is just me or is rocketmail a premium only yahoo pop

  219. Rudy permalink
    October 12, 2010 8:07 am

    Horrayy, this information is very helpfull ..
    Yahoo only provide how to set the setting in email client, and it’s seem they forgot to provide info how to display/enable the POP menu, or they place it in another help section …
    Thank you :D

  220. Shael permalink
    October 13, 2010 12:30 am

    YOU LEGEND!!!!! I’ve been trying for the last 2 hours with no sucess, untill I finally found your answer…. Thanks!!

  221. Nag permalink
    October 23, 2010 10:33 pm

    WOW!! this is very helpful. It works!!

  222. your admirer permalink
    October 28, 2010 9:35 pm

    thank you very very very very much!!!!

  223. ANNA permalink
    October 31, 2010 10:37 am

    Thanks a lots! finally i get it. :)

  224. Ana permalink
    November 1, 2010 2:26 pm

    Multumesc si eu si traiasca romanii! Ce s-ar face lumea asta fara noi….

  225. nahnhnahk permalink
    November 14, 2010 11:50 pm

    Thanks! it works for me. Awesome instruction.

  226. mickspace permalink
    November 15, 2010 5:31 pm

    Below is what I have been looking for all day

    Incoming Mail Server (POP3):
    Use SSL, port: 995

    Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP):
    Use SSL, port: 465, use authentication

    Account Name/Username:
    Email address:
    Password: Your Yahoo! Mail password

  227. Ilie permalink
    November 19, 2010 4:39 pm

    Salutare Dragos!
    M-am tot chinuit de vreo cateva zile sa configurez o adresa de e-mail sa ruleze prin Outlook.
    Dupa ce am urmat pasii mentionati de tine, imi rezulta urmatoarele:

    Disposable Email Addresses
    Vacation Response
    Account Information

    Deci nu am optiunea de pop & forewarding.

    Am sters spam-urile, folderele extra, am golit toate mesajele.
    Mentionez ca este un cont creat acum vreo 4 luni.
    Pe un cont de-al meu mai vechi a mers.
    Dar pe mine ma intereseaza pe contul mai nou sa folosesc acest sistem cu outlook.
    Merci anticipat pt. raspuns.

    Ilie, Sb

    • Dragos permalink*
      November 20, 2010 2:18 pm

      Din pacate nu stiu ce sfat sa iti dau. :(

      • Ilie permalink
        November 20, 2010 2:22 pm

        Ok! O sa mai “sap”. Merci pentru raspuns. Toate bune si spor la treaba!

  228. Rick permalink
    November 21, 2010 9:27 am

    They’ve changed the name of the setting “Preferred Content” to “Set language, site, and time zone”. If you cannot find “Preferred Content”, look for “Set language, site, and time zone”. You should update the original article.

    Someone else posted a direct link above, and that works too:…&.scrumb=dcWFucvsDjQ

    Anyway, thank you so much!

  229. Ina permalink
    November 30, 2010 7:20 am

    When I went to “accounts” I could not find “Account Information”… When i looked for the word “account”, it said 13 matched but only 5 were visible. COuld it be that Yahoo is hiding the links to prevent us from doing this?? Why cant i just click account information? Its nowhere in my screen

  230. Oren permalink
    December 1, 2010 1:57 am

    If you have trouble finding the “preferred content” option , follow the link :

  231. BDL permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:07 am

    The best to do is STOP USING YAHOO all together. Use Windows Live asnd other FREE Email services. If enough people do this it will force YAHOO to service the common people without charges. There are lotds of E-mail services that work and do not cost the individual anything.

  232. abegail permalink
    December 11, 2010 2:44 pm

    hi.thank you for tihe information.i was able to set my account for pop but when i tried it for my other yahoo account,pop and forwarding link is not there any more?wonder why…i was able to do it with my other account but now the link is not there. thank you for your help.

  233. Andei permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:59 am

    nu merge, am incercat o gramada, am schimbat pe asia si nu aparea pop in obtiuni, am incercat si cu linku respectiv si imi da
    We Apologize
    The service you are requesting is not currently for sale.
    We apologize for the inconvenience.
    contul de mai e destu de vechi, are pe putin 6 ani, alte idei?

  234. December 19, 2010 2:08 pm

    Hack used successfully on Yahoo mail & Ymail accounts; but it is unsucessfull on rocketmail.Can Any body help with rocketmail

  235. January 2, 2011 8:33 pm

    Thanks for such a great tip.

  236. Pawel permalink
    January 3, 2011 6:47 am

    I’ve been trying to change these settings, but after clicking ‘Accounts’ there is no option called ‘Add or edit your account’.
    Any solutions?

    • Skyblue permalink
      February 27, 2011 5:48 pm

      a mi me fue genial ya tengo yahoo en outlook 2007

  237. Rachel permalink
    January 13, 2011 1:06 pm

    I researched alot of information to finally find something so simple and yet actually works like a charm.

    Thank you very much!

  238. umim permalink
    January 15, 2011 12:26 pm

    I do not have any idea where on what to click. In WHAT application? In Outlook? In Thunderbird? In Windows Live Mail?
    Thanx for any help in advance.

  239. alex permalink
    January 16, 2011 2:45 am

    works fine! tnx!

  240. January 19, 2011 2:47 pm

    So funny. It still works. Cheers, Dragos!

  241. HerQuleSS permalink
    January 21, 2011 2:56 am

    Hi Man,

    It’s Really Work , Great Tip you have Given Here


  242. Hani permalink
    January 22, 2011 6:21 am

    Thanks a lot dude i got what i wanted.Its great and works great.

  243. January 23, 2011 3:55 pm

    Works perfect!!! thanks

  244. JDs permalink
    January 26, 2011 8:55 am


    Thanks for the infos…it works!….keep cool…

  245. David permalink
    February 5, 2011 4:15 am

    I beg to differ, this still works. I was able to enable Asia as my area of content, in 1 tab, in in the other was able to visit mail options and had pop contained within it. then proceeded to change content area back to US, with POP enabled, and it remained enabled. But then again I’ve had my yahoo account since 6th grade … and am now 25 so a great number of years, so I am still under the original TOS, as it said when switching to Asia content, that it simply had same terms, just a little more was added to it. So if you can recover of obtain a VERY old account you most likely will be able to do this.

  246. matthew permalink
    February 27, 2011 10:49 am

    worked like a charm for me on 2-27-11….
    changed to Asia where timezone setting is under profile..
    go back to mail and allow to be pop ed….
    the outlook test …success..

  247. Dirk permalink
    March 9, 2011 6:04 pm

    When I change the location to asia from the original US location and go back to options to enable the pop settings…it’s no longer there. So I tried changing the location to Philippines and lo and behold…I was able to enable the pop settings! This is awesome!! To the other guys who’s having the same problem, try putting Philippines as the location. It worked for me!

    • March 9, 2011 8:56 pm

      I can confirm the “Philippine workaround” works for both POP3 access and forwarding.

      • March 11, 2011 11:36 pm

        I can also confirm that the Yahoo! Philippines workaround worked after the Yahoo! Asia attempt did not.

      • Alfredo permalink
        April 5, 2011 9:07 am

        Yes, I also confirm that it works with Philippines

  248. jackshrack permalink
    March 20, 2011 7:05 am

    Thanks a lot…

  249. March 24, 2011 12:37 am

    awesome..I’ve been looking for this in years. Thanks a lot.

  250. April 4, 2011 7:03 am

    Nice post. Really helped. You worked the trick.

  251. Kanukanti permalink
    April 18, 2011 1:11 pm

    Thank u very much sir, Your guidence is excelent, it worked properly. I have been strugling with this problem since long period, I have tyred of trying every suggetion got in google search. Configuring Yahoo India account to Outlook Express is perfectly worked out.

    with regards

  252. April 20, 2011 8:05 am

    Thanks so much !!!

  253. Mayor Adam West permalink
    April 22, 2011 4:57 pm

    I still don’t understand why Yahoo charges Americans for POP service…WTF

    I wish I could just shut down this e-mail addy but I have a bunch of crap tied to it. DAMMIT!

  254. himesh permalink
    April 25, 2011 8:58 am

    Thx man….
    precise instructions.
    Worked perfectly, have been waiting for this since so long

  255. April 29, 2011 9:06 pm

    I have had a free account for probably 10 years, and it was always a little annoying that you could not use POP.

    But here is what’s interesting… I went looking for the content setting and could not find it. But I did find the POP settings and enabled it and now I have POP access to my free email account! I did NOT have to change the content to Asia!

    I know about 2 or 3 years ago I wanted to set it up with Thunderbird, but you had to upgrade to Premium account to get POP access, but now it seems my free account includes free pop access!

    Go figure!?!

  256. Lys permalink
    May 1, 2011 6:48 pm

    Having a bit of trouble if I could please get some help.. I followed the instructions and was “able” to add a forwarding address to Gmail. I got the Gmail conformation and it says that it is “forwarded” to Gmail. Even though it shows that it is supposed to be, my mail still goes to Yahoo and is not physically doing it. I even tried doing it again and it said “Mail already forwarded to this address.” Is there something that I am missing, why it is saying that it is already forwarded to my gmail, yet not actually doing it?

  257. Lucy permalink
    May 2, 2011 5:42 pm

    Still works as of 05-02-2011.

    A few changes:
    To change to Yahoo! Asia, you have to do the following:

    1. Options > Mail Options > ACCOUNT INFORMATION
    2. Scroll down to “Account Settings”
    3. Select “Set language, site, and time zone”
    5. Under “Regional Site and Language” change it to “Yahoo! Asia”

    Works perfectly.

  258. Muhammad Waseem permalink
    May 9, 2011 11:42 pm

    Thank you for such a brilliant idea.

    Yahoo has changed the structure. How I did it is as under:

    1) I switched the mail to yahoo classic.
    2) Click “options” then “mail options”.
    3) Click “account information”, a new browser tab opens & asks for password confirmation.
    4) Click “set language site and time zone” & choose YAHOO ASIA…………….

    Now you’ve done…..

    • May 10, 2011 12:47 am

      Unfortunately, this doesn’t work if your IP is in Hong Kong. This reinforces my contention that the workarounds are based on your IP.

  259. May 11, 2011 2:13 pm

    As usual, bad luck with mine. Yahoo!Asia is set, either the link above and modifed from my options give the following:
    We Apologize
    The service you are requesting is not currently for sale.
    We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Admin, sorry for posting this in the other topic instead.

  260. V V permalink
    May 13, 2011 5:11 pm

    worked for me today! Many thanks.

  261. gregwilliams33 permalink
    May 21, 2011 8:00 pm

    Thanks Buddy, I was trying to figure this out forever and it was giving me a headache! In one of my yahoo mail accounts I could POP email and yet in the other all I saw was the upgrade to yahoo plus.

  262. David permalink
    May 23, 2011 12:57 pm

    It didn’t work for me with either Yahoo Asia or Yahoo Philippines:

    “Server denied POP3 access for the given username and password.
    POP access is limited to Yahoo! Mail Plus subscribers. Please contact Yahoo! Mail’s support team for more information.”

    • David permalink
      May 23, 2011 1:03 pm

      Ooops, I tried it again and this time it did work, never mind…

  263. Mel permalink
    May 31, 2011 5:31 pm

    I got this to work using UK. I saw somewhere that it worked that way too. Thanks!

  264. Bokacuda permalink
    June 12, 2011 4:58 pm

    I have all figure it out. I have 2 yahoo mail, one is old and one is new, with my old yahoo mail i changed to yahoo Asia and enable pop3 and pop3 and forwarding was there, worked great. but with my new mail i changed it to Asia and there was no pop3 and forwarding option under mail option…..i tried a lot, but non worked, and then i changed it to uk, then logout and login again, walla there is pop3 and forwarding option!!!! then i enable pop3 and forwarding and then i changed back my UK to Aisa, and logout and login, and walla pop3 and forwarding is there and enabled!!!!!! and no other configuration needed for out look or windows live mail then the simple one, which is here for both outlook express and windows live mail, worked fine:

    Create a new mail account at windows live mail or outlook express (Both same setting)
    01@ General tab:
    name: as your name (any name could be use)
    Email address: as your full email address, example or

    02@ server tab:
    my incoming server is “POP3″ server
    incoming mail (POP3) : “” or “” (both work for incoming mail)
    outgoing mail (SMTP) : “” (only worked after changed back to Asia, for UK and Nz go to,

    @ email luser name: your username with or wothout (use what work for you, mine work without the
    password: your password
    and click remember my password if only you use this pc, if others user use this pc unchecked remember my password, but you will always have to enter your password when open or sending or receiving new mail, thats wast of some time…
    now for windows live, log on using clear text authentication
    @outgoing mail server enable “My server requires authentication ” and click setting ” use same setting as my incoming mail server” click OK

    @ Advanced tab server port numbers
    Outgoing mail (SMTP) 25 (for uk and ssl 465 or something but worked fine with asia @ 25)
    Un check this server requiers a secure connection (SSL)
    now @ incoming mail (POP3): 995 with SSL enable or 110 without SSL enable (Worked boath for incoming) i use SSL 995 cos it worked so SSL it is
    @ server timeout 1 minute
    @ sending break apart message ……… leave this as it orun check this
    @ delivery
    Click or enable “Leave a copy of a messages on server ”
    now uc check Remover from server after………and deler from “deleted items”
    Or your mail will be deleted to server after delet any mail @ live or outlook express mail.

    Thats it and you can use yahoo F***ing mail free pop3…….
    If this help you or have any Q? or comment please mail me
    bokacuda @


  265. 4kir permalink
    June 15, 2011 5:05 am

    steal works

    Don’t know how to change “language site and time zone” ?

    this link will help you:

    Thx for this =)

  266. June 16, 2011 11:36 pm

    Comment is more than the post. Gud job man. I followed the instruction. It woks!

  267. I am permalink
    June 22, 2011 3:41 pm

    You Are A God

  268. Tui permalink
    July 2, 2011 4:43 am

    It working great in TH.Many Thank Dragos.I find this solution for 5 years.I use 3 accounts work all of them.If you got message “we apologize …. ” I think you should focus on step add or edit account again after repeat it.because 1st time I got that message the same as somebody.

  269. Geo permalink
    July 7, 2011 8:11 pm

    Multumiri Dragos…genial!

  270. Touchasezth permalink
    July 10, 2011 5:32 am

    Good Working in Thailand.Many Thank Dragos.All my Accounts work.Focus to Trick at Add or Edit Account if your account aren’t work.

  271. Sam permalink
    July 14, 2011 10:45 am

    It doesn’t give me an option to change it to asia in my settings. Is this new?

  272. Chris permalink
    July 23, 2011 4:14 pm

    The Philipines gave me the option and I have allowed it. I just can’t get the pop settings for Outlook 2002 to work to generate a test. Thanks for your time.

    • Chris permalink
      July 23, 2011 4:36 pm

      Dragos, sorry to have wasted your time. Even though outlook would not generate a test message, I inadvertanly saved the account settings and was able to send and recieve emails through outlook with my yahoo account. Thanks so much.

  273. saravanan permalink
    July 29, 2011 12:57 am

    Hi there,
    I am also trying to use pop3 on gmail to read yahoo mails in gmail.. i followed the steps show here to do it freely.. But i am not able to see the “Add or edit account” option at all!!
    can anyone help me!!

  274. Michael permalink
    July 29, 2011 12:26 pm

    Yahoo Germany offers free Pop forwarding, I just changed my location to Germany and it works fine.

  275. August 7, 2011 7:10 am

    It showed ‘Pop’ option even when my locale was set to ‘Yahoo India’.

  276. ADTC permalink
    August 18, 2011 2:01 am

    I have set it to Yahoo US and it works for me. I have POP section in my Yahoo Mail Options, and I can access POP from (SSL). Can’t remember what I did to my account in the past but it works great with Gmail. (I used to use the Plus server (, but yesterday it stopped working, complaining that I need to be a Plus subscriber.)

  277. Tejas Sura permalink
    August 22, 2011 3:10 am

    This is fabulous. Works perfectly by changing to Yahoo! Asia. Thanks a ton…

  278. Pratyush permalink
    August 24, 2011 7:25 pm

    Thanks it worked for me. I did as you said and changed it to Yahoo Asia.

  279. Jacob permalink
    September 14, 2011 4:10 pm

    You now have to click the “Hi, ” then “Account Info” then Yahoo Asia

  280. luis permalink
    September 16, 2011 11:16 am

    I after Options and Mail Options i’l have only ACCOUNT anda can’t see “Account Settings” can you help me

    My email is


    • luis permalink
      September 16, 2011 12:16 pm

      Problem solved and it work’s.


  281. billy permalink
    September 30, 2011 12:49 am

    I can confirm that the Phillipines work-around still works (for now), I just successfully changed the POP settings in my account as described.

  282. October 4, 2011 1:39 pm

    Thank you very much! it worked today too!

  283. Sara permalink
    October 30, 2011 1:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this! Yahoo is ridiculous for trying to require a subscription for *not* using their stupid interface (and avoiding constant Yahoo–Comcast failures).

    This still works as of 30-Oct-11, but I did it a little differently:
    I had to do the Yahoo! Asia switch in Yahoo! Classic
    1) To go back, disable JavaScript in Firefox–>Options–>Content. Go to and say return to Yahoo! Classic (you can reenable JavaScript now)
    2) Drop down menu by username –> Account Information
    3) Account Settings–>Set language, site, time zone
    4) Yahoo! Asia
    5) I also switched the time zone to Japan. I don’t know if this is necessary.

    6) Log out & log back in

    I had to do the forwarding switch in the new version of Yahoo
    7) Re-upgrade
    8) Options–>Mail Options–>Forwarding
    9) The “Forward Yahoo! Mail to another email address” bullet did not work for me, but the “Access Yahoo! Mail via POP” did.

    10) For GMail: Settings–>Accounts & Imports–>”Check mail using POP3″: “Add a POP3 mail account you own”.
    They make this so much easier. It will fetch all of your mail, old and new. You can go a similar thing with the “Import mail and contacts” item, though it takes longer to import and the 30-day forwarding is somewhat slow/doesn’t always work.

  284. sam peter permalink
    November 20, 2011 5:29 am

    im getting following error.

    Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 3:22 PM Error: Server is temporarily unavailable.
    Server returned error “Error in RETR command: problem retrieving message.”

  285. December 24, 2011 10:33 am

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  286. ee ee permalink
    January 8, 2012 11:11 pm

    Under “Set language and time zone” I don’t see any way to change the Yahoo variant. There’s only “Language Preferences” and “Time Zone”.

    Any idea?

  287. Luys permalink
    January 24, 2012 8:29 pm

    today is Jan 2012, and I think this trick is not working any more, in the config page
    “Account Settings–>Set language, site, time zone” there is no way to change to Yahoo! Asia.
    It’s just a time zone and language

  288. ADTC permalink
    February 19, 2012 2:19 pm


    • Dragos permalink*
      February 19, 2012 2:21 pm

      Sorry about this. I did not approve lots of comments for a long time and I had the change of doing it today.


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