I've a free Yahoo! Mail account nearing 300 emails and I want to download the mail to my computer. I also have a backup of the emails in a Gmail account.

Is there something in Yahoo! Mail that will help me download all my email?

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Yahoo supports POP with a paid account (and as of December 2013, with standard accounts as well). Gmail supports POP and IMAP - set up a mail client like Thunderbird according to the instructions provided by the mail provider and that's about it.

Thunderbird should save by default. To be sure, go to Tools -> Account Settings -> Synchronization & storage, and ensure Keep messages for this account on the computer is ticked for that account enter image description here

  • can you please describe the steps for downloading the mail, coz last time i installed thunderbird and was also able to view the mail, but there was no option to save it to the disk !
    – Sourav
    Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 2:36
  • Edited answer, with instructions and screenshot Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 2:47
  • @Sourav: Drag and drop the messages -- to "Local folders", to Gmail, or even to your desktop.
    – user1686
    Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 11:42
  • I didn't know about the drag and drop bit - and .eml files seem to be plain text.. neat! Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 11:45
  • Thunderbird recognizes Yahoo! (as well as Gmailm etc.) and sets up the correct IMAP settings automatically. See also Import Yahoo! Mail and contacts to Gmail without Y! Mail Plus. Note also that you set more than one email account on Thunderbird and set up a filter to move or copy new incoming emails to another account.
    – Itamar
    Commented Oct 2, 2011 at 7:29

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