How to backup yahoo mail

By | 5 April, 2012

If we are using yahoomail as our webmail we can do following things to backup our mails –

First we need Zimbra that allows you to download all your yahoo emails locally. When the emails are on your computer in a local folder, you can back them up using the Zimbra plugin from Backup4all. Simply select the emails, drag, and drop them into a new folder on your desktop one by one, it goes real fast. You can burn that folder then to a disc or flash drive if you wish. You will not be able to transfer folders containing emails, but will have to drag and drop the actual emails. This is the simplest and quickest.

As you backup your yahoo emails on your local computer, you can configure Backup4all to automatically back them up. To do so:
1. Download the Zimbra desktop plugin for Backup4all from this download link

2. Install the plugin in Backup4all:

3. go to Tools->Plugins->Add

4.Go to File->New Backup

5.Type a name for your backup in the Backup name field.

6.Choose a location where you want to save the backup. Press Next. From the Selection of files and folders list, choose Zimbra desktop. Press Next. Choose how do you want to backup. Press Save and choose Save and run.

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OR use Thunderbird to backup yahoo emails for that set up YPOPs! It’s an application that provides POP3 and SMTP access to Yahoo! Mail. This application is more like a gateway. It provides a POP3 server interface at o­ne end to talk to email clients and an HTTP client (browser) interface at the other which allows it to talk to Yahoo! The same concept holds good for SMTP as well.

Steps needed to configure Thunderbird with YPOPS!:

1. Open Thunderbird and click “Tools”->”Account Settings”

2. Click on “Add Account”

3. Choose “Email Account” and click “Next”

4. Type name and email address in the associated fields and click “Next”

5. Choose POP and type “localhost” as the incoming server (without the quotes)

6. Depending on your preferences check or uncheck “Use Global Inbox”

7. Click “Next” – if your username is not already there by default, add it

8. Click “Next” – add details on how you want your “Account Name” to look in Thunderbird and click “Finish”

9. Scroll down to the bottom of the “Account Settings” pane and click on “Outgoing server (SMTP)” Click on “Advanced” and after that on “Add” Type as the outgoing mail server and leave the default port to 25 Check “Use name and password”.

This is Thunderbird’s way of enabling authentication

1. Type your Yahoo user name as

2. Click “No” not to “Use secure connection” and then “OK” twice

3. Click “OK” on the “Server Settings” tab

4. Do not check “Use secure connection (SSL)” or “Use secure authentication” and click on “Advanced”

5. Choose where you want your emails to go in the POP tab. Click on the SMTP tab and click on the drop down menu and select Continue modifying any of your preferences in the account and then click on OK.

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Perform a Send and Receive to get all your emails from your Yahoo account. The first time you try to access the account, Thunderbird will ask for the password. After that, you need to create a backup job using the Thunderbird plugin  It will backup email and settings both from Thunderbird.

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