Why can’t I import mail from Yahoo to Gmail despite having the correct password?

Brendan Stein March 25, 2013
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I recently moved to Gmail and I want to use the import function to get all of my mail and addresses transferred, but when I try I get this error message:

“Could not validate this combination of email address and password. If you are sure your password is correct, sign in to your other mail provider to confirm and complete any necessary captchas or image verification tests and then try the import again.”

Now I know the details are right as I can sign into the Yahoo account, so what is the problem and is it fixable?
I have been trying for a few days now.

  1. ha14
    March 26, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Yahoo! provides a free POP and SMTP server if you have a webmail account in a non-USA yahoo domain (for example de.yahoo.com). If you are in the USA and you want a Yahoo POP account your choices are:

    How to switch from Yahoo! mail to GMail?

    your Yahoo account offers POP access then try Mail fetcher

    perhaps you can use IMAP to download Yahoo account to Thunderbird. After that Once Thunderbrid has downloaded your Yahoo account you can also set up your GMail account in Thunderbird, then you can copy mail from Yahoo folders to your GMail folders

  2. SaapeXD MoHods
    March 26, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I get it now! You need to pay Yahoo to Forward their Mail to another Email. If you want to Forward your mail from Yahoo to Gmail, you would need Yahoo! Mail Plus which is $19.99 for an year.

    It was mentioned here: http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/mail/yahoomail/manage/manage-67.html

  3. SaapeXD MoHods
    March 26, 2013 at 1:51 am

    You can configure mail Forwarding in Yahoo itself.

    You can configure that probably in POP & Forwarding category

  4. Jaytel Provence
    March 25, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    The reason you can't import your contacts from Yahoo using Gmail is because you must upgrade to a premium member of Yahoo. Or you may be able to export your contacts from Yahoo into a file you download and then import that file into Gmail.