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The New Yahoo Mail Is Actually Rather Good

Dave Parrack 28-06-2017

Yahoo Mail has been given a major makeover. It’s now cleaner, faster, and more able to compete with the likes of Gmail and Outlook. There’s also a new Yahoo Mail Pro option for people who are so deeply ensconced in the Yahoo ecosystem they’re willing to pay to be a part of it. The mugs.


In recent years Yahoo has become known for a) its long-planned sell-off to Verizon, and b) a spate of data breaches which affected over 1 billion people Yahoo Reveals Yet Another Giant Security Breach Another day, another Yahoo hack. This one dating back all the way to 2013. This particular security breach resulted in the user data of 1 billion Yahoo accounts being stolen. Read More . And yet Yahoo has now emerged from the gloom, with new owners and a very big point to prove. And it’s starting with Yahoo Mail.

Yahoo Mail Gets a Modern Makeover

Yahoo Mail now has a new look and feel. The user interface has been rebuilt from the ground up, and the result is a much more user-friendly, modern-looking desktop app. The old Yahoo Mail looks like it belongs to a bygone time, while the new Yahoo Mail looks fresh and very 2017.

The changes aren’t just skin deep either. Yahoo Mail now offers more customization options, with different layouts and color schemes to suit all tastes. Other small improvements include an emoji set from Twitter, stationery, and a GIF library. All of which make Yahoo Mail better.

Yahoo Mail now offers a Photos and Videos view which displays all of the attachments you have ever sent and received. You can even preview these attachments in a side-by-side view. The search options have also been improved, making it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Finally, there’s Yahoo Mail Pro, which is replacing the Ad Free Mail product. Subscribing to Yahoo Mail Pro removes the ads and gains you priority customer support. For that you’ll pay $35/year or $3.50/month, or, for the mobile-only version, $10/year or $1/month.


You can opt-in to the new Yahoo Mail right now. And if you don’t like it you can switch straight back again. But really, why would you?!

Yahoo May Not Be Dead After All

Let’s face it, Yahoo (or its new parent company Oath) is going to struggle to attract new people to Yahoo Mail. The brand has clearly been damaged by years of neglect It's Time to Leave Yahoo: How to Quit and Move to Gmail Right Now Yahoo has announced another security breach. After many breaches and giving your info to the government, it's time to leave Yahoo for good. Read More and bad PR. However, the new Yahoo Mail is really very good. Surprisingly. So maybe not all is lost after all.

Do you use Yahoo Mail? Do you use it as your main email provider or as a backup? What made you choose Yahoo Mail over Gmail, Outlook, et al? What do you think of the Yahoo Mail makeover? Will you be paying for Yahoo Mail Pro? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Pero Zdero
    June 27, 2019 at 3:30 am

    I have been Yahoo Mail for over twenty years and it has been my only e-mail. I stayed, even when everybody I know left to Gmail. They still make fun of me for having Yahoo Mail. I stayed because it was simple layout, black on white, easy to read and navigate. Now, all of that advantage is gone. The color scheme is unpleasant and distracting to read on. It is all very cluttered and off-putting.

    The worst offense is that there is obviously (just check forums) many people who dislike it tremendously and Yahoo does not seem to care to admit the mistake and bring back the option of simple previous Yahoo Mail Classic. Not this thing they pushed now. How hard can it be to have it as an option? If you can make many useless emojis as options, why not actual productive screen layout as an option. New people may be attracted to your new scheme, but hire a couple of mature programmers to tell you how to make sure you do not run a 100 000 of us away.

    Hint: Anybody on Yahoo Mail is not a teenager anymore. Those people's eyesight is not perfect anymore. What you are giving them now is not what they can happily use without a strain.

    Just make old Yahoo Mail Classic an option. Nothing more than that. Do it before we all migrate to where everyone already is. I, for one, is looking at options as of now.

  2. David Bacchiochi
    June 21, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    The new email stinks, slow, clunky,hard to read, search engine wont search internet
    after 15 years i gotta leave, brring back classic email!

  3. Paul Goetz
    January 25, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    I just stopped yahoo mail pro, because I’m not paying $34.99 for ad free mail when I was paying $19.99 a year.

  4. Mr Andre
    December 1, 2017 at 12:24 am

    I went back to Classic Yahoo. Had a problem with Ad Block and it kept dropping my first e-mail. So the solution was to block then unblock Yahoo. Didn't work all the time. The forum showed that many, many people had the same problem and complained to Yahoo. They never fixed it. So now I'm skeptical about the Mail Pro. Yahoo is going to move me to. If it becomes a problem, I may drop Yahoo all together. Bothers me because I've had Yahoo mail forever.

  5. Mary Elizabeth E Blaney
    July 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    It is my mail, but not for long. I was on Outlook and you just took it over. Gmail is where all of my friends and family have gone. Why did I stay? Don't like changes or interrupted service.
    Buy yahoo has gotten so bad, I am going with everyone else to gmail.

  6. Bruce Trafford
    July 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I have had to go back to the Classic Yahoo as the new system does not send large files (8mb)
    tried for several hours to send the files, decided to go back to the old system and Bingo it worked it is a waste of time spending development time to make the system slick if the outcome is loss of function

  7. Jack McCarthy
    July 15, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I'd be interested in a more robust scam screen. The volume of unwanted mail has increased significantly over the past 90 days, and the scam filter seems to be overwhelmed.

  8. Io
    July 4, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    10-year ago, my yahoo account got hacked and credit card info stolen - left a bad taste in my mouth. Started using yahoo mail again recently because of the disposable addresses! Love that feature. Dunno why my email is suddenly Mail Pro though?It is beautiful. Wondering if they will one day say, hey hope you enjoyed mail pro if you want to continue to use it pay up. lol. Yahoo mail app is very good, too.

  9. Bill de Haan
    July 3, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I used to use Yahoo as my web mail provider back in the early 2000s. The company I worked for blocked IMAP and POP3, so it was either Yahoo or Hotmail.

    Not only was Yahoo being pounded by breach after breach after breach, but other webmail vendors stepped up. Not only GMail and the improved Outlook, but players like Zoho and, for the security conscious, ProtonMail, MailFence, Tuta Nota and the like are also available.

    But the death knell for me was 2014, when I attempted to log in, and it told me that my password had expired. Despite the fact that I had registered two other password recovery email accounts, it wouldn't send to either of them. And despite the fact that I'd registered my cell phone, it wouldn't use that either.

    Attempts to reset my password failed with a cryptic "An error occurred. Please contact Yahoo support" message. The contact link bounced me to a phone number, which had a recorded message that pointed me to the password recovery online system I was already at. I went to the Yahoo forums, and posted the details, only to have numerous people tell me to use the password recovery page, the one that was telling me to contact Yahoo support.

    Fortunately, it turned out I had a portable browser session where there was a cookie that was still logged in, so I still had access to the account. I couldn't log in, and I couldn't change the password. And the cookie would expire in two weeks. So, I deleted all my email, my notebook, my contacts list, and all data in the account.

    I still get reminder "we've missed you" emails from Yahoo from time to time, at my password recovery email that was registered to the account, but I just ignore them.

    I used to know about 40 people that used Yahoo as their email. Now I know exactly one, and he only keeps it because he's been using it for 15+ years, and it's the one everyone knows.

  10. sonic jensen
    July 2, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Been using Yahoo since my first email. Is supports email from Hotmail/Outlook and Gmail, so I only need to check Yahoo. I have to use adblock´s "hide object" function thou. Since it annoys me to have a big bar between most on my mail

  11. will hicks
    July 1, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Now if they would upgrade the front page to a more professional and dignified environment they might be making some progress. Current story content and ads make it no better than a grocery store tabloid. Regardless of the mail feature, OATH ( what a name !) has some serious work to do to keep me coming back.

  12. will hicks
    July 1, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Now if they would clean up and make the front page more professional they might be getting somewhere. Current front page is no better than grocery store counter tabloid .

  13. dik
    July 1, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    yahoo mail works for me....i will keep using it just as it is...thanks...

  14. jansumi
    June 30, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I've used Yahoo forever. The very oldest 'true' classic version was really best and nothing has compared since, but I don't like any other email formats I've seen and based on what you've described here I may not even switch to the new version. I hate all those bells and whistles - I'm a very text oriented person. I'll at least wait til I hear all the inevitable glitches have been ironed out.

    • dik
      July 1, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      thanks...i will stay with the old style too.....

  15. tom
    June 30, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Keep on keeping on Yahoo/Oath.
    I am 20 year client, and not moving. Its number 1 to me and the newer features are great.
    I'm trying to get bettet organized using g the folders but that is my problem.
    The new security text message password gives relief re security, but more no doubt will be needed against malware since you do my backup.
    Thanks more later,

  16. Mira
    June 29, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    I have always used Yahoo and love it, old and new. I also oppened Gmail account but Gmail always looked kind of borring to me, all white and all. Perhaps it has chaned in the mean time I do not know, but I stayed faitfull to Yahoo and I would not want it to “die”.

    June 29, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    in gmail we can see attachment with out preview,no need to download.pls make similar must be given competition.we all love yahoo. WISH YAHOO ALL THE VERY BEST. DEEPAK JOSHI MUMBAI INDIA.

  18. Thomas Elliott
    June 29, 2017 at 8:17 am

    All these updates and so called improvements are confusing and uneeded. The old classic Yahoo works fine. The real problem with yahoomail starts when you travel and have to use a local computer and the system doesn't accept your password. However this year travelling with a weighty tablet and seem to have solved that problem.

  19. TinyBlue
    June 29, 2017 at 7:35 am

    i really like Yahoo email new version it Kinda Looks like Gmail Design! Say GoodBye Old Version email Yahoo! :)

  20. glen
    June 28, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    just keeps me in the old yahoo, no change