Internet Productivity

Yahoo Has Mail Forwarding Again: How to Turn It Back On

Nancy Messieh 18-10-2016

In early October, Yahoo disabled mail forwarding for its users Yahoo Mail Stops You Forwarding Your Emails Yahoo Mail has "temporarily disabled" the ability for users to forward their emails onto a different address. Which is suspicious, given everything that's happened of late. Read More , claiming the move came as the company was working to improve the feature. A week later, Yahoo announced the feature had been re-enabled, and offered a little more insight into it was disabled in the first place.


In a post on its blog Yahoo explained:

Over the past year, Yahoo Mail has been upgrading its platform. This has allowed us to bring a better search experience to Yahoo Mail, add multiple account support, and improve performance as we quickly scale this new system globally. The feature was temporarily disabled as part of this process.

The post went on to discourage users from actually using the feature saying, “While mail forwarding is one way to access all your emails from any provider in one place, we recommend connecting your Yahoo inbox to your preferred email client or provider directly.”

Still, the latest news about Yahoo Mail may understandably have users shy about using the service at all. First, in September Yahoo announced that it had suffered a data breach Yahoo! We Lost Your Data! Two Years Ago... Web giant Yahoo has suffered an enormous data breach. The breach, which took place in 2014, resulted in the information of 500 million Yahoo users being offered for sale on the dark web. Read More in 2014 and was only just now telling its users. Then in October, news broke that the company was secretly scanning all of its users emails based on a directive from the NSA.

So with all that in mind, if you want to turn mail forwarding back on until you decide what you’re going to do with your Yahoo account, here’s how to do it.


Click on the Gear icon in the top right-hand corner and click Settings > Account and click on your Yahoo email address.

Scroll down to Access Your Yahoo Mail Elsewhere, and enter the email address you want to use.


You can choose to either store the original message in Yahoo and forward it, or you can choose to store the original message, forward it, and mark it as read.

You should receive a message with a link at the address you entered. Confirm ownership of that account by clicking the link, and you’re good to go.

Do you plan on using turning mail forwarding back on? Are you going to abandon Yahoo Mail altogether? Let us know in the comments. 

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  1. angela d riley
    March 24, 2018 at 10:47 am

    ok so i have 3 email accounts and when i sign into one of them i only have the one i signed into and the other one it seems that i cant add my other third email for some reason

  2. Richard Burwood
    October 15, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I have three e-m, '', one '' and one ''
    The Norwegian Yahoo e-m account NEVER has spam, the gmail account may have one or two a month BUT the UK, Yahoo 'ymail' account has 50 -60 spam/day! I have been meticulous in applying the yahoo filter...1/the last part of the sender's e-m address(after the '@'), 2/my address and then 3/send it to TRASH..4/I hit 'SAVE'. It has NO EFFECT. The same sender will be sending me spam, day after day. There are twelve 'principal' culprits. How is it that Yahoo 'refuses' to allow me to ban some senders? The box below only allows me to enter on of my addresses. I have used that plagued by spam!