How to migrate Yahoo mail to Mailfence in a few clicks!

What if you’ve decided you’ve had it with Yahoo’s security breaches and inadequate privacy controls and want to leave? What do you do and how do you get your messages out? In this tutorial we explain how to migrate Yahoo mail to Mailfence – a secure and private email service.

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Note: Before using any of the below mentioned options, make sure you have made a reliable backup of your data (to be imported) to avoid any possible data loss.

Using Local Client

  1. Install a desktop email client, such as Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.
  2. Configure the client with Yahoo credentials using IMAP or POP.
    Note:

    • This will require you to enable the use of IMAP (for IMAP access) or POP (for POP access) and ‘Allow apps that use less secure sign in’ from your Yahoo ‘Account security’ settings.
    • This may require you to buy a Yahoo Ad free Mail/Yahoo mail plus service.
  3. Configure the client with Mailfence credentials using IMAP.
  4. Drag and drop (after creating the backup, to prevent any possible data loss) all your data from your Yahoo account into your Mailfence account:

OR :

  • In Outlook:
    • Create a backup of your Yahoo account (go to File -> Open & Export -> Import/Export -> Export to a file (.pst) -> select account -> Finish).
    • Then import this backup file (go to File -> Open & Export -> Import/Export -> Import from another program or file (.pst), select Mailfence account -> Finish).
  • In Thunderbird:
    • Install a plugin, export (backup) all your Yahoo account locally and then import it in your Mailfence account.
      For optimal results (avoiding connection time-out issues)

      • For Export: Export all message in the folder -> EML Format
      • For Import: Import all messages from a directory -> just from the directory OR also from its sub-directories

Using Mailfence Webinterface

  1. Import your Yahoo account in Mailfence using ‘External address’
    Note:

    • This will require you to enable the use of IMAP (for IMAP access) or POP (for POP access) and ‘Allow apps that use less secure sign in’ from your Yahoo ‘Account security’ settings.
    • This may require you to buy a Yahoo Ad free Mail/Yahoo mail plus service.
    Migrate Yahoo emails to Mailfence

    Migrate Yahoo emails to Mailfence

    • Via POP (applies only inbox messages):
      • Configure your Yahoo credentials, uncheck “download new messages only” and click on Create.
      • Click on “Download all accounts”.
      • All your messages will be imported directly into Inbox.
    • Via IMAP:
      • Choose your Yahoo address in the given list OR click on ‘Add a sender address’ (only if not done before).
      • Enter your Yahoo password password.
      • Go to your inbox (left panel), expand your external Yahoo account.
        • Refresh your browser tab (if required).
      • Drag and Drop all your messages into your Mailfence account
        NOTE: Make sure you have a made a reliable backup of your data (to be imported) to avoid any possible data loss.
        OR

        • Select the messages that your would like to move.
        • Right click -> archive -> download.
        • Now click on ‘…’ (three dots) -> import -> select the downloaded zip/or .eml file(s) and click on import.
  2. If you do not wish to receive any more new messages from your Hotmail/Outlook account in the future, then either disable it (toggle off) or delete it as an external address.

Note: In case of difficulties, or heavy accounts, we can further assist you via a dedicated import tool. However, you will have to communicate to us your gmail credentials (best is to setup a temporary password for privacy reasons, that you can change afterwards). FYI:  We do plan to integrate this import tool in our interface soon.

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Using Local Client

  1. Install a desktop email client, such as Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.
  2. Configure the client with Yahoo credentials using IMAP or POP.
    Note:

    • This will require you to enable the use of IMAP (for IMAP access) or POP (for POP access) and ‘Allow apps that use less secure sign in’ from your Yahoo ‘Account security’ settings.
    • This may require you to buy a Yahoo Ad free Mail/Yahoo mail plus service.

For Outlook:

  1. Create a ‘backup’ of your Yahoo account (go to File -> Open & Export -> Import/Export -> Export to a file (.pst) -> select account -> Finish).
  2. Install this tool, and then import the ‘backup’ file.
    Note: We cannot take any responsibility for the security and privacy of this third-party tool. Check this link to have more options.

    • Now convert all your messages in .eml format and download them on your machine
    • Optional: Make a zip file of all the emails that you want to import in your Mailfence account.
  3. Go to your Mailfence account, click on the “…” (three dots) in the message panel.
    • Select the zip/or .eml file(s) and click on import.

For Thunderbird

  1. Install a plugin
  2. Export (backup) all your Yahoo data in .eml format locally OR
    • ‘Save as’ in .eml format every email you wish to import.
    • Optional: Make a zip file of all the emails that you want to import in your Mailfence account.
  3. Go to your Mailfence account, click on the “…” (three dots) in the message panel.
  4. Select the zip/or .eml file(s) and click on import.

Exporting Yahoo contacts via the Yahoo webinterface

Though you can’t export email messages directly from the Yahoo webinterface, you can export your Yahoo contacts from the webinterface.

  1. Log in your Yahoo account, then click the “Contacts” option in the left sidebar.
  2. Click the “Actions” option, then click “Export.”
    Note: MS Outlook, CSV (Comma-Separated Values), vCard, LDIF and Google contacts formats are supported by Mailfence.
  3. Your contacts are exported into the chosen format.
  4. Go to your Mailfence account, click on the “…” (three dots) in the contacts panel.
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    Migrate Yahoo contacts to Mailfence

    • Select the respective format and Choose the contact(s) file to import.
    • Click on import.

Should you have any more questions on how to migrate Yahoo Mail, feel free to let us know OR send us an email at support.  Do you have other accounts?  Check our posts on how to migrate from Gmail or Outlook.

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Patrick De Schutter

Patrick De Schutter is a serial digital entrepreneur and startup investor. In 2000 he co-launched one of the European pioneers of cloud software. He is a strong believer and advocate of encryption and privacy. With Mailfence, he supports the fight for digital rights and donates part of its revenues to support the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the European Digital Rights Foundation. Twitter: @pdeschutter

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