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 using any of the following applicable methods.

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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 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 all your data from your Yahoo account into your Mailfence account :
    • 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 your Yahoo account locally and then import it in your Mailfence account.

Using Mailfence Webinterface

  1. Import your yahoo account in Mailfence using ‘External address’
    Note: This may require you to buy a Yahoo Ad free Mail/Yahoo mail plus service.

    • Via POP:
      • Configure your Yahoo credentials, uncheck “download new messages only” and click on create.
      • Click on “Download all accounts”.
      • All your messages will be imported into the respective folders
    • Via IMAP:
      • Add your Yahoo account into your Mailfence account as external address (only if it’s not been added before).
      • Configure your Yahoo credentials.
      • Go to your inbox (left panel), expand your external Yahoo account.
        • Refresh your browser tab.
      • Drag and Drop all your messages into your mailfence account

Note: If you do not wish to receive new messages from your Yahoo mail account in your Mailfence webinterface – then either disable it (toggle off) or delete it as an external address.

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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 may require you to buy a Yahoo Ad free Mail/Yahoo mail plus service.

For Outlook:

  • Create a ‘backup’ of your Yahoo account (go to File > Open & Export > Import/Export > Export to a file (.pst) > select account > Finish).
  • 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
    • Make a zip file of all the emails that you want to import in your Mailfence account.
  • Go to your Mailfence account, click on the “…” (three dots) in the message panel.
    • Select the zip file file and click on import

For Thunderbird

  • Install a plugin, export your Yahoo data in .eml format locally, and then import it in your Mailfence account.
    OR
  • ‘Save as’ each of your email in you local machine in .eml format, make a zip file.
  • Go to your Mailfence account, click on the “…” (three dots) in the message panel.
    • Select the zip file 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.
    • Select the contact(s) file and click on import.

Should you have any more questions, feel free to let us know OR send us an email at support.

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Patrick De Schutter

Patrick De Schutter is a serial digital entrepreneur and startup investor. In 2000 he launched one of the European pioneers of cloud software. He is a strong believer and advocate of encryption and privacy. With his company 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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