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Outlook.com customers can now import their email from Yahoo Mail

After receiving a great response from the customers who imported their email from Gmail to Outlook.com, we’re excited to announce that, as of today, you can use Outlook.com to import and manage your email from Yahoo Mail and many other IMAP-enabled email providers.

A recent study* by Radius Global revealed that 81% of all email users are using multiple email services. Keeping up with numerous accounts can be time-consuming, but moving to a single email service is not as easy as it sounds. It’s often hard to give up your older email account, because that’s the one your friends and family know, and it’s the one you use to sign in to so many different services.

To help you, the import wizard in Outlook.com allows you to import and manage your mail from Yahoo Mail or many other IMAP-enabled email providers, or from Gmail. You can keep your old email addresses, but manage them all from one place: Outlook.com.

Importing your email from Yahoo Mail

Importing your Yahoo Mail into Outlook.com is simple. To get started, navigate to Options and then click Import email accounts. Select Yahoo, enter your Yahoo email address and password, and then click Import. This will also set up your Yahoo email address as a “send from” account, meaning you can continue to send emails from your Yahoo address, right from Outlook.com. It’s also possible to connect your Yahoo account to your Microsoft account, so your Yahoo contacts appear in Outlook.com.

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Importing your email from other email providers

We’ve also added the ability to import from many other popular IMAP-enabled email providers. To get started, navigate to Options, click Import email accounts, then select Other email provider. Most popular IMAP-enabled email providers are supported.

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In both cases, the import happens in the background, so you can continue using Outlook.com or even sign out while it’s happening. Once the import is complete, we’ll send you an email to let you know. Import time will vary depending on how many emails there are to import.

Importing your mail will not affect your old account–you can keep using it as you always have. However, we’re confident that once you try Outlook.com, you’ll love it.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to try the tool and let us know what you think.

–Mike Schackwitz, Principal Director of Program Management, Outlook.com

*The online quantitative survey and analysis of 3,002 email users in the US, France, and Brazil was conducted by Radius Global Market Research (www.radius-global.com) from Dec 2013 to January 2014.

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17 comments
  1. Do I need to have a paid Yahoo account for this to work?

    • Hi Robert. No, this will work with both free and premium Yahoo Mail accounts.

      • I imported my yahoo account and set yahoo up to forward to outlook (there is an option to forward and keep the email in yahoo, or to just forward it). Outlook has my yahoo email as an alias and it all works like a champ.

        I really thought there would be delays in getting my yahoo email from outlook but if I send a test message to yahoo, it shows immediately in outlook.

        I’ve been sending and receiving yahoo email from outlook for 5 days now and nobody can tell I’ve switched providers. It reminds me of when you were finally able to move you cell phone number to another provider.

        I’m super excited to use the awesome outlook interface as my primary email, and I’m amazed at how well Microsoft implemented the process.

        Yay!

  2. hi there, this is exciting! Will my Yahoo folders migrate intact? This is probably the biggest thing for me because otherwise I’ll have thousands of messages in my inbox.

    • Hi pedrool. Yes! All your Yahoo Mail folders (that actually contain email) will be imported too, with the emails still inside. Empty folders are not migrated. Also, your emails will retain their read/unread status from Yahoo Mail.

  3. does this mean that when I delete emails in outlook they will also be deleted on my yahoo account

    • This will not happen. After your mail is imported to Outlook.com, all actions you take in Outlook.com are disconnected from your Yahoo mail. This is a one-time import, not an ongoing synchronization.

      It’s best to do the import at night and wait until the morning until it’s done; during this time try not to use your Yahoo Mail until you are sure the import is complete.

    • And make sure in Yahoo that you set your forwarding email address to your Outlook.com address so that your Yahoo messages get to your Outlook.com account on an ongoing basis.

  4. I looked in options in outlook and couldn’t see import email addresses, I’m in Outlook 2013. Am I looking in the right place?

    • Hi ridgewood. The import tool we are talking about is for Outlook.com, the webmail service. Not Outlook 2013, the desktop client.

  5. Hi, I started importing my mail from yahoo but decided to cancel it at some point.. so what happens next? will it cause mails already in outlook to duplicate when i restart the import?

    • Hi hekkktor. Since this is a one-time import, any emails that were imported before you hit cancel will still be in your inbox. You can delete them, but if you do the one-time import again, those emails will be imported again.

  6. Rename Outlook.com to Omail.com , Like Gmail , Ymail … Brief & very well

      • or Wmail.com W:Windows
        or Smail.com S:Skype

  7. I imported my Yahoo email to my Outlook.com account, than I imported my email from my PC (Outlook 2010 app), so I had all my emails twice. I went ahead and removed my yahoo account, however all emails still remained in the account. I moved everything to the Deleted folder. How can I delete it? Meanwhile all my 13,000 plus emails with over 30 folders are sitting in my Deleted folder.

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