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About: Most people work from home since the outbreak of the pandemic. You can communicate with colleagues, clients, and team members. They use email communication extensively. Today, email usage has increased by multiple folders over the past year. Yahoo mail is a popular email platform that millions of people use every day. Yahoo uses IMAP protocol, and IMAP mailboxes are limited in size. It is because a mailbox that is the most populated takes longer to open in a web browser tab.

Yahoo Mail users should backup their emails and save them to an offline folder. It will make your mailbox responsive and faster to open.

Three major data breaches have occurred on Yahoo Mail since 2013, when account information of hundreds of millions were exposed. Yahoo Mail backups are essential in such circumstances.

How do I backup Yahoo Mail?
Yahoo does not offer an inbuilt backup for downloading their email messages, however you can use the IMAP protocol to connect to the account and get the emails.

Microsoft Outlook Backup
Microsoft Outlook connects to the Yahoo Mail account via IMAP ports. These are the details needed to add the account.

Incoming mail -    993
Outgoing mail -    465
Outlook allows you to enter the details of your Yahoo Account and then add them to Outlook . Take Backup using Microsoft Outlook

Once you have created the account, Outlook can be used to manage it. You can then click the file button and go to open & export. Click Import/Export .
Click Next.
Select Outlook Data file (.pst),, and click Next.
Choose the folder you wish to save in the backup. Select the folder that contains emails. Click Next.
To select the destination folder in which you wish to save your PST file, click the Browse link. You can also choose to manage duplicate items. Finally, click on the Finish link.
Take Backup using Mozilla Thunderbird
You can add your Yahoo account to Mozilla Thunderbird and export data there. The ImportExportTools addon facilitates clean export. The add-on can be installed and the application restarted.
Once you have installed the ImportExportTools NG plugin, you can then go to your mailbox folder and right-click on it. Select ImportExportTools.NG>>Export all the messages in this folder>>EML Format.
Notification: The formats available are EML and HTML, Plain Text format, Single Text file, Spreadsheet, Spreadsheet, and PDF.

Once you have chosen the format, save the file in any folder.
Two ways to save Yahoo mails to your computer are presented to you. Outlook and Thunderbird export only selected folders to a separate file.

Yahoo Mail is not recommended for professional accounts. You should use the manual methods to protect your email. There is no way to filter the entire mailbox or make selections. They can only save emails, and not other data such as contacts or notes.

Professional IMAP Backup software should recognize Yahoo Mail settings and connect to the account. It should be able to save and create filters based on the mailbox environment. Professional Backup software is more efficient because it offers multiple formats for saving emails.

Many professional software offers a free trial and can be used to save emails in a limited way.

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