The New Yahoo Mail: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Do you Yahoo? For a large number of email users, the answer’s still a solid “Yes.” Good old Yahoo Mail started to feel bloated, cluttered and, well, old now that streamlined services like are the norm, though – which makes today’s introduction of a new-look Yahoo Mail an especially welcome change. Here are the five things you need to know about the new Yahoo Mail.

The Emperor’s new clothes – Yahoo overhauled its email clients to cut the clutter and give them a fresh, clean look. The service places your messages front and center, with folders segregated to a small left-side pane (which is hidden on mobile devices). Sure, it looks like every other webmail service, but that’s a good thing.

Seamless design – Yahoo updated its Android and iOS apps as well as its Web client to bring that new look to every possible Yahoo Mail entry point, creating a unified experience that stays (basically) the same, no matter what platform you’re on.

Better, faster, stronger – In the blog post announcing the update, Marissa Mayer says that the email app was redesigned “with speed in mind.” Our brief fiddling with the Web client certainly feels faster than before. The company told The Verge that the Android app was rewritten from the ground up to increase speed while simultaneously using 20 to 40 percent less battery.

There’s a Windows 8 app! – Microsoft’s new platform may not have many apps yet, but now you can count Yahoo Mail amongst the crowd. The Windows 8 Yahoo Mail app blends the service’s new look with Microsoft’s familiar Modern interface.

You might not have it yet – The updated Web client is being rolled out gradually, though Mayer says that “Over the next few days, most mail users will begin to experience the new Web version of Yahoo! Mail.”

Mayer also says that this update is "just the beginning." Hopefully she means it; over the past few years, Yahoo Mail has seemed content to stay safe while such services as and Gmail constantly push out new features and updates. This overhaul is a refreshing step in the right direction for Yahoo.

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  • LIZZY Says:

    Can't delete messages without opening them. I don't want to open suspicious or trash items. Bring back the version that actually allows me to manage my accounts. Yahoo is yet another program that I cringe when I see updates available. I'm gonna have to shut off automatic updates before they screw my mail up again. Hello gmail.I'm back.

  • Claire Says:

    I don't like the new email. I have to delete messages individually instead of being able to check multiples and then trash. Time consuming unless there is another way. Help. This is on my Android.

  • Mo Says:

    Opening attachments IN EMAIL worked fine all this time and now it does not work. More problems than not with new yahoo mail. Tired of chasing links trying to figure out how to get that one to work.

    I don't want to always download the pic, doc etc. then open it from computer.

    FIX IT!!!!!!!

  • Beverly Capps Says:

    So, I have always loved my yahoo mail and went to it for convenience. I will be leaving it, I guess, now, due to inconvenience.Hello, Google! Most of us use email to communicate with people, and in my field, I send messages to departments, i. e. groups, which is a term that the new Yahoo seems to be unfamiliar with. I just want to be able to create distribution lists in my Yahoo mail that is on my computer operating with Windows8. H.E.L.P.

  • M Pullan Says:

    for many months BT has been promising the fools like me who signed up to Yahoo an improved mail service - but we are still stuck with Yahoo. Can't load pages today - what a ridiculous system it is - thnak goodness for Gmail.

  • BernardineTracy Says:

    Why can't I Get my email from yahoo? Do you want me to cancel and get a more dependable server? This problem is so frequent, it seems you do not want old customers. Am I right?

  • Chidi Says:

    My laptop was stolen and since then I have not been able to have access to my yahoo mail because I have to provide a secrete verification password that has been sent to onebox which I don't know anything about. Yahoo is yahoo which in my language means stupid or dumb. It is the most irritating mail service on earth.

  • Terry Says:

    Have to agree, new mail version "SUCKS"

    Actually considering dropping Yahoo if this mess does not get cleaned up!!!!

  • K.K.W. WILSON Says:

    I looked at a large number of replies on this site and I can't agree with them more. This is the worst piece of programming idiocy I have ever seen. What did Yahoo! do? Hire a bunch of MS rejects!!! Everyone knows you can't get much lower on the programming ladder than MS but Yahoo! now holds that honor without question.

  • Real Change Says:

    Yahoo buttons don't work in IExplorer. Yahoo is finished. It is a pile of BS. Total POS.
    I was the last of my friends to migrate to google mail because i didn't know how to forward my sent mails from Yahoo to Google.
    Well, it's easy, I created a folder and imported it. Bye Yahoo pieces of d#*k sh#t. Yahoo should die or be sent to the gallows

  • deedeeMao Says:

    There's only one thing you need to know about "new" Yahoo mail.

    It sucks beyond imagining. Just this week it started arranging all my emails by day and date.

    Uh... OK I guess. But then it did something really Cute! It started saving 29 copies of each draft instead of just one!

    Then when I spent a half hour deleting all the extra copies, it deleted ALL of my drafts back to December 2014.

    New Yahoo is just filled with surprises.

  • joseph Says:

    not able to compose

  • Pete West Says:

    Totally, totally useless.

    Designed by nutters.

    Have just typed my first emai and spent an hour trying to send it. I am an experienced user, and I have failed. What a waste of time..

  • Larry Says:

    Yahoo Mail no longer allows drag and drop for attachments when using Internet Explorer, but it does work if using Firefox, but why? I have a paid business email account, but am considering changing to get away from the new Yahoo Mail.

  • Mike Says:

    Once again Yahoo demonstrates it's grade school dropout mentality - if its not broke, lets break it ! Just because you can screw it up doesn't mean you have to. I guess you drop features, find out how many people liked them, and then try to figure out how to charge them for the "extra" basic features.
    Oops - sorry I did not use simple one syllable words you tried to learn in preschool.
    Oh well, so much for venting to a deaf, blind, and brain dead entity.

  • Bella Says:

    I no longer have that arrow button that would allow me to go forward or backwards through my emails. I really hate this new change Yahoo.

  • NowYouKnow Says:

    Multiple recipients? Forget about it! It wants you to scroll down all 300 entries in your contacts list and select the recipients -- NUTS! And mine does NOT have the settings gear in the upper right hand corner. So NOTHING can be changed! WOW! The new convent size as the marketing worms like to say.

  • Wilbur Sewell Says:

    Yahoo mail sucks is right. It will not let me use my groups in contact. I have 90 people in 2 different groups and it won't let me use the groups.

  • yosan Says:

    yahoo is the best

  • J.R. McDONALD JR Says:

    Why does YAHOO! consistently navigate to the wrong page, or says the page is not available? It is very frustrating trying to check e-mail because I have to go thru so many wrong pages to get there. AND I AM ON DIAL-UP!

  • Peter Says:

    If Yahoo Mail does not reinstall cc: and bcc: I will switch to another email that still does use it. Quickly.

  • Yahoo mail user since 1996 Says:

    Somewhat happy everyone things the same as I. Did you mention already about the fact that you can not anymore sort your mails by sender or title or whatever, but just by "last arrived on top"? Or if you can, it must be on a totally counter-intuitive way, because I haven't figured out how yet.

  • ron heferen Says:

    will I get a better service with the new yahoo mail, thank you for your time , ron

  • Disgruntled Former Yahoo User Says:

    Yahoo users beware. Yahoo at its sole discretion can delete your account and all your information without giving you any other reason than saying you violated its Terms of Use. Once that happens, all your information is gone. They lack any customer service. I strongly suggest everyone leave them and find a better company.

  • john Says:

    Yahoo email sucks. Cannot read or open email.

  • Linda Says:

    OK, came on to find out why my email has changed. I can't delete or select emails, I can't find a way to attach anything to my emails, uggg! I hate computer changes because I have no clue what to do!

  • Ilse Martin Says:

    Why does my friend in Germany get my inbox when she clicks on attached photos? She can't open the photos. It happened twice, even after I changed my password.

  • MP Says:

    yahoo email is the worst ever!!!

    Why don't they listen to their users.

  • smitti Says:

    I HATE the new YaBoo Mail.

    Everything usable was removed. My whole mail page is screwed up when the advertisement shows. The top portion is removed. I click to close ad and the top of the page returns. Ad pops back and the top goes away again.

    **&&^^%%$E@@#$%0((**&&^^%%$$###$%^*%$##*)()!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PURE HATE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No close mail button any more. What a waste to have to scroll up to do next or previous. The arrow in the mail left/right worked great

    How could YaBoo possibly remove the most convenient feature ... sort alphabetically ??? This was he most efficient way to purge my mail.

  • Julia Says:

    How do I stop ail from yahoo in windows mail

  • cbw Says:

    I hate this new version. I think it's hard to navigate and when I try to print out my e-mails, they are all so far to the right that I can't read them.
    There may be something I can do about this myself but if so, I don't know how.
    A lot of times when I click on an e-mail to open it, it jumps to the one below.


    ineed to sign up where do I go

  • James Says:

    I have only ever used Yahoo But am having problems why?????

  • BRB Says:

    What the Hell is UP with this email format, can't multiple attach, no font button,(size or type) spellcheck or any other settings. Who is the Moron that decided this is Better. G-mail here I come, Yahoo, you are losing a lot of customers and I will be contacting you to get my money back to have Mail Plus.!

  • george Says:

    you are obviously being paid by yahoo. find 5 people how like the new yahoo mail!!!!!

  • Reinhard Says:

    How much did you get paid to publish this rubbish. Yahoo mail now is the worst ever!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kathy Says:


  • markmccoin Says:

    where is the attach files button, I do not see any customizing buttons. I am trying to reply to an email with some files but no option to do so is showing

  • Malkie Darabaner Says:

    Don't try to tell me otherwise; Yahoo
    is dying! First I am no longer able to
    print out e-mails by pressing "control" and "P" as I always used to do. Next,
    I can only see the titles of two current
    e-mails in a tiny box instead of a full
    page. Then "Yahoo is having worldwide
    problems". Sure sounds like dying.

  • Alma Siemens Says:

    Dear Yahoo,
    I don't mind new and improved service, if I can read it well. My visual limitation makes this new and improved Yahoo Mail Screen FRUSTRATING at times. I may not be the only one since visual issues are happening more frequently with the aging population. You might consider consulting organizations that deal with vision irregularities and loss, not to mention the people who experience it. Thank you for your attention.
    Alma Siemens

  • GGZ Says:

    My email account began with about 2 decades ago. When Yahoo acquired the accounts, I hoped they would improve functionality.
    Instead, this new version doesn't allow sorting by Sender (if someone knows how, please share) loses a draft if you open another email, and many, many other lost features as described by other postings on this blog.
    Yahoo, begging you to sell off the group to another provider so we can escape the 'new Yahoo' purgatory.

  • Greg Thomas Says:

    The older version of yahoo mail allowed you to send (send/shift) a draft and keep it. This was very helpful in my business.

    Will this feature be returning to yahoo mail anytime soon?


  • \Martha Wachtel Says:

    The new email is awful. very hard to use. hate it! cannot opt out of your damned ads, cant delete them, can't opt out. Uverse can't tell me what to do either. Can't even send them to spam. What are you thinking? I'll be changing my email as soon as I can figure out how. Everybody hates it.

  • Frances Meder Says:

    I hate the new email set up. I don't like the replys being visible in the subject area. It is not user friendly.

    Also where is the draft folder?????

  • Ann Says:

    I hate the new yahoo email, going to try something new. Quit changing $--- leave it alone. You only make things worse when you change things.

  • Leo Says:

    The new yahoo was designed for yahoo not for the user. It is garbage. All the "me" inserts creates a mess. An email is not a conversation. I don't want a conversations. Stop this crap no one likes it.

  • Mary Says:

    This is the FINAL episode for Marissa's incompetent techies - - BRING IT ON - G-MAIL is the way to go - - Marissa buys companies and let's Yahoo Mail go to HELL

  • Donnie Henson Says:

    With the latest version of Yahoo mail, each time I sent out an email,it will have 2 copies of the same email attach to it. I have to forward and copy clip and still the same. Then you have to click on the history or something like that even to view the email. This needs a fix big time.

  • Pete Says:

    If it aint broke why TRY and fix it? Yahoo now have the unenviable reputation for failing miserably every time they try to upgrade their Mail. Leave us alone and save yourself some money on R&D. I've never had a gmail account but it seems that will be the way forward sadly.

  • seamus duffy Says:

    Hello, can you please tell me why email that I have sent are appearing in my inbox. This is new and I don't want it. Kind regards.

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