The Yahoo Outlook 2010 Connection – Problems People Have When They Configure Outlook 2010 for Yahoo Mail

Updated Oct 13, 2012

After a long wait, Outlook 2010 is here. And all of us Yahoo Outlook 2010 fans are anxious to get them working together. Happily, the steps to configure Outlook 2010 for Yahoo take only a few minutes, once you know how it is done.

NOTE: Avoid these problems with the directions on this Yahoo Outlook 2010 connection page.

But from the email I’ve received, and the blog posts I’ve observed online, lots people have been tripped up by one or more of those issues. Listed here are a three of the mistakes that users are running into when trying to make a Yahoo Outlook 2010 connection:

1. Using the Wrong Version of Yahoo Mail

Yahoo won’t let you connect to your free Yahoo Mail account with Outlook (or any other mail program). I’ve seen various theories why they do this, but all that really matters is they do.

To be able to make a Yahoo Outlook 2010 connection, you must upgrade your existing Yahoo Mail account into a Mail Plus account or a Business Mail account. For most people, I recommend Yahoo Mail Plus.

This upgrade isn’t a big hassle. You can keep your current email address and keep working the way you always have. From our perspective, the only significant change in Mail Plus is the ability to connect with Outlook. But it does cost you a little bit of money ($19.95/year, or $1.66/month) in exchange for the big convenience of getting your Yahoo mail in Outlook.

2. Using an Incompatible Protocol

We have to to speak geek here for a few seconds. Folks with a little knowledge in this kind of work try to set up a Yahoo IMAP connection, because the IMAP protocol is ideal for this kind of task.

But Yahoo doesn’t support IMAP connections. Instead, they rely on POP3 connections. The POP3 protocol isn’t as capable of advanced functions as IMAP, but it works just fine for sending and receiving Yahoo mail using Outlook 2010.

3. Guessing at Yahoo Outlook 2010 Connection Settings

While you can definitely make this connection once you know how, the correct settings to use aren’t intuitively obvious to most people. As a result, they get one or more of the fiddly little setting wrong, and the whole project falls down.

This is why I urge you to use instructions from someone who has already set this up many times. It can save you all sorts of stress. You certainly have better things to do with your time then spend an afternoon trying to get this figured out by yourself.

Now that we’ve covered these three issues, I think you will agree that you will be able to configure Outlook 2010 for Yahoo Mail once you have quality instructions.

Would you like to see some well-tested, step-by-step instructions that walk you through how to configure Outlook 2010 for Yahoo Mail?

As the testimonials you will find there show, lots of people have already made a successful Yahoo Outlook 2010 connection.

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