Yahoo Mail - Free Email
- Last update: 3 years ago
- Version: Varies with device
- Size: 17.55M
- Compatibility: Varies with device
- Author: Yahoo
- Content rating: Everyone
- Package name: com.yahoo.mobile.client.android.mail
- Last update: 3 years ago
- Version: 4.14.1
- Size: 231 MB
- Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Author: Yahoo
- Content rating: Rated 4+
- Languages: English, Arabic, Bengali, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Malay, Marathi, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
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Yahoo Mail – Free Email App Review
It’s about to celebrate the anniversary: Yahoo Mail turns 20 in 2017. Many of its users are much younger than the service. These good old days the service was completely web-based and much less stuffed with features, but free mail was not that usual as in the next century.
After surviving the hard times Yahoo is back in the saddle, and its mail service is one of its aces ever out of the sleeve. The competition today is harder, so Yahoo mail should keep up with other global players, like Google or Microsoft. The result depends on both on back-end facilities and front-end face.
Like most mail apps today, Yahoo Mail application supports multiple mailboxes. Alas, your options are limited to Google, Outlook, AOL and, of course, Yahoo. Your multiple addresses will be displayed separately.
In addition to traditional boxes like Inbox and Outbox, Drafts, Sent, there are some more boxes. Starred is the one you fill manually by selecting the most important mail. Spam is filtered automatically on the server side and not displayed in your Inbox, but still delivered, so if some important letter is misidentified as Spam, you still can access it.
Smart Views option looks like Google innovation, but it’s much richer. Mail is sorted on the server automatically and sent to one of the virtual folders named “People,” “Social,” “Shopping,” “Travel,” “Finance.” So your Facebook or MySpace notifications will fall into Social, online stores receipts into Shopping, plane tickets and hotel reservation notifications into travel, and so on.
Options are rather rich. You can set up user filters, create rules or virtual folders.
Your contacts can be synced with your device book contacts (and thus with your default mail, if you use it there).
One of the most interesting features is “Undo send.” When you have accidentally sent the letter to the wrong address, with the wrong content or simply unfinished, you can undo your last action. You should undo while this option is available. The banner pops up after you send it, just like it works in Gmail. You can as well undo delete if you’ve been too fast to remove some messages or drafts.
“Block images” feature is more than a traffic saver. It also prevents virus attacks as sometimes malware is masked under images downloaded by the mail client.
The app can also control your Dropbox and Google Drive accounts and let you share files from there via email. Yahoo’s cloud storage for your mail is limited to 1000 GB.
Facing Outlook app, Yahoo Mail lacks built-in calendar and mail-based planner. But any OS today has a built-in calendar, and if the integration is not that important for you, that’s no flop.
The app looks simple and clear both on tablets and smartphones. The most space of the screen is given to mail list. Options section is hidden behind the left edge, to access it you have to drag it from there.
Available themes are free and helpful if you like customizing your device. In fact, they are color schemes keeping the same layout. But selecting the dark one can help save your battery.
If you have used any mobile mail app before, there’s nowhere to get lost in Yahoo Mail interface.
The app displays any character sets, no matter what is your default language. The app interface is available in most popular languages, so the app keeps its attractiveness, unlike Yahoo News, wherever you dwell. Official pages in app markets are also well translated.
But still, it’s not perfect. For example, there’s no split mode when you’re holding your device in landscape. That would be great for many of us to see the inbox/outbox contents in the left section and the selected mail content in the right one. But even as you position your device horizontally, you still have to tap on a letter to see what’s inside. Fortunately, you can set the preview size, so you will have to open full messages less often.
Yahoo Mail for Android traditionally offers widgets, but they are away from Y alphabetically. You have to scroll the list to reach Inbox and Message Count widgets. The first one is highly customizable, while the second is simple. Yahoo Mail for iOS only offers icon notifications.
Even if you have a large mail archive in your local memory, it rarely causes slowdowns. We tried this app with a newly-made Yahoo account and with the one stuffed with incoming mail for years. The appetite of the app is quite moderate. The difference in performance was not that significant both on new Android smartphone with Snapdragon 820 and on a tablet made in 2014, with Snapdragon 600. There’s a little more difference between user experience on iPhone 7 and iPhone 5s, though 5s is not the oldest iPhone widely in use.
Cross-platform use 4/5
Yahoo mail app is available for the two actual platforms — iOS and Android. The apps have almost identical functionality. Other platforms devoted users can still use web version from their Windows Phone, BlackBerry or even unkillable Symbian devices.
The good news: there’s no hidden Pro plan that requires single or recurring payments. The free Yahoo mail offers all the features. The bad news: the app is ad-supported. The ugly news: the ads don’t look like ads here. They look like new incoming mail at the top of the list. You may confuse them to some unidentified spam, but to a decent letter as well. So beware.
The Bottom Line
Free mail by Yahoo is one of the most popular company’s services. The app doesn’t disappoint by its functionality and stability. Yes, it’s not preinstalled like Gmail or iCloud, but it may be worth to download Yahoo Mail app to get all Yahoo benefits.Collapse
The app does a bit more than its job, providing access to multiple services and accounts and letting you handle your mail easily, so Yahoo is a good candidate for your default mail app.
Pros : Multiple services and accounts supported;
Spam and content filters;
1000 GB cloud provided, other clouds integrated.
Cons : Ads imitating fresh mail;
No builtin calendar and planner;
No split interface in landscape mode.
Cross-platform use 4.0
Average : 4.4
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Is Yahoo Mail still free to use?
Yahoo Mail app is free to download, but it has paid services that you can purchase inside the app.
How do I contact Yahoo Customer Service?
Go to Yahoo Help Central and choose the product you need assistance with. Where available, click Contact Us to get customer service.
How to check the system requirements for Yahoo Mail?
Just head to the App Store or Play Market, find the Yahoo Mail app and scroll down the page to find needed information
How to get the Yahoo Mail latest version?
Click on the ‘Get app’ button on the site, or just check App Store or Play Market and get the latest version of the Yahoo Mail app.