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eric.tearle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Has any else or does any one else use Apple's Mail app with Yahoo POP settings.

I.e accessing there yahoo account etc via the Mail app on their Mac?

I've followed all the settings Yahoo have given like "incoming mail server" etc

But it won't connect!!

Any one else done this and got it too work? Thanks.

iMac G5, 1.6GHz PowerPC G5, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 1GB RAM
  • D. Fraser Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)
    You might have to change the port number in your mail advanced account preferences. When you first set up the account, the default port number is wrong. Check the help on POP accounts on It should give you the correct port numbers. Then change the account ports in Mail. That should fix your problems.

    Hope this helps...

    P.S. I have had to do this with all of my mail accounts that go through yahoo.

    Message was edited by: D. Fraser
  • McFlyStarGirl27 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having a problem too. I set up my Yahoo account, and changed all the port settings to those that Yahoo has specified, but every time I try to connect it keeps telling me my password was rejected. I've double checked to make sure the password is correct in my Preferences and on the Keychain Access page, but it still continues to reject my password.
  • D. Fraser Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)
    Have you tried to toggle the using SSL login on/off? I've had to do that to get it to work before.
  • imac007 Level 3 Level 3 (860 points)
    Some information:

    What are the incoming and outgoing mail servers for basic free yahoo mail account? - Yahoo! Answers

    My mail servers cant retrieve my mail. Please give me Yahoo's incoming POP servers.? - Yahoo! Answers

    MacFreePOPs 2.3 software download - Mac OS X - VersionTracker
  • eric.tearle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I can't locate any where to change the port numbers. I can't access my mail preferences because im still getting the "Set up accpunt" pop up when I load Mail app.
  • eric.tearle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok I changed the port number to 465 like yahoo specifies. But now I'm in mail its asking for my yahoo account password. When i type it in it comes back

    "The smpt service rejected the password for user"

    But my passwords right!
  • D. Fraser Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)
    Select your account under Mail Preferences/Accounts Tab, click on the pop-up selector for your *Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP):* and select *Edit Server List...*. Does it show something similar to this?
    (Note: outgoing/incoming servers could be different than mine, but the principal is the same)


    If it doesn't, change your setup to 'mimic' mine, ie. password, login name, password etc. and see what happens.

    If it does the next two things to try are:

    1. Delete from /Users/yourshortname/Library/Preferences.
    1a. Setup your yahoo POP account again, changing the default ports to the ports yahoo supplies.

    If that didn't work:

    2. Login to your account at and change your account password. Verify that you can access webmail with new password information. In Mail, change the password to the new password and see if your outgoing server verifies your account.
  • eric.tearle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok, followed all the instructions.

    Deleted the plist for mail. Changed my yahoo account password. And re setup my mail account for yahoo on Mail.

    And still the same problem. Pass word rejected. And cannot connect to smpt server
  • D. Fraser Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)
    Are you getting your emails but not being able to send email? This might be silly but I've noticed that twice in your posts, you refer to it as an "smpt server". I'm just wondering when you've typed the server in you used "smpt" instead of the correct spelling smtp. The only reason I'm posting this is I'm coming up blank on any other cause that might be Apple related. I have multiple yahoo accounts ranging from free accounts, small business accounts and paid email accounts and I'm not having any problems with mine. (aside from the port issues). Post back and I'll try to think of something else.

  • eric.tearle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Lol smtp sorry thats my bad spelling.

    Well After i deleted my Mail plist file in my preferences. And loaded Mail back up it comes up with a box to setup account. So i enter my email and password. It then tries to connect, then it says "trying to log into mail server "" failed. This server may required an additional fee for Pop access"

    So I continue any way and enter other info like "imcoming mail server" "user name" and "password" using "SSL" then enter my outgoing mail server details and using authertication. Then it tries to connect again but still get a error message stating "email and password are inncorect"

    SO I continue into mail any way and change the ports via preferences.

    Then try sending a "test" email but failing again saying " Password was rejected by smtp etc etc"

    Now im stuck, lol!
  • D. Fraser Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)
    Is this by any chance a Free Yahoo! account. I think [this|] is the issue now. This is what tipped me off to this.
    This server may required an additional fee for Pop access

    I misspoke (miswritten) in my previous post that I had a free account. This happened to be an old email setup that got transferred to Yahoo! sometime in the past. Yahoo! upgraded me to Yahoo! Mail Plus for free. (I do have a current free account, but it is only used as a push email account to my iPhone.)

    I am completely out of ideas now. I don't know of anything else it could be. If your account is a Yahoo! Mail Plus account and these problems are occurring, I would contact Yahoo!. I really don't think there is a problem in for OS X.
  • eric.tearle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yeah its a free account. So i may need to upgrade. I guess a free acount doesn't support this.

    Thanks for all your help mate>=. Much appreciated
  • D. Fraser Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)
    Don't forget to mark this as answered, even if it wasn't really answered.

    Anyway, Good Luck, maybe I'll look you up the next time I cross the 'pond'.

  • David Epley Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I have the same issue with my paid, verizon-sponsored email. Yahoo must have a glitch that prevents it from recognizing the correct password. Perhaps it's a mail issue, but whatever it is it is truly irritating.
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