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Is your Yahoo mail not accessible?

If you are getting an error, while trying to access your Yahoo mail recently using your favorite desktop e-mail application like Outlook or Windows Live Mail, you might try the solution below. I can’t guarantee if that will work for everyone, or if it is connected in anyway with your Yahoo mail, but it worked for me. Actually I had a call today from a customer, explaining that he can’t get into his Yahoo mail using Outlook 2007 since yesterday. The error which was returned from the server was:

“Failure to download message, try again later. Socket Error # 10060. Connection timed out.”

The first thing to do of course was to check if all the settings were correct. And they were. All the server settings (pop and smtp) were as they should be. As he was using Yahoo mail UK, the server settings were set with mail.yahoo.co.uk.

Here is the solution – the only thing you have to change in order to get your e-mail working (at least for now) is to replace yahoo.co.uk with yahoo.com.
So this is how your new settings should look like:

Incoming POP Server: pop.mail.yahoo.com (port 995)
Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.mail.yahoo.com (port 465 with SSL)
Incoming IMAP Server : imap.mail.yahoo.com (port 993).

I don’t know if the Yahoo server “pop.mail.yahoo.co.uk” is down permanently or temporary and if it is, how long it will be, but the above solution worked for my client, at least for now. I’ll update the post if something is changed.

Update: It looks like there is no problem if you try to login to your Yahoo mail account online, so the problem is only with the settings for desktop e-mail applications.