How to export Yahoo mail to mac?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by pjny, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. pjny macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010

    I have a lot of emails sitting in my yahoo account and want to export them after deleting them. I looked on the web but can't seem to find a specific method to export make a couple of large .mbox files similar to what gmail allows you to do.

    I don't want to sync it to my mac mail program.

    also heard if you want to delete your yahoo emails it is best not to deactivate the account as yahoo recycles email names and that is bad if you used yahoo mail for password verification or password retrieval.
  2. Lunder89 macrumors 6502


    Oct 16, 2014
    I am not sure if this is what you want, but if you have the Yahoo account setup in macOS Mail, you can just drag all the mails from the inbox (or any other mailbox folder) to a folder on your desktop or a an open Finder window.

    All your mails will copy to the destination.
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    If you don't want to sync it to Mac Mail, this isn't a Mac question but instead a Yahoo question. is not of much help so you might see if you can find a Yahoo forum.
  4. pjny thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010
    Thanks for the help. Yahoo is such a dirtbag corporation. The fact they don't allow you to easily migrate your data out of their compromised system is ridiculous.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Just a thought, may not accomplish what you need, but...

    Have you thought of using a mail application -other than- to log into your Yahoo account?

    I'm thinking of something like Thunderbird.

    You could:
    1. create the account
    2. Thunderbird would then download all the emails from yahoo to your Mac.
    3. You could then "sort out" the emails in T-bird, deleting what you don't wish to keep.

    At this point, you could either use T-bird to handle the emails, or, you could import them into without having to actually log into the yahoo account -using-
  6. pjny thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010
    Thanks. I will try this. I use Airmail 3 and want to have one file I can put everything in.

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