Yahoo sigh

Gypsy36

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So I'm one of the idiots who held onto her yahoo account because I wasn't a fan of gmail's policies. I'm trying to migrate now but I have eight years of emails saved and the third party options for bulk downloads make me nervous.

Can anyone suggest a safe way to download my emails in bulk to a hard drive? I cannot download them each individually.

Many thanks!
 

Tomorrow

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This might sound like a combative question, but hear me out: why do you need to download the emails at all? Why not just keep the account but not necessarily use it?

I have two Yahoo accounts that I've had since before gmail even existed. I never saw the need to get rid of the accounts, I just use my gmail account now and sign into a Yahoo account if there's something I'm looking for there.
 

ejb190

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I have two Yahoo accounts that I've had since before gmail even existed. I never saw the need to get rid of the accounts, I just use my gmail account now and sign into a Yahoo account if there's something I'm looking for there.
Same here. I have a Yahoo account that I have transitioned to my "spam" account. Get into it about once a month to delete messages or if I need to look for hotel deals!
 

maflynn

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My wife has done the same (years ago), she kept the yahoo account, but its now the spam account when filling out forms. Just keep it and don't use it.
 

Gypsy36

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Not combative at all! Thank you for your thoughts. I guess I'm concerned with the safety aspect of it. If there are legit concerns about safety I don't want to leave my emails on the server.
 

D.T.

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Just setup an IMAP account in a desktop email client (assuming you're on OSX, so Mail) using your Yahoo creds once you've connected you can simply drag the mail into a local storage folder and you're done.
 
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ActionableMango

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So I'm one of the idiots who held onto her yahoo account because I wasn't a fan of gmail's policies. I'm trying to migrate now but I have eight years of emails saved and the third party options for bulk downloads make me nervous.

Can anyone suggest a safe way to download my emails in bulk to a hard drive? I cannot download them each individually.

Many thanks!
There are options other than Yahoo and Gmail. iCloud for example since you are here on MacRumors. Outlook is another biggie.
 

Tech198

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1. Make a account elsewhere whichever mail system u wish to use
2. In Yahoo mail, forward all incoming messages to this new email service.

That will be ok for only new incoming messages, not current messages.. I think u still got to export and re-import. Either will downloaded, then use the import of the other service.

Just setup an IMAP account in a desktop email client (assuming you're on OSX, so Mail) using your Yahoo creds once you've connected you can simply drag the mail into a local storage folder and you're done.
Technically, u'r still downloading it all anyway. Whichever way its done.
 

D.T.

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Technically, u'r still downloading it all anyway. Whichever way its done.
Except moving it to a local storage folder completely removes it from IMAP sync, so any issues upstream, or from another device (accidental delete, etc.) and it's still preserved - and it solves the _exact_ concern of theirs, i.e., having a local archive of all mail.