Switching From Gmail to Yahoo! Mail


Yes. That’s true. From Gmail to Yahoo! Mail. NOT the other way round. Many (including me) love Google and its relatively new mail client. But the truth is, Yahoo! is the better one. It has some really nice features, which many Yahoo! skeptics would have ignored. People switched to Gmail as it was new and funky. But all of us know about that (un)popular Gmail server crash. Gmal lost its credibility as a good e-mail client back then. Yahoo! is still better. It has filters, drag-and-drop features, and also loads much faster than Gmail. Even faster, when cached.

I did a test to prove it

1] Google Mail

Typed mail.google.com in the address bar of Firefox, made sure that no bandwidth-consuming processes were running, and hit enter.

Enabled: Chat, Calendar

Disabled: Labs, Themes

Time taken to load: 8.99 seconds

2] Yahoo! Mail

Typed mail.yahoo.com in the address bar of Firefox, made sure no bandwidth-consuming process was running, and hit enter.

Enabled: Every friggin’ thing available by default: news, temperature, chat and calendar.

Disabled: Nothing

Time taken to load: 7.56 seconds

Which proves it that Yahoo! Mail loads faster than Gmail by 1.43 seconds. That’s a large number, considering Gmail had no labs enabled.

So if I have convinced you to move to Yahoo! Mail from Gmail, here’s how to do it:

TrueSwitch

TrueSwitch

Step 1: We’ll be using this service called TrueSwitch. It does cost $19.95, but free to do, when you switch to Yahoo! (Wow. I was a poet and I didn’t even know it!). Click here to begin switching.

"Copy, Notify, Forward, Cancel" seems to be the motto of TrueSwitch, and it lives up to it.

"Copy, Notify, Forward, Cancel" seems to be the motto of TrueSwitch, and it lives up to it.

Step 2: After you’ve done that, you’ll need to sign in to Yahoo! Type your password, and click Sign-in.

Sign-in to your Yahoo! Account

Sign-in to your Yahoo! Account

Step 3: After you’ve signed in, you need to grant TrueSwitch permission to access your account. Click I Agree.

Confirmation

Confirmation

Step 4: Enter your old e-mail address (Gmail in this case). Enter your username, and select gmail.com in the first drop-down box. For example, if your e-mail ID is shadowline@gmail.com, you type in only shadowline and select gmail.com in the drop-down box.

Type your old e-mail address password, select all data to be transferred (I recommend you check both Email and Address Book.)

You can also send a notification to all contacts in your old Gmail account informing about the change in your e-mail ID. Clicking on Personalize this notification will help you draft a custom message manually, which will be sent to your contacts.

You will need to give TrueSwitch all details to switch to your Yahoo! account

You will need to give TrueSwitch all details to switch to your Yahoo! account

An example of the notification the recipient receives when your notification reaches him/her.

An example of the notification the recipient receives when your notification reaches him/her.

Step 5: When you’re sure you’ve done everything, including agreeing to the Terms of Service, click Start Transfer. You should see this dialog box.

Although it claims to take a few seconds, it takes suprisingly longer than the expected time to process the data, depending on your current Gmail account.

Although it claims to take a few seconds, it takes suprisingly longer than the expected time to process the data, depending on your current Gmail account.

Step 6: After a really long and agonizing wait, TrueSwitch completes “confirming your account info”. Open your Yahoo! Mail account. If all the mails aren’t there, don’t worry. Wait for about sixteen hours. You’ll see all mails with each sorted out into folders available to you. Nothing changes in the first twelve hours. The final result comes only after sixteen hours, when all your folders and current mails have been transferred.

Step 7: Now that the transfer is complete, you need to direct all your mails to your Yahoo! account. Open Gmail. Click Settings. Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Enable forwarding by clicking on the Forward incoming mail to radio button. Type in your complete new email ID. Select archive Gmail’s copy in the drop-down box, so that all mail remains in the Gmail inbox as well.

Forwarding all incoming mail

Forwarding all incoming mail

Step 8: Click Save Changes and open your Yahoo! Mail account. You must have received a mail from accounts-noreply@google.com. Click on the confirmation link, and you’re through.

Congratulations! You have successfully travelled from Gee Mail to Yahoo! Mail. Lemme reassure you. Its a move you’ll never regret.

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20 comments on “Switching From Gmail to Yahoo! Mail

  1. I don’t think startup is the only criterion for competition between email services.
    There are several other things too.
    Gmail provides more attachment size, 20 MB as compared to Yahoo’s 10 MB. And I believe that uploading attachments in Gmail is much more comfortable, you can enter your mail contents and the attachment will continue to upload indicated by a status bar. But you need to wait for a long time in Yahoo.
    Coming to the interface, Gmail allows you to access various themes while Yahoo only provides color selection. Yahoo even gives many advertisements with large pictures, so you get less screen space.
    Some advertisements are Flash applications, so that greatly reduces the Yahoo start up time sometimes. The Google Adsense takes up very less space, you won’t even notice it’s there.

    Yahoo mail may definitely be a great service, but I don’t think that anybody would so readily change his mail; even after reading your wonderful post. :)

  2. I don’t think startup time is the only criterion for competition between email services.
    There are several other things too.
    Gmail provides more attachment size, 20 MB as compared to Yahoo’s 10 MB. And I believe that uploading attachments in Gmail is much more comfortable, you can enter your mail contents and the attachment will continue to upload indicated by a status bar. But you need to wait for a long time in Yahoo.
    Coming to the interface, Gmail allows you to access various themes while Yahoo only provides color selection. Yahoo even gives many advertisements with large pictures, so you get less screen space.
    Some advertisements are Flash applications, so that greatly reduces the Yahoo start up time sometimes. The Google Adsense takes up very less space, you won’t even notice it’s there.

    Yahoo mail may definitely be a great service, but I don’t think that anybody would so readily change his mail; even after reading your wonderful post. :)

    • 1] You can enter mail contents in Yahoo! as well while uploading.
      2] Yahoo! may provide only color selection, but it has inbuilt mail themes – stationery. Like sending a pre-themed mail to someone with a hippie background. Adverts occupy only a small portion of the sidebar, much like Adsense ads which appear in Gmail. Such adverts load after the main mail interface loads, and can be disabled. So no interference.
      3] I do hope people change to Yahoo! Mail from Gmail. Its got all great features.
      4] Speaking of interface, have you tried the all new Yahoo! Mail? You can drag and drop mails to the inbox, folders, or spam areas. All even have specialised right-click menus to mark mails read/unread.

  3. I don’t know whether you’re aware of this feature in Yahoo! Mail, but I find it very useful – double click on any mail and it will open in a new tab. So you can open mails in tabs and set aside for reading later, or open up an old mail in a tab which you need to refer to while composing a reply.

    Also try search. It has some neat refinement options thrown up in the sidebar when you do searches.

      • I also like the calendar timeline at the bottom of the mail window. I don’t need to leave the main Yahoo! Mail interface for that either.

        BTW, Yahoo! Mail has something called a Power User programme. If you use Yahoo! Mail for a long time, then they upgrade you for free and give you some Mail Plus features. For example, I get no ads served in my mail.

  4. The biggest problem with Yahoo as of now is that there is no IMAP/POP. I don’t know whether it exists in other’s account or not. I have been using Y! since 2003 and still don’t have IMAP/POP and automatic mail forwarding.

      • I don’t use POP when I have an option of IMAP. I have tried checking all options/setting/preferences or anything faintly similar to find/enable the IMAP access.
        I don’t even know the IMAP servers URI. Can you pass it to me?

        BTW isn’t it a joke that they are giving IMAP to free users and POP to plus users?

        • Er, oops. IMAP and POP are not available. I though (dunno why) that you’re talking about accessing Yahoo! Mail via mobile web.
          POP is for Plus users, that is confirmed. Don’t think any IMAP support is there.

  5. Yahoo! Mail does not support IMAP for any user. POP is available for free users in all countries except for USA. However, if you’re using the Zimbra Desktop client then you can read your mails in an email reader regardless of whether you have a free or Plus account. Also, Yahoo! has something called a Power User programme where those who have been using Yahoo! Mail for a long time get free upgrades.

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