Yahoo Mail POP accessible if set to the Philippines

Thursday 10 March 2011, 12.23pm HKT

FOR THOSE OF YOU you with Yahoo Mail non-premium accounts, you must be homesick for those days when your free Yahoo webmail had POP access and mail forwarding.

Since December 2010, those two functions are available only to premium (i.e. paid) account holders, as The Naked Listener wrote in back in 7 January.

Since then, I’ve been reliably informed (and reliably tested) a POP/forwarding workaround. The tactic is to set your account to the Philippine region. The U.S. and all of the European regions don’t work.

Setting your Yahoo Mail to the Philippines makes for little if any impact on usability and navigation because Philippine regional content are entirely in English.


1. Log into your Yahoo Mail in the usual way.

2. Click “Options” (or “Mail Options” as the case may be) somewhere on the top right corner of the main Yahoo Mail interface.

3. A dropdown menu appears. Click “Mail Options.”

4. On the left panel, click “Account Information” and you’ll be asked for your password again.

5. Your Account Info screen comes up now.

6. Scroll down to “Account Settings” section and click “Set language, site, time zone.”

7. In “Regional Site and Language,” set it to “Yahoo! Philippines” and click “Save.” (Leave the dropdown menu “Time Zone” underneath unchanged.)

8. Return to the main Yahoo Mail interface the normal way (or just type in your browser to do that).

9. Go back to “Options” (or “Mail Options”) somewhere on the top right corner.

10. On the left panel, click “POP & Forwarding” and choose below:

  • EITHER “Allow your Yahoo! Mail to be POPed
  • OR “Forward your Yahoo! Mail

and click “Save changes” button on the top bar.


11. In Yahoo Mail, compose and send a test email to yourself (at Yahoo and at your other email address). The test email should arrive in both places.

12. In your other email, compose and send another test email to yourself (just to Yahoo this time). That test email should arrive in both places.

13. That’s it!


14. It seems this workaround works for free Yahoo Mail accounts that are 10+ years old. You should still try it out regardless of how young or old your account is.

15. This workaround doesn’t work with non-English regional options, such as Japan, Taiwan, etc.

16. Circulate this workaround out of the limelight, or else Yahoo will wise up and plug this loophole.

17. As always with workarounds, your mileage may vary.

© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2011.

17 Responses to “Yahoo Mail POP accessible if set to the Philippines”

  1. Mike said

    I can’t get it to work. I just get:-

    “There was a problem connecting to POP access is limited to Yahoo! Mail Plus subscribers. Please contact Yahoo! Mail’s support team for more information.”

    I think the problem is that Gmail does [not] let any access.

    I have set up an on the uk site and that allows forward (works 100%) and the POP option (doesn’t work).

    The us site doesn’t give these option which suggests it does work.


  2. Then I reckon the whole deal works according which and what the user’s IP address is.


  3. André RB said

    First of all, thanks for your help and time in trying to find a workaround. Secondly, I have an account, set to the US. It’d worked with pop until August 14. I did work again after changing the password, but only for a day. Now that no longer works, neither does changing my account settings to Yahoo! Philipinnes or Yahoo! Brasil for that matter.


  4. Hmm, I know Yahoo Philippines still gives POP access, but then I’m already in Asia, so I reckon Yahoo limits switching based on your IP address.


  5. It works for Brazil! My account was unable to get pop mail in last few days and after I changed the local configuration to Philippines it back to work again.


  6. erik said

    strange. it worked until september 13 with yahoo asia .com address.


  7. zed said

    Works over here in the NorthWest of the US. I went through the similar hellish task of trying every option ( ) and coming up in Asia with no POP. Thanks for bringing awareness to the Philippines. May our flight for free Filipino POP remain strong.


  8. said

    when I try it from u.s., there is no choice for yahoo phillipines but there is a choice for phillipenes. i tried them all, but not that one yet.


  9. svstar90 said

    This is unfortunately not working anymore. Yahoo just wants to take money from its customers. I feel like dropping yahoo and switching to GMail. Is there a way to get POP forwarding with GMail?


  10. karuntael said

    outdated…. not working anymore…. step 7. doesn’t exist anymore.

    7. In “Regional Site and Language,” set it to “Yahoo! Philippines” and click “Save.” (Leave the dropdown menu “Time Zone” underneath unchanged.)


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