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Don’t Like the New Look of Yahoo Mail? Switch it Back

Yahoo made some big changes to its email interface last week, and it might throw you off a bit. Not only is there more customization options to the look and feel of your inbox, but several of the Mail Plus features are now available to everyone for free. One of the more notable of which is 1 TB of free storage.

New Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail Improvements

According to Jeffery Bonforte, SVP of Communication Products at Yahoo, the changes were made to celebrate the 16th birthday of the email service. From the post on the company’s recently acquired Tumblr blog:

Since it’s not a birthday without party favors, we’re making many features previously reserved for premium Mail Plus customers free. Disposable email addresses, enhanced filters and automatic message forwarding are now available for everyone. And if that wasn’t enough, we’re giving you a monstrous amount of storage, 1TB (that’s 1,000 GBs), so you have ample space for all your emails and attachments. It sure beats one of those annoying noisemakers. Current Mail Plus customers can continue to use Mail Plus and can learn more here.

It’s also interesting to note that if you’re a current Yahoo Mail Plus subscriber you’ll continue to get ad free mail for $19.99 / year. But for new subscribers, if you want its newly renamed “Yahoo Ad Free Mail” it will set you back $49.99 / year.

The biggest change to Yahoo Mail is the new interface and lack of specific features that were available previously. Also, several users are reporting that it’s just plain buggy. If you take a look at the Yahoo Mail User Voice Forums, you’ll find it full of people who are complaining about the redesign and buggy features.

If you’re in the same boat, lets take a look at how to get your old mail back…and it’s surprisingly easy.

Change Yahoo Mail to Basic

It’s easy to switch your mail back to the interface you’re used to. Just click the gear icon located at the upper right corner by your name and select Settings.

Yahoo Mail Settings

Then in the Settings screen, select Viewing email, then tick Basic under Mail version.

Settings Basic

While you’re in Settings, I recommend turning on HTTPS for improved security. Gmail and Outlook.com already have had this feature for what seems like forever, but even if you use your Yahoo account to sign up for newsletters, it’s always nice to have extra security.

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Hit the Save button and your Yahoo mail will switch back the the interface you know and are comfortable with. While there are more features in the new full featured version, you may not want or need them.

If you want to switch it back to the new full featured version, just click the link “Switch to the newest Yahoo! Mail” located in the upper right corner. This will allow you to ease yourself in to the new interface, and still use you Yahoo email productively while the new mail bugs get fixed.

Basic Yahoo Mail

Here’s a look at the company’s promotional video for the new mail service:

If you still use Yahoo, what are your thoughts on the new Yahoo Mail redesign? Leave a comment and let us know!

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48 Responses to Don’t Like the New Look of Yahoo Mail? Switch it Back

  1. Sara October 16, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    Thank you so much, I hated the new look as the tabs were not loading properly so I could not ‘see’ what I was doing. In order to reply to an email for example I had to hover over the page where I remembered the reply tab to be & hope for the best! Thanks again!!

    • Nomad October 19, 2013 at 7:20 am #

      Thank You. Thank you. Thank you.
      I was getting ready to switch to MSN’s mail because the new Yahoo mail was so bad I wasn’t even sure who I was sending mail to with all of the confused threads. I searched Yahoo for days and could find any info of how to switch back and just as I was about to give up and move to MSN I found this article.
      Much appreciated.

  2. Jenny October 16, 2013 at 3:37 am #

    I have been using Yahoo mail for over 10 years, and I have to say that these new changes might just prompt me to change e-mail providers. The new design doesn’t work: the reply button works once every 5-7 tries, the tabs function (the highlight of Yahoo mail) has been removed, and Yahoo’s response, that they are “taking into consideration” everyone’s outrage, just seems condescending.

  3. Pat October 16, 2013 at 6:21 am #

    Thank you for this – I HATE the new interface. It sucks.

    • Gary October 31, 2013 at 10:50 am #

      I thought I was only one who hate this new look.Very uncomfortable to work.I was thinking to switch too

  4. Brian Burgess October 16, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    Thanks everyone. Sounds like there isn’t much love out there for the new Yahoo interface. My mom uses it, and she was completely irritated when the change just came.

    I don’t think Yahoo should of pushed it on everyone. It would have been nicer if it was just Opt-In. I know Yahoo has done that in the past — pre Marissa Mayer.

    I have been testing out the new UI, and I have to say, it is buggy. And often times just plain slow.

    I’ve tried it on mobile devices, and in that smartphone, tablet environment it just plain sucks. It was much better the way it was on Mobile.

    The addition of adding extra security — SSL, HTTPS — which Gmail and Outlook.com have had already for some time is welcome. Merging the former Mail Plus features in to the redesign in nice, but if you want it ad-free it’s going to cost you. Over 2x the amount it used to cost for Mail Plus … If Yahoo was my main email, I would go for it…the ads are Terribly placed and for such non relevant products it drive me nuts, but I can put up with them for what I use my Yahoo Mail for — which isn’t much.

    • Nora October 16, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      I have been using Yahoo Mail Plus for many years. I HATE the new interface! It takes “forever” for the mail box to open… takes “forever” to attach even a single-page word document. For the first time, I am considering switching unless improvements are made. Everything is SO slow, and I feel the cost is outrageous.
      Nora Sewell

    • Kelly October 23, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

      So bummed, my contacts are no longer attached to the lists I assigned! I have NO contact lists. Years of data all organized is lost. So bummed. What do you think is a good alternative to Yahoo? I would rather pay and have a better experience. Yahoo seems to have no interest in fixing these issues, instead hiding behind its marketing position…some love it! I haven’t read any who love it.

    • Santosh October 30, 2013 at 12:25 am #

      Thank you so much. Basic is somewhat OK compared to new version. But is there any chance restoring the classic version? Please advise. It was proper and user friendly.

  5. John Oldham October 16, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    This new e-mail is garbage. Please switch it back.

  6. Bryan October 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Unfortunately, they have even changed the “old/classic” email so it no longer works correctly either. It is just about as slow performing tasks and it took away some of the usability that YM had just days ago.

    I switched everything to Gmail over the last couple days. I had a long run with Yahoo Mail, 15-20 years probably. Sad that it finally came to this but I just couldn’t take it anymore.

  7. Brian Burgess October 16, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Oh, another thing, my parents have a Yahoo email account and I am switching them to Google. For now at least, perhaps if Yahoo get Mail in working order, I might switch them back, but I doubt it

    @Bryan, you will be grandfathered in and still get the Ad Free experience for $19.99 / year

    New users would have to pony up $49.99

    • Jan October 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      Brian – thanks for your welcome message! The best thing (for me) to come out of the Yahoo mail disaster is that I’ve been exposed to sites like yours. Thanks for the tips!

  8. Revi October 17, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    The new version would be good if it worked but until then it is total waste of time.

    Thanks for showing how to switch back..

  9. Paul October 17, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    Hi Brian,
    Your suggested fixes are cosmetic. It’s like giving an aspirin to a gunshot victim. The main issue is the loss of tabs and ease of use.
    Something is seriously wrong with a company that foists a “gorgeous” redesign on its loyal users that strips out features, makes it harder to use and less dependable.
    I have three email addresses streaming into my yahoo account (none Gmail). I don’t want to change to another provider because it is a huge hassle but I am in the process of doing it.

    This is an epic corporate fail. I read today that Mayer made no mention of the email “upgrade” in an investor call. She has already distanced herself from this flop.

    • Guest MKII October 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      Seems to me that you are right “Paul”:
      Even after reverting back to “Classic”,
      tabs seems to be missing, and the option
      to refresh the inbox seems to be missing,
      the hideous new colors seems to be
      impossible to change :-(

      I wonder if Yahoo have tested this “update”
      properly, it does not look like it to me…

  10. Kory October 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    I am one of those folks who generally enjoys change, but in this case, I am not loving it! This new interface is awkward! I really miss the tabs! I hope they come to their senses and give you the option to revert to the classic view, as opposed to this new “Basic” view.

  11. Janet October 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    I have been using Yahoo email for over 10 years. I like the classic with not paid advertising. The new was way to hard to use and made it almost impossible for me to conduct business , I want to Thank you for showing me how to get back to Classic as I was about to move everything away from yahoo which I did not want to do. I like yahoo and I like the news feed that yahoo does but if they mess with my mail again I will likely dump them.
    I can read the newer version, it is impossible to read when you have eye problems.

  12. aijazz October 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    same here hate the new interface change for the sake of change is not appreciated yahooo people wake up before we all switch

  13. Kevin October 17, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    I was about to open an account with gmail; it was not just the new layout that was upsetting, it just did not function correctly. It did not display attachments, nor any of the check boxes nor any of the action keys i.e. delete, forward, reply, previous next etc.

    Anyway thanks for the fix. I will stick with Yahoo for now but just in case does anyone know a way to download or copy my folder to my computer?

  14. dave scott October 18, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Although it reverted back to the classic or basic look, I still can’t sort by recipient or sender.
    So they disabled something.

    This may be the last time I use yahoo….
    Really unfortunate.

  15. Peter October 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    The new layout is a disaster and has significantly impeded my professional work! Hopefully, the system can be refined to a much more user-friendly version as it is consistently frustrating to use in the current set-up.

    Reverting back to “basic yahoo” (as much as I would like to) doesn’t appear to be the solution. Several of the useful, original features seem to be dismantled. Why???

    Please refine asap!!!

    • Guest MKII October 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      @ “Peter”:

      +1

  16. cmp October 20, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    Question about 1TB
    If they clear out my email for 1yr lack of use, is there any way to get it back?
    Could be unused because of illness, death, etc

    • Guest MKII October 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

      @ “cmp”:

      Do you expect that you will need to recover you emails one year after you die ;-) ??
      If so, you have an impressive trust in future advances within medicine ;-)

  17. Deborah October 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    I hate the fonts, just everything sucks. My biggest problem with Y is the SPAM, porn, get rich quick schemes, Viagara ads…not seeing this crap anywhere else with the big guys Y!

  18. Guest MKII October 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Have tried to send yahoo feedback about the new Yahoo mail.
    This is the report I receive after clicking “Send” :

    “Sorry, the page you requested is currently unavailable.
    Your feedback is important to us. Please try again later”

    If feedback is so important to Yahoo, why has it been impossible
    for me to send them feedback for approximatively a week since I first tried…!!

  19. V Holden October 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    In the URL, if you replace the word “launch” with the word “search”, you get the old version with all its features back. I saved it to favourites, and as long as I remain signed in to Yahoo, I can get it back by clicking on the link. If I sign out, then it reverts to the new version.

    • Graham October 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

      That is what i had been doing, but they just realised that people were able to avoid the “new features that we will love” and so they plugged that workaround.

      Back to Basic view with Adblock then!

      • Gwenn October 30, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

        how do you do that? you mean there is still a way to get back to classic?

  20. Xinjiang October 28, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    The most stupid yahoo mail interface I have ever experienced since I have used if for over 15 years. The most annoying thing is those threads either in view or compose message. Yes, as one above comment said, I am often confused to whom I am sending the mail to. Worse, when I change it back to ‘basic’ in setting, it just comes back to “full featured version” when I reopen the browser.

  21. Santosh Kumar Hejmady October 30, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    Thank you. Is it possible to restore classic mail version?

  22. Ric October 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    Did the above and it doesn’t work for me. I select basic and save but it doesn’t change and when I go back to settings it is like I never changed it.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks.

  23. Elana November 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    There was also a workaround with switching to “basic” frist and then removing the “/b” from the URL, then it worked fine with all the tabs and other “old” Yahoo features for about two or three weeks. But this doesn’t work any more since yesterday (1st of Nov).

    Seems like I will be the next user leaving Yahoo – after nearly 1.5 decades of using it…

    What a pity that responsible persons at Yahoo seem to be blind and deaf for their customers needs and even yells of pain, turning a really good thing into an ugly, inefficient, unergonomical and buggy piece of crap.

  24. Josephine Baughman November 2, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    the problem I have is when you want to compose who do pull up your contacts that you can insert their name in the sent to space. If there is way I can’t find it. Please help.

  25. Brian Burgess November 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    I recently went back and tried the new Yahoo mail design, and I have to say, it still sucks. What’s the worst part — design-wise anyway is when you choose a decently cool background, they still stick the UGLIEST stupid ads to the right, and the elegance goes away. You can get rid of them if you pay $19.99 a year for Yahoo Plus or whatever they call it now…I think that’s the price.

    Well, I just use it as my “junk” email anyway…but needless to say, I did switch back to the classic view

    • Gwenn November 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

      please tell us how you got back to classic.

      i tried disabling java and that just gets me to the basic yahoo, not classic.

      thanks

      • V Holden November 9, 2013 at 9:40 am #

        In internet explorer, select “Tools”, “Compatibility View Settings”, and add Yahoo.com to the list of sites.
        If you are on the latest yahoo mail rather than the “basic” it will revert to the old interface with tabs – for the moment anyway. No doubt they’ll scupper this option as well, but it is nice to see an old friend back for the moment.

        • Gwenn Morreale November 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

          woo hoo! It finally worked! I love you too! thank you thank you thank you.

        • Elana January 14, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

          It still works! Thanks!
          Does somebody kow how to do it in Firefox?
          Thanks a lot!

  26. Melissa November 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Thank you!!!!! If I ever met you I would bow down at your feet and drop rose petals. I have been suffering for weeks and I can’t even begin to tell you how much you mean to me- whoever you are!

    I changed it back! I have my life back!!!!!

    I love you. I really do love you! <3

    • Brian Burgess November 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

      Melissa,

      Thanks you for the kind words. I know a lot of people who are users of Yahoo really hate the new design. Luckily you can still get back the old version back — at least for now!

  27. Silvia January 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    Hi Brian, it looks like your trick to go back to ‘Basic’ mode does no longer work. Any other trick we can use?
    Thanks,
    Silvia

    • Brian Burgess January 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

      Silvia,

      It still works in my account. I guess it wouldn’t surprise me if Yahoo starts to slowly phase out the option since it wants to go with the new look.

      Has anyone else noticed they don’t have the option to go back to Basic?

  28. Renron January 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Try searching your old emails……………doesn’t work anymore. Nice one guys.
    Search function used to be perfect. Now it’s FUBAR

  29. Brian Burgess January 15, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    Yeah, on the new interface I run into quirky issues all the time. Recently I’ve been getting a connectivity error when moving a message in to a folder. And the interface isn’t fluid in my experience anyway.

  30. Elana February 25, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Tabs are back at last!
    Finally Yahoo reacted, see http://yahoomail.tumblr.com/post/70487008631/yahoo-mail-tabs-are-back. There are also descriptions of other helpful features like autocomplete in the “To:” field and other.
    They also improved the search functionality and added some other features.

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