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Free Yahoo Mail Accounts Lose Ability to Automatically Forward Emails on Jan. 1


 Free Yahoo Mail Accounts Lose Ability to Automatically Forward Emails on Jan. 1

In a move that's sure to frustrate a lot of Yahoo Mail users, owner Verizon has decided to remove the ability to automatically forward emails. The decision affects anyone who uses a free Yahoo Mail account.

As ZDNet reports, the removal of the feature happens on Jan 1, 2021. As the Yahoo Mail FAQ explains, "If your free Yahoo Mail account is set up to automatically forward emails to a third party inbox such as Gmail, those emails will stop being delivered to the third party address on January 1, 2021. You’ll still be able to view your emails in your Yahoo mailbox through your web browser at mail.yahoo.com or via the Yahoo Mail apps. Yahoo Mail Pro subscribers will not be affected by this change."




As to why Verizon decided to implement this change, apparently it's to help keep free accounts secure. The FAQ doesn't really explain how automatic email forwarding hurts security and simply says, "We regularly evaluate our products and services against current security standards and have decided to remove this feature to help ensure free Yahoo Mail accounts remain secure. The change will help us focus on building the best new features and experiences for our Yahoo Mail users."

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It will come as no surprise that you can get automatic email forwarding back by choosing to pay for a Yahoo Mail Pro account. It costs $3.49 per month or $34.99 per year. Alternatively, there's a $12 per year "Access + Forwarding" option available. Signing up for the more expensive Pro account also gets you the added benefits of no ads, faster performance, priority customer support, and no email purging regardless of how long your account is inactive.

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