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Gmail vs Yahoo Mail

Updated on September 30, 2014

Which is the Best Webmail Provider?

Google and Yahoo are both huge internet companies which compete in a lot of areas, including free webmail service. When Gmail was launched back in 2004, lots of people moved to Google's new, convenient email platform. Yahoo! answered by redesigning their own e-mail system and offering more space and features than they did before.

Both companies offer great free email accounts now, but there still are many differences between the two (Google's labels versus Yahoo! Mail folders, vastly different interfaces and so on). Do you like Gmail or Yahoo! Mail more, or perhaps you need help deciding which one is better? Read the comments from many different people in the discussion below and add yours, or scroll down to read more about the services provided by Google and Yahoo! first.

Gmail vs Yahoo Mail Discussion

Is Gmail or Yahoo Mail a better email provider?

Gmail is better!

Gmail is better!

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    • Anonymous 20 months ago

      I prefer G.mail any time. It never fails, it is quick and discreet. Yahoo Mail is unreliable.

    • escribidor 3 years ago

      if you create a gmail account you have access to all google services!!

      take a look to my lense: http://www.squidoo.com/the-best-browsers

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      GMAIL is da BEST!!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      For the moment Gmail is much better because Yahoo has screwed up again and released a new version full of bugs and incompatible with Safari, Opera, iCab, and others. If you have a Mac, and don't use Firefox 24, you are relegated to a primitive form of yahoo mail that they call "Basic" - one that I never saw before in all my years of using yahoo mail. Of course Gmail will probably do something equally crazy soon.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Gmail by far. But my opinion is biased cuz my boyfriend works for Google.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Gmail is boss.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Gmail is the better provider.

      Yahoo pushes their Yahoo Plus service far further than would seem reasonable to any human. Forwarding and IMAP being blocked until the user decides to shell out $20 a year is just stupid. For that much money, you can buy yourself a custom domain and set up your own email server. TWO custom domains, that you bought through Google.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yahoo,

      Whoo!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I used to have yahoo and even paid so I could still get my POP. Found out Gmail doesn't charge for POP or IMAP so I decided to switch and have yahoo forward to Gmail. That has been perfect, at least for now. My mail is still being forwarded even though it seems that now you have to pay for that too.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Gmail is much much better. I never get any spam in Gmail, but in Yahoo mail I get more spam than not. With a Google account, you get access to all the other Google products such as Drive, YouTube, Voice, Calendar, Talk, Google+, Blogger, SketchUp Warehouse, etc.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      harder. better. faster. stronger.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Nugget

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      You have to pay for mail forwarding on Yahoo. Gmail has mail fetcher and stuff. I'm not paying $19.95 a year for that when I can get it for free with Gmail.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      GMAIL. DEFINITELY. 100%. As a student, I use email as my main communication tool to discuss homework, projects, etc. As such, over a short period of time, I send and receive more than 100 emails. While I'm out and about or overnight, I can receive about 100 more emails as my other group members discuss among themselves. Thus, my needs for an email system is...quite a big thing.

      - Threaded view: Many projects happening at a single time and to keep track of all the emails regarding one single topic is a tough nut to crack. Yahoo does not provide this while Gmail provides it. Need I say more?

      - Quick receiving of messages: Many a times my group is online at the same time and we shoot of emails really quick. During the week I tested Yahoo, I realised that it can take about 5 minutes to receive an email from a group member...whereas in Gmail it is a lot quicker.

      - Good UI: I'm in my inbox day in and day out. A good UI that is easy to navigate will save me a lot of time. And Yahoo... *cough* doesn't have the best UI.

      - Searching: Gmail, being owned by Google, the web search giant, has a way better and more advanced search which is BIG.

      - Filtering: I don't only use my email for schoolwork and I filter subscriptions to appropriate folders while schoolwork takes my inbox. Sometimes I only one a certain part of a subscription. Filtering in Gmail is better than anything. I can filter by subject, body, label, etc. which is a big thing for me.

      - Spam: Ugh. Yahoo's spam tech is really suckish. Legitimate emails (even from my CONTACTS) are marked as spam while spam is marked as legitimate.

      Just a small snippet of the reasons why I prefer Gmail.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      GOOGLE! Yahoo's ads slow down the browser and are really annoying. Gmail does not have ads. You get your email, not invitations to meet singles in your area every time you want to view mail. And Gmail does a MUCH better, far and away better, job of filtering SPAM. Creating filters is an option with Gmail and "starring" a message is easier seen with Gmail as the star is in front of the messgae. making it easily seen. With Yahoo it is on the right side and you must expand your page in order to see it- not a user friendly format. Gmail, as a whole, is more user friendly than Yahoo. I still have my Yahoo address but have them forwarded to Gmail -YEP you can do that!- I would not use Yahoo as my main source email because it is full of ads and not user friendly like Gmail.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Gmail. It's not only email, but task manager, docs, feed reader.... all in 1 single login ;). i'm used to it.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Ich denke, dass Google Mail besser ist, weil es schon seit mehr Jahren.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I say THAT i don't know!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Gmail is way better

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I cannot see how anyone in their right mind could state that Yahoo is better than Gmail. In any way. I have both accounts and the only reason I still have Yahoo is because Yahoo wants me to pay them so I can transfer and forward my messages to Gmail. The only thing those leaches are better at is blackmail. But I don't blame them, I guess that's the only thing they can do to keep some of their users. Yahoo is the thing of the past, and we will all remember it dearly. -.-

    Yahoo! Mail is better!

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      • anonymous 20 months ago

        yahoo!

      • vasanth 2 years ago

        When comparing to gmail yahoo is more secured and its speed ,functionality is excellent,awesome themes,more storage space for emails,yahoooooooooo is simply superb

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Yahoo

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        YAHOO IS WAY BETTER THAN GMAIL, One of the reasons is that i am one of the many gmail users who lost access to their inboxes as their accounts were accidentally reset. This never happened to yahoo users !

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Why use gmail or Yahoo?? There is no single free email service on-line, which would not try to racketeer your personal information one way or the other. Free email services also use use the cloud, which puts everyone in danger from hackers.

        Why so many people fall for the 'free' internet services is beyond me. If you want every word in your email filtered by government and advertisers, go ahead and follow the rest of the sheep and continue to spend your 5 bucks on your daily cappuccino and cheap out not spending 10 or 20 bucks a year on a private secure encrypted email service..

        I will only use private email services including hush mail and my-edu-email.com for privacy, professionalism and student discounts. ;))

        If I receive an email from some company who are using a yahoo, gmail, M$ email or some other freebie email service that does not reflect the company name, I know that they are not worth doing business with.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        >Yahoo! mail has way (but really a lot) better IMAP support, faster and more reliable.

        >gmail arises several privacy issues (it links by default to EVERY page that you happen to visit)

        >yahoo allows for tabbing between several mails/drafts at once

        >unlimited space

        >no mail expiration

        >attachments up to 100mb

        >trainable Spam filter

        >better linking to alternate mail accounts (try the same at gmail, it is a pain)

        >yahoo allows organizing mails in different folders and set up filters for them, gmail only has labels but leaves everything in the same physical folder.

        >nicer interface

        >ironically gmail search is worst; while the one from yahoo is deadly slow it at least finds what I wanted while google misses a lot, that's because gmail only searches in the subject not mail body, WTF!?

        >yahoo allows sorting mails by sender

        >straight to the main point: be an email client nothing more nothing less.

        that all in the free version (never tried the pro one, for what)

        to summarize, especially the first point is a winner for me. I use external email clients and you really see the difference, gmail mess up the configuration every time.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        yahoo rocks

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Yahoo is WAY better. It is way more private than Gmail.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I suppose it's just a matter of taste... I know that Gmail is certainly the MORE POPULAR of the 2 right now; The one that's more in vogue; The one that's considered "Cooler" (which, the older I get, just seems more & more frivolous a distinction). But for my dollar (and I'm aware there isn't one, as they are both free services), I'll take Yahoo any day. To me, the interface is clearer; more elegant, logical & robust. I like that it behaves like a standalone mail client, with tabs, folders, a preview pane, etc. Contrast this with Gmail, which looks like Design was never much of a consideration at all. To me, it just looks like plain text on a page; kinda like Craigslist (perhaps a SMIDGEN better-looking, but not much). I suppose if that appeals more to your aesthetic sensibility, then so be it, but to me Yahoo just LOOKS better. I consider its interface to be LIGHT YEARS ahead of Gmail. It is a very sophisticated product. Does it have its problems? Yes, of course. But they all do. People frequently complain about spam with Yahoo. This can be a problem, I suppose, but for me, problems with spam have more to do with how long that address has been in use, and HOW it's been used than anything else. If you've signed up for numerous newsletters, and used the address online a lot, then youâre going to get more spam. Iâll admit, every once in a while, a few spam messages manage to squeak by the Yahoo spam filter, but by marking those messages as spam & not simply deleting them, Iâm helping Yahooâs spam filter learn & better distinguish spam from legitimate messages. I had a Gmail account (had it from 2004, when they first came out, and finally killed it in March of this year, when Google changed their privacy policy) that was FILLED TO THE BRIM with spam! I'm talking something like 10,000 or more unread messages (it was a designated "Junk Mail" account - where I got all my purchase receipts & newsletters sent, so that I didn't have to have all that stuff directed to my primary account), and the spam just sort of took over. So spam can become an affliction regardless of which service you use.

      • BryanLSC 5 years ago

        Still using Yahoo! Been using it for the past decade... Used to it...

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Honestly, I have had both Gmail and Yahoo! but it seems like Gmail has a lot of options and freedom however privacy does raise a concern. Yahoo!'s layout, simplicity, and all together feel makes me more comfortable unlike Gmail.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Have been using Yahoo mail for years now. Very unhappy since I cannot receive email from gmail users. Nobody seems to know a cure. For now i'll stick to Yahoo.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Yahoo is functional and clear. Gmail just seems like a mess, with too much going on. don't like it. don't like it!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        yahoo yahoo yahoo..................

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Yahoo is better

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I use Yahoo plus, 19.95 once a year well worth it. I also use gmail d/t my android phone. I like the fact that you can filter on either one. The reason i made yahoo plus my main email program deals with the disposable email addresses to avoid spam using a tool called Address Guard. I create disposable addresses, and if I want to stop the email to that I address si just delete it. I have one for just internet orders, one for my online bills, one for travel emails etc. True I could just use a label filter on gmail, but I am still giving out my primary email, or the one other email gmail allows you to have.

      • Jack2205 6 years ago

        I use Yahoo. I haven't tried Gmail yet.

      • moonlitta 6 years ago

        Actually I don't know which is better, but I'm more used to my Yahoo mailbox; I don't mind the ads since I actually read lots of them and they provide me with some distraction and rest from doing things because I HAVE to.

      http://mail.google.com/
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      About Gmail

      Gmail is a free e-mail service provided by Google since April 1, 2004. As of June 2012, it had an impressive 425 million monthly users. Gmail offers 15 GB inbox storage space for free, which is also shared with their Google Drive service. It supports POP3 and IMAP protocols and allows you to use your Gmail account with a desktop email client (such as Windows Mail). You can also create unlimited filters and labels to sort your messages the way you want.

      Gmail has a number of innovative features, such as the Conversation View which groups related messages together for more convenient viewing, or the Priority Inbox which puts more important emails at the top. Gmail Labs offer even more experimental features to further tweak the way your email works.

      Gmail is currently integrated with all Google services, such as Blogger, Youtube, AdSense, AdWords, Docs,and others - you need an account to be able to use them.

      Homepage: http://mail.google.com

      http://mail.yahoo.com/
      http://mail.yahoo.com/

      About Yahoo! Mail

      Yahoo! has been offering a free webmail service since 1997. It had 281 million registered users as of December 2012, which makes it one of the most popular web mail providers. Y! Mail went through numerous redesigns over the year. The current modern Ajax-based interface allows fast switching between email and Yahoo! Messenger, easy message sorting and quick access to popular applications.

      Yahoo Mail is integrated with various Yahoo services, such as Pipes (probably the best RSS tool online), Answers, Groups, Calendar, and others. One of its best features is the ability to create instant, disposable email addresses to avoid spam and easily sort promotional messages.

      Yahoo also offers a paid webmail service called Ad Free Mail which currently costs $49.99 a year. It removes all advertisements and your account never goes inactive.

      Homepage: http://mail.yahoo.com

      My Personal Preference

      I still use both, but I prefer Gmail... And here's why:

      1. Unlimited filters: these really help to sort and process incoming emails. Yahoo also offers filters, but only a limited number of them.
      2. Better interface: largely a matter of taste, but I prefer the look of Gmail because it's more modern and shows more content compared to Yahoo.
      3. Spam filters: I have to admit that Yahoo's spam filters have gotten a lot better lately. However, Gmail still has a lower rate of false positives, and I don't even remember the last time it let a spam message through.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          tbch i prefer yahoo cuz its quick and easier

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Yahoo does have another extension. I use it in my Yahoo mail. It ...@ymail.com. I don't see it used much, and I am questioned a lot about if I meant @yahoo. com.

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          wpmann 4 years ago

          Good summary of the differences between Gmail and Yahoo Mail. I sometimes have to explain the differences between the two to my students and this will make a handy reference.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: seriously, who judge professionalism from the choice of a webmail needs a therapy. For business one should use a company own mail server like mail@company.com

          I'm under the impression that the yahoo spam filter learns way faster than that in gmail; the first sucks at start but is quite accurate once set up while the later has a good starting point but is slow adapting.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Yahoo has become a real, real pain in the neck and requires that one logs in with e-mail address and password Three Times a Blessed Day!

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          serhii-knyr 4 years ago

          have you checked eeemail.net ? eeemail.net can export contacts from gmail as well as to extract all email addresses

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Something else to consider with Yahoo plus is that you can send larger attachements and folders with yahoo plus. And for a photographyer like me, that comes in very handy.

          And I can make a business address, as well as a junk address, and my pesonal address, and get to if from the same screen. (you can use the yahoo toolbar that will allow you to select yahoo mail as your default email. So, this is something to consider.

          Plus, they are better with the ads with the plus, scan the email attachments with Norton, and show you they do, and they are not scanning my emails, nor depositing spyware that they feel they have a right to because you are usning a free service. (See, Free is not really "Free", who do you think pays yahoo of you don't? They are not a charity or non profit service, right?) I prefer to pay for my service, and know what I am getting.

          And Hotmail/Live.com is better then it use to be, I will admit that. But the CPU requirments for the Live Essentials is more demalding that my Netbook. And freezes at times. So, I must use something else. And it can not be used on XP.

          Take care you all.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: ...you can create a Yahoo! email account that ends in "ymail.com" as opposed to "yahoo.com", for a more professional look to the email.

          It's been like that for almost two years.

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          WebGenova 5 years ago

          gmail is awesom, but also mail.com is fast and plenty of storage.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          To my mind, both Hotmail and Yahoo addresses are unprofessional - they're all right for exchanging emails between family and friends, but that's it. In fact, I'm bemused as to why Yahoo hasn't set up a different system that doesn't have 'yahoo' in the name - sorry, but that's a childish word to have in any email address, and no-one is going to take it (or the user) seriously.

          Chadrew's post sums up why I like email, but there's one other quality that tackles Kidatply's justification for using Yahoo (which seems to show some confusion about how Gmail handles spam). Kidatply says:

          "I have one for just internet orders, one for my online bills, one for travel emails etc. True I could just use a label filter on gmail, but I am still giving out my primary email, or the one other email gmail allows you to have."

          Gmail allows you to set up as many email addresses as you like, and if you don't want to keep it, then just delete it. However, to avoid spam, it's far easier to just right-click on the spam message and just tell Gmail to mark it as spam, and then send everything that arrives from that address in future to the bin. Address Guard sounds a lot more fiddly to use, and even if it did work, it certainly wouldn't be worth paying 19.95 for something that Gmail provides free!

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