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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?

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.


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.


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.

Best Webmail Service Poll

Which webmail provider do you prefer?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      tbch i prefer yahoo cuz its quick and easier

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      wpmann 5 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 5 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

      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 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 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/ 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: can create a Yahoo! email account that ends in "" as opposed to "", 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 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!