Want Old Yahoo Mail Back? Here is How to get it? [Updated]

by Venkat eswarlu on November 27, 2011

in tips and tricks

How many of you still using Yahoo Mail where Gmail and Hotmail keep releasing new features, perhaps you kept your Yahoo account active for chatting with your friends, Yahoo recently made available their new Yahoo Mail by removing Beta tag, if you don’t like the new design here is how to get back to old Yahoo Mail.

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In fact, new Yahoo mail offers quite a lot of features where users still like to use old Yahoo Mail, recently all users are upgraded to the new version and Yahoo didn’t even offers the option get back to the old one.

Getting back to Yahoo Mail Classic

Sign out of Yahoo Mail and close the Browser. Since new Yahoo Mail doesn’t support screen resolution below 1024*600 pixels, all you need to do is set your screen resolution to 800 *600.

Once you set that resolution (don’t worry, you don’t need to sacrifice screen resolution/display settings for Yahoo Mail) sign into your Yahoo mail, Yahoo detects screen resolution and shows screen resolution problem page with links at the bottom to get back to previous version for all time and for once, where you need to click on Return to a previous version of Yahoo  Mail and you’ll be automatically downgraded to the Yahoo Mail classic.

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Now change your screen resolution whatever used/set before. Whenever you changed your mind, you can switch to new Mail easily by clicking on “Get the Newest Yahoo Mail” button on right side of the page, you need to click  on Upgrade now button two times again. Remember you need to follow above procedure again to get back Yahoo Mail Classic.

Update 24/05/2013: Since Yahoo has closed Mail Classic version On Apr 30, you can still able to login to Yahoo mail and access old version. We’ve tested this method and its working.

All you need to do is bookmark the below link and visit whenever you want to access Classic version. Thanks to Islam for letting us know about it.

Link: http://us.mc1229.mail.yahoo.com/mc/welcome?ymv=0

Update 12/10/2013: Recently Yahoo Mail has turned 16 and on occasion of this Yahoo has redesigned their email service again and this time introduced conversations, disposable email address and other new features.

If you don’t like  new Yahoo Mail that looking like Gmail, you can switch to old one as Yahoo is offering the option for that too.

All you need to do hover over Gear icon, select Settings>Viewing email> for Mail version at the bottom, chose Basic and click Save button.

You’ll get old Yahoo Mail with tabs. And you can always switch to new Yahoo mail whenever you want, by clicking on link provided on top right of page. To get Basic version back, you need to follow above mentioned steps again.


{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

Béranger November 28, 2011 at 12:44 am

Disabling JavaScript has the same effect, Yahoo! Mail will suggest you the older version. Later on, you can enable JS.


Discusted with Yahell July 8, 2013 at 12:46 am

Well, I’ve tried every single “solution” listed here and as of this time NOTHING works! I am going to try to sift and download everything I want to keep to my computer, close all of my accounts with them and then Yahell can I’ll NOT use them for ANYTHING!!!!!


asmeret January 23, 2012 at 8:14 am

return my old yahoo


Maria January 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I would like to get back to the previous version, tell me how, please.


Venkat January 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm

The screen resolution method mentioned said in the article is still working.


fatima vanaki February 11, 2012 at 12:10 am

I cannot download my messenger I want to use old yahoo and old messenger


Joey Alizio Jr February 17, 2012 at 2:45 am

Hey! This Is How You Switch Back To Yahoo! Classic Mail..
Mozilla FireFox..
ThiS Is Easy And Fun…
ToolS.. OptionS.. Content..
Disable Javascript..
Boom! Go To Your Yahoo! Email..
Refresh The Page..
Switch Back To The ClaSSIc Yahoo! Mail..
That You Love The Most!

Go Back!
Don’t Forget To Re-Enable Javascript!


Waqas Ahmad December 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Thanks a lot and Love you …………..:)Joey Alizio Jr


Amit February 7, 2013 at 5:16 pm

thanks a lot,
but i am not able to chat


Venkat eswarlu February 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm

You should sacrifice either of them, want both switch to current version instead of classic, choice is yours?.


Debbie March 23, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Best info yet! The only thing is….I still wish I had my yahoo messenger in here! I used that daily. Too bad they got rid of it. I have found no way to get it back.
But thank you so much for helping with this issue! What will they think of next. I always say, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it! lol


fatima vanaki February 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I mean I want to use yahoo messenger as old one my yahoo messenger could not load.
please help me to load my messenger the same as before I try to upload yahoo messenger 11.5


chrystin angel March 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm

i cannot do the process whenever im trying to change the resolution, and i am using window vista as operating system. can anybody help me to switch to my old version of yahoo mail? thanks


salty July 30, 2012 at 2:10 am

Thank you so much for this fix! :)


Venkat July 30, 2012 at 8:07 am

You’re welcome.


samcaphnol October 25, 2012 at 4:03 am

I like internet explorer and will like to switch back


amir January 10, 2013 at 1:36 am

set your screen resolution to 800 *600
Go to yahoo mail
u will see message:

There is a screen resolution problem………..
Return to a previous version of Yahoo! Mail
Click and have fun
……….tehran time :23:36


naser January 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm



Qesmatullah January 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

i would like to return to yahoo mail beta the previous version , the new yahoo mail nether have nice interface nor messenger


leizel san pascual January 22, 2013 at 4:56 am

i want my old yahoomail version


chris February 1, 2013 at 3:43 am

thank you from germany.it works.i hope for longer.


Glenn February 20, 2013 at 12:27 am

Thank you so much it works.


Venkat eswarlu February 20, 2013 at 6:53 am

You’re welcome.


nima February 24, 2013 at 2:16 am

Thanks man i was reely looking for a way to get rid of dumpy new yahoomail but couldnt,,,,but your solution was great..its works perfectly,,


Venkat eswarlu February 24, 2013 at 5:34 pm

You’re welcome nima.


Aleks March 1, 2013 at 1:52 am

Thanks a million, hate having change imposed on me;-)


Alex March 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Thank you man you saved my time!!!


Mehreen Wahab March 24, 2013 at 2:48 am

Thanks Alot
At last I got it. This is very nice and easy method to back to older version :)


Louisa March 24, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I would like to retrieve my old yahoo email account. how can I do it as I need information urgently from that account. I cant remember my user ID.


Timothy Chan March 29, 2013 at 6:14 am

You can also keep your resolution the same / not mess with javascript at all…just sign into mail first and then goto this link:


I’ve tested this on 2 computers in the US and this works (tested on IE 10, Chrome, and FireFox).


Danu March 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm

how to downgraded swich to the Yahoo Mail classic 2013 , Yahoo stolen the button for compose, now you can just read emails with Y mail classic, if you want to compose just farward or reply an old email and change te receiver address it will work!


Krishna July 9, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Hi venkat,

No method works from now onwards yahoo fully change the skin. So it’s not possible.



Ida Bond July 10, 2013 at 8:23 am

I don’t remember asking for a change in my Yahoo mail, I want my old version back!


Venkat eswarlu July 12, 2013 at 9:12 am

There is no way of getting it back, better get used to it or switch to other email services like Gmail, or Hotmail.


Filly July 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

none of the above links are working, tried all god damnnnnnn


millicent manana July 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm

i want to go back to my old yahoo


Bennyjohny July 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm

It works, but Yahoo have prohibited it to switch, there is no option of switching to OLD Version so far!


Venkat eswarlu July 17, 2013 at 6:08 pm



duane September 2, 2013 at 5:18 am

I tried both ways they suggested, don’t waste your time neither work. They should remove this so called advice on how to get old yahoo mail back.


D September 2, 2013 at 5:19 am

The screen resolution trick does not work I tried it.


FR September 7, 2013 at 4:06 am

Yahoo has released this so you can have the option to return to basic.


jalil October 14, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Please please we need the old version as soon as possible!! we want to work


Venkat eswarlu October 14, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Jahil haven’t you noticed update I posted at the bottom of article, that’s the only way Yahoo offers to access old version.


G October 26, 2013 at 1:30 am

I tried changing the resolution to the lowest setting, this didnt work for me. Instead while in yahoo mail, I went into mail settings (upper right corner). There was an option to switch to basic mail. That fixed it for me. Hope that helps. Yahoo keeps throwing wrenches into program…………like get a life.


morris January 1, 2014 at 3:27 pm

please i tried your method but didnt work out instead is still showing the new version of yahoo.please any other solution and also am using google chrome doest it mean?


Deepak January 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I am having much problem with my latest version of yahoo. Can you suggest me some good suggestion?


shaunjohnson January 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm

If you don’t like new Yahoo Mail that is looking like Gmail, you can switch to old one as Yahoo is offering the option for that too.
This worked for me!!!! Thanks alot!!

All you need to do hover over Gear icon, select Settings>Viewing email> for Mail version at the bottom chose Basic and click Save button.

You’ll get old Yahoo Mail with tabs. And you can always switch to new Yahoo mail whenever you want by clicking on link provided on top right of page. To get Basic version back you need to follow above mentioned steps again.


BASHA RAVINDER August 11, 2014 at 6:06 pm

sir i need all my emails back and i want to forward yahoo mail recieved from abroad countries , i had worked at abroad and visited many international abroad countries


Venkat eswarlu June 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm

You should know that Yahoo knows about these links, and they might have removed them as they don’t want their users using older version.


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