How to delete all emails on Yahoo—a step-by-step tutorial

Cleaning your Yahoo inbox might be a time-consuming task if you’ve used the account for a while. Learn how to delete all emails on Yahoo as quickly as possible.
A cluttered inbox prevents you from staying organized and can contribute to inbox anxiety. You likely receive hundreds of emails per month, and many of them aren’t important but only fill up space and mess with your focus.The longer you use your Yahoo account, the more this issue grows unless you clean your inbox regularly. Unfortunately, most people amass thousands of conversations they don’t need, so they typically want to delete them in bulk.This guide will teach you how to delete all emails on Yahoo using the service’s available options.
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Can you delete all Yahoo emails at once?

Unlike Gmail, Yahoo doesn’t support a mass-delete option that would clean your inbox in one go. You can delete multiple emails at once, but even that can be laborious if you have thousands of messages.The following tutorials will show you how to:
  1. Delete multiple emails in Yahoo
  2. Archive all emails from your inbox
  3. Delete old Yahoo emails using filters

How to delete multiple emails in Yahoo Mail

Yahoo lets you make the email deletion process somewhat faster by selecting all emails on a given page of your inbox. To delete emails in batches using this method, follow these steps:
  1. Open your inbox
  2. Click the checkbox in the upper-right corner above your emails
  3. It should mark all emails on the page. If it doesn’t, click the arrow next to the checkbox and select All
  4. Click the Delete button above your inbox
Source: Yahoo screenshotAs this option only deletes emails from one page, you must repeat the process as many times as it takes to remove all batches, which is quite inconvenient. The good news is that there’s a way to declutter your inbox faster—archiving all mail.

How to archive Yahoo emails

Archiving your mail has a significant benefit over deleting it altogether—you can refer back to specific messages in the future without having them fill up your inbox. In Yahoo, it also comes with the added advantage because it lets you move all emails from the inbox to the Archive folder at once through the Clean you inbox feature. It only takes three quick steps:
  1. Place your mouse over the Inbox folder in the left-hand menu until a down-facing arrow shows up
  2. Click the arrow and go to Clean your inbox
  3. Choose Archive emails in the pop-up prompt
Yahoo will immediately start moving your emails from the inbox, though the process might take a while if you have a lot of emails. Once it’s done, you can find your messages in the Archive folder in the left-hand menu.Unfortunately, there is no option to mass delete all emails from Archive—you must remove emails in batches, as explained in the previous tutorial.

How to delete old Yahoo emails using filters

If you have outdated emails from newsletters and senders you no longer communicate with, you can remove unnecessary mail to focus on ongoing correspondence. Yahoo streamlines the process with its advanced search and filtering.You can use this feature to delete emails from a specific timeframe. You’ll still need to do it in batches, but at least you can separate specific emails you want to remove. Here’s how:
  1. Click the Advanced button in Yahoo’s search bar
  2. Under Date, click the dropdown menu and choose Custom dates
  3. Pick the timeframe for which you want to see emails
  4. Click Search
Source: Yahoo screenshotYour inbox will now only show selected mail, which you can remove by following the aforementioned deletion steps.You can also use filters to find emails according to other criteria, including the following:
  • Sender and recipient
  • Keywords
  • Subject

How to recover deleted Yahoo emails

It’s not uncommon to accidentally delete an email you need. Luckily, restoring it is easy—all you have to do is:
  1. Open the Trash folder in your inbox
  2. Find and select the email/s you want to recover
  3. Click Restore to inbox or use the Move option to place the email in a specific folder
Source: Yahoo screenshotIf the email you need is lost and you can’t locate it, you can submit a restore request. It only works for emails deleted or lost in the past seven days, so recovery won’t be possible for older conversations.That is why you should be careful about the deletion unless you’re moving away from Yahoo entirely. If you are, you should consider the provider you want to use carefully.
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Leaving Yahoo? Choose a privacy-first email provider

Yahoo seems to be losing popularity, as evidenced by its decline in revenue compared to the 2008 peak. While there have been some slight ups and downs, the overall trend is continually negative. It does not come as a surprise, as users have had numerous complaints about the service throughout the years.Whether you’ve had a poor experience with the platform or only wish to start over with another provider, choosing the best service can be challenging. Other Big Tech platforms like Gmail and Outlook might seem like obvious choices, but you should think beyond them. While they might give you some additional functions, such services share one of Yahoo’s main issues—insufficient security.A typical Big Tech platform does little to protect your correspondence from cyberattacks. Many are infamous for invading users’ privacy and profiting from their data.Users are awakening to such issues and switching to privacy-first email platforms. Such options implement numerous security measures to keep your emails safe, most notably end-to-end encryption (E2EE).

Why your email provider should support E2EE

End-to-end encryption turns all your data into ciphertext on your device. Your email travels in encrypted form until it reaches the recipient, who deciphers it using the decryption key accessible only to them. As a result, nobody else can see plaintext copies of your emails.E2EE is often combined with additional security layers to ensure more privacy:
Security measureHow it works
No-logs policyThe provider doesn’t collect and store personally identifiable data or details of your correspondence
Metadata protectionSubject lines, timestamps, and other metadata are either encrypted or completely stripped
Zero-knowledge loginThe feature lets you create an email account without revealing personal information, such as your phone number
You will not get most of these measures with a Big Tech email platform. If you want a service that offers them alongside numerous useful functionalities, Skiff Mail is an excellent choice.

Skiff Mail—safe, private, and user-friendly

Skiff Mail makes end-to-end encryption and advanced security features available to all. The platform uses a set of two separate keys to give you full ownership of your data:
  • Public key—The public encryption key is shared with the recipient and enables device-level encryption
  • Private key—The private key is mathematically related to the public key and decrypts the message without ever leaving the user’s device
Skiff doesn’t have access to your keys, so you can rest assured the provider can’t read your emails. It isn’t the case with Yahoo or other Big Tech providers, as they create the keys and store them on their servers.The Secure Remote Password protocol lets you sign up and send emails anonymously—the account requires no personal information or verification.Creating an end-to-end encrypted environment is a massive endeavor, so many privacy-first providers require subscriptions to offer such advanced features. With Skiff creating an account is free, and you’ll get everything you need for a safe and productive email workflow, most notably:
  • Two-factor authentication—Skiff uses the Authenticator app to enable two-factor authentication, which doesn’t require a phone number
  • Email and text search—Despite strong encryption, Skiff enables lightning-fast email search
  • Crypto wallet integration—Skiff lets you log in with various crypto wallets, including major platforms like MetaMask and Coinbase
  • Email organization features—You can keep your inbox in order with folders, labels, and filters
  • aliases—You can manage multiple email addresses in one inbox

Four E2EE platforms with one account

Skiff keeps your data safe even beyond emails. When you create your account, you’ll enter a secure ecosystem comprised of three additional end-to-end encrypted products:
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  • Skiff Drive gives you up to 1 TB of end-to-end encrypted storage to safeguard files of all types and comes with optional IPFS integration
  • Skiff Calendar syncs with Skiff Mail to help you stay organized and allows you to host private video meetings with the built-in conferencing tool
Skiff’s whitepaper provides more information on these platforms and their security measures. You can also find the source code on GitHub, as Skiff is open source.The above products offer cross-platform support, so you can use them with browsers, iOS, macOS, and Android devices.

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