How to white list in Yahoo Mail (updated for 2022)

Yahoo! Mail is an email service launched in 1997, by the American company Yahoo, Inc, and as of January 2020, Yahoo! Mail has 225 million users.

Users are able to access and manage their mailboxes using webmail interface, accessible using a standard web browser. Some accounts also supported the use of standard mail protocols (POP3 and SMTP). Since 2015, users can also connect non-Yahoo e-mail accounts to the webmail client.

Like any email provider, Yahoo mail employs a spam filter to help protect its users from unwanted and malicious mail. If you’re finding email in your spam folder that you don’t want there, follow the steps below to help fix this. However, do note that all email goes through the spam filter first before going through other filters, so desired email may still end up in spam.

Add an email address to your Yahoo Mail white list or safe sender list

To help keep important email messages out of your Yahoo email spam folder, you can add the sender email address to your Yahoo Contacts. If a desired email message is already in your spam folder, you can use an option to train the Yahoo spam filter to not send those messages to your spam folder. If you’re still not receiving email from a specific sender, you may want to check your Yahoo email blocked sender list.

Add a Yahoo Contact

When you add a sender’s email address to your contacts, it tells Yahoo you want to receive email from that sender. This method does not guarantee messages from the desired sender won’t be sent to spam, but it’s an easy way to make it more likely the desired email will arrive in your inbox.

  1. From Yahoo Mail, select the Contacts icon
  2. Select Add a new contact
  3. Enter the sender’s information, especially the sender email address
  4. Select Save

Unmark email as spam

If a desired email message makes it to your spam folder, you can remove it from Spam and send a signal to Yahoo that you want to receive that type of email in your inbox in the future. This method doesn’t guarantee messages from that sender won’t end up in spam in the future, but it is an easy way to move the email to your inbox and train Yahoo at the same time.

From a mobile browser

  1. Go to Yahoo Mail in your mobile device’s web browser.
  2. Tap the Sidebar menu icon
  3. Tap the Spam folder
  4. Select the desired email from the sender
  5. Tap the Move icon
  6. Tap Inbox

From a computer

  1. Go to Yahoo Mail on your computer’s web browser
  2. Select the Spam folder
    If you don’t see the “Spam” folder, select More below the “Sent” folder.
  3. Open the desired email from the sender
  4. Select Not Spam at the top of the page
    The email will return to your Inbox.

Unblock an email address

  1. Select the Settings icon
  2. Select More Settings
  3. Select Security and Privacy
  4. Hover over from an email address, then select the Delete icon


Using Yahoo Mail filters does not prevent email from going to your spam folder. All email goes through the spam filter before going through other filters (source).

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119 replies on “How to white list in Yahoo Mail (updated for 2022)”

I would like whitelist Yahoo e-mail so that only certain senders will hit my inbox and everything else will go to spam or junk. I get so much spam and it’s nearly impossible to filter it out.

are you kidding?
“ask the sender to follow better email sending practices.” ????

inconceivable… that’s a lame excuse.. I’m embarassed for you yahoo…

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I take it you aren’t in cybersecurity for a living. I wouldn’t want any email provider to deliver messages to an inbox in which the sender has not configured SPF, DKIM, DMARC among several other things. It’s better to block good things than let bad things come in.

That said, I agree yahoo mail is sub par. These methods aren’t truly whitelisting anything. In the OP’s defense, the OP is merely providing a workaround that can’t hurt to try. Filters can put your mail back in your inbox, but as the OP said, that doesn’t bypass spam checks. Though on the otherhand, it’s best to limit the amount of whitelisting that is done, as it’s very easy to spoof email addresses. HENCE, the reason the OP said to ask the sender to follow better practices. It’s safer for the sender to take security precautions on their end, so you don’t expose yourself on yours.

I have tried all these thing in Yahoo. And still it goes to spam folder. Such a useless email program. I mean, what is it that it can do correctly for an IT guy like me. Why should it go to SPAM when I have white listed the address.

Like our guide says, the methods are not a guaranteed way to keep messages out of spam. The things such as adding a contact and marking as “not spam” are merely suggestions to Yahoo’s spam filtering system that you trust or want messages like that in the future. The best thing you can do is to continue marking desired messages as “not spam” or ask the sender to follow better email sending practices.

I get a lot of spam in my inbox. I only want to receive mail from people in my contact list. Everything else can go to the spam folder. Is there a way to set that up?

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