How to Delete Yahoo! Mail History


Yahoo! Mail has unlimited storage, which means all the messages you have sent and received will stay in your Yahoo! Mail account until you manually delete them. You can delete your entire Yahoo! Mail history easily, but this process must be repeated any time you receive new email.

  • Launch a Web browser and navigate to the Yahoo! login page.

  • Enter your Yahoo! email address and password and click "Sign In."

  • Click "Inbox" to load your received email messages.

  • Click "Actions" to bring up a drop-down menu.

  • Click "Select All Emails" from the drop-down menu. A check mark will appear next to each email in the inbox.

  • Click "Delete." When the "Are you sure you want to delete all the emails in this folder?" message appears, click "OK."

  • Click "Empty," directly across from "Trash," on the left side of the screen. Confirm with "OK" when asked if you want to permanently delete the trash folder. Your Yahoo! mailbox is now empty and the mail history in this account is deleted.

  • Click "Empty," directly across from "Spam," on the left side of the screen. Confirm with "OK" when asked if you are sure you want to permanently delete the contents of the spam folder.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your Yahoo! Mail account is set to save all sent messages, you will also need to delete the "Sent" folder using the same method used to clear the inbox.
  • You can set your spam folder (other folders cannot be set to do this) to delete all incoming messages immediately within the "Options" menu: Choose "Spam Protection," followed by "Empty Spam Folder," followed by "Immediately." Click "Save Changes."
  • Although you can delete your personal Yahoo! Mail history, this will not delete any copies of Yahoo! email messages that others may have saved.
  • Yahoo! Mail does not auto-prune messages, so you will need to delete your mail history whenever you have messages in your folders.

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