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Yahoo Mail Vs Gmail- Which One is better ?

The question of which e-mail service is better, Yahoo mail or Gmail is a rather hotly debated one. In this article the strengths and weaknesses of the individual services will be examined in order to try and determine which one is best for a person’s needs.

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Integration of IM and Email

One strong advantage that Gmail has over Yahoo mail is that it allows you to send instant messages to your contacts that are online quickly and easily. While Yahoo has IM as well, it is not nearly as accessible as the one found within Gmail. This is because Yahoo’s IM is separate from its e-mail service. This means that one cannot send quick chat messages in the form of e-mail to contacts and friends on Yahoo, but would instead have to open an entirely new chat bar. This, undoubtedly, would be annoying to most people.

Flexibility with Attachments

Another way in which Gmail shines is in the use of attachments. A person, once done with their e-mail message, is able to quickly and easily put up as many attachments as needed. Yahoo mail requires you to go to a separate screen in order to put up attachments, and you can only put up 5 without being required to add more boxes. Thus, Gmail seems much less of a hassle if one has to send a large amount of attachments.

Folder Organization

One area in which Yahoo mail actually does shine is in the fact that it allows better folder creation and organization. Gmail, while it allows you to label folders, keeps all your folders in approximately the same area, making organization with a large amount of folders difficult. Yahoo mail allows you to label and organize your folders how you like making the mail system better for those who require large amounts of folders that can be easily accessed.

Size of Attachments

One big advantage that Gmail has over Yahoo mail is that Gmail allows for a bigger attachment size. Yahoo mail only allows attachments up to 10mb on its free version, while Gmail allows up to 20mb on its free version. Thus, if you need to put large attachments on your e-mail, whether due to school or work, Gmail has a clear advantage over Yahoo mail.

Brand Impact

Probably one of the more important aspects of Gmail is the fact that it is considered the more “professional” of the e-mail services. People seem to have the strong belief that Gmail is the more credible of the two e-mail services and, due to first impressions being so important, Gmail is a clear winner in professional credibility.

So who’s the winner ?

Overall it seems that Gmail is a clear winner. It’s easily accessible which is very important for people who have large amounts of experience with e-mail as well as for those who are just stepping into the digital world. Gmail also allows larger attachments then Yahoo mail, which is critical for those like students or businesspeople that need to get large amounts of material to the proper place. Another, and quite possibly the biggest,  advantage that Gmail offers is that it is seen as the more professional email service. For those in the business world, such a reputation is very important.

Author Bio:- Maher is a blogger and avid social media user. He works for smsfi from where you can send free sms.

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  • florinda

    July 22, 2011, 8:27 pm

    I think Gmail is the best. But mobile verification! its not a good one I think for gmail

    • sm

      March 3, 2016, 2:35 pm

      Are you a paid servant of Yahoo? Your topic is meaningless. Competition does not exis because Yahoo mail is not usable.

  • Yahoo backlinks

    July 25, 2011, 5:10 pm

    Gmail works for me
    Because its works so fast and easy to use


  • Ray

    October 30, 2011, 7:30 pm

    I use both. They both have their strengths and weaknesses. My main criteria is it works when I need it. This cannot be said for Yahoo as it goes down, or has issues with clients, way too often. When it works, it’s way faster than Gmail, an issue for mobile users. For IMAP lovers, Yahoo’s implementation is much better. Gmail gets weird on IMAP and is a devourer of bandwidth. With Yahoo IMAP, on a client, I can’t tell the difference between POP and IMAP. It’s seamless and fast. For iPhone users, Yahoo Push works, Gmail’s is spotty and another nuisance to set up.

  • Justin Moreland

    November 12, 2011, 1:36 am

    Gmail does allow you to have nested folders, but you need to add that feature in the “Labs” section. There are a lot of really useful add-ons there. One of my favorite is the keyboard shortcuts. Pressing “c” composes an email, “r” will reply, “f” will forward, “y” will archive, “j”/”k” goes to the next/prev email, etc.

    • Yvonne Martinez

      October 16, 2016, 10:29 pm

      Yahoo has keyboard shortcuts as well.

  • MJ

    January 4, 2012, 6:56 am

    In terms of attachment and storage capacity, Gmail clearly wins…
    On the message organization aspects, I give an “A” for Yahoo mail 😀

  • Tina

    March 12, 2012, 8:14 pm

    I use both gmail and yahoo mail and I do make that stereotype that gmail is more profession looking. Gmail has most of the pros, considering it allows POP3 access without payment, however it does not give temporary/disposable e-mail services.

    The main reason why I am a bit bothered by gmail is the fact that when you make a gmail account, you can’t just make Gmail. You have other services like youtube, blogger, picasa, and other services linked to it. I find that a bit annoying.

  • John Cooke

    March 28, 2012, 1:04 pm

    I used GMAIL and it is so invasive, It reads all your personal emails and breaks so many privacy rules. It also connects all your Facbook data with GMAIL and Youtube data. It knows everything you are doing and saying and has it all stored in ONE profile for Worldwide access. I think the CIA and the Powers that be must love this.

    Get away from GMAIL. Move to YAHOO Mail.

    • John Cock

      September 9, 2013, 11:21 am

      pfffttt… seriously, Yahoo mail? and why the fuck is CIA doing here?. . . Enjoy your yahoo btw. . yahoooooooo…

  • IrViN

    May 14, 2012, 7:37 pm

    When i was in primary school, I usually used yahoo mail, for the reason it was the first mail service on the internet. I love it due to its a manageable working environment. But when i am uploading larger file in size, i hate now it’s service because it has limited offer for users. Since google has now dominating the the entire web service maybe i would create an account for that, and compare which is the best… 😀

  • Hashim Jamal

    May 15, 2012, 2:10 am

    gmail is undoubtedly the winner here, 1 more points to add is that the search in gmail is awesome with many filter options, which I didnt find in yahoo.
    Also yahoo is much slower, gives weird errors related to internet explorer sometimes, , ,

  • lacusta

    June 16, 2012, 3:39 pm

    Yahoo mail is the best !

  • Alyssa

    June 20, 2012, 6:18 pm

    I have a yahoo but my friend said to switch to gmail and I don’t know if I should. Should I take her advise or just have both?

    • Bilal Ahmad

      June 20, 2012, 8:47 pm

      Alyssa@ Use both and after using Gmail, it will be easy for you to decide.
      My favorite is Gmail.

  • BBDS

    June 29, 2012, 2:28 am

    Disagree with “Folder Organization” part.
    Gmail allows for sub-folders and Yahoo does not.
    Sub-Folders are at the very heart of organizing emails.

    Gmail is a clear winner.

    • Yvonne Martinez

      October 16, 2016, 10:30 pm

      Right click on the folder in Yahoo and it gives you the option to make a sub folder.

  • diya

    July 5, 2012, 10:36 am

    i use both, both r good.so,i can’t chose.:?

  • Anonymous20120605

    July 5, 2012, 2:23 pm

    Sorry but this isn’t an objective report at all.

    1. Do you care about privacy? Here in Europe we do. This is a con for Gmail
    2. Gmail has – in contrast to Yahoo – NOT unlimited space
    3. Gmail recently forced the users to use another design. I don’t if Yahoo does these things, too.
    4. Gmails IMAP implementation is not very good. Try to create a folder with special characters like “/” (in Thunderbird for example)
    5. ‘For those in the business world’ Are you serious? For Business you should use an address with an own domain. Such as name@company.com .

    And yes I like Gmail but this report is not fair.

  • aly

    July 5, 2012, 9:56 pm

    I totally agree he gmail is much easier to use and is AMAZING!

  • Jeremy Steele

    July 15, 2012, 7:38 am

    Good comparison, Bilal

    Personally I use my own email servers for any professional communications, but I use gmail as my backup account. I also have a few yahoo accounts which, until very recently (yesterday), I hadn’t touched in years.

    From checking out yahoo the past day – I’m actually quite impressed with their spam filtering – it seems to work much better than gmail, and the layout looks better. Themes on gmail are all fine and dandy – but they look pretty terrible, IMO.

    • Bilal Ahmad

      July 15, 2012, 4:54 pm

      Jeremy@ I have not tried yahoo yet. Actually i am comfortable with Gmail.

  • Adele

    July 15, 2012, 10:37 am

    I have been using Yahoo since I first got online ten years ago and it has given me very few problems. Gmail is a big pain because you need a new account for every youtube channel and now it is getting my yahoo recovery e-mail mixed up with itself so it is impossible to access the gmail account I was sort of using for business purposes. It is a mess! I would get rid of all my gmail accounts right now if it wasn’t for my youtube channels!

  • Ana

    August 3, 2012, 1:18 am

    Some of the claims in this report are not correct..
    I use Yahoo and Gmail.
    Yahoo mail attachment is actually 25mb for FREE users, which I am, not 10mb as stated in the article.
    Yahoo is less intrusive and lets you use your email as intended…an email.
    One thing I dont like about Gmail is that it links you to too many other services and makes your information avaliable by default, unless you go through all the settings adding “NO” and “Private”, not very fair to regular jo bloggs.

  • Homer

    August 3, 2012, 2:00 pm

    I also use both!

    The only reason I say Yahoo is better is the folder support. I suppose a lot of people may not worry about this but I like to organise my inbox and sent mail into seperate folders which is so easy in Yahoo. There are keyshortcuts and multiple messages can be moved at once.

    With Gmail you have to use labels and a TPC like Thunderbird to easily move multiple emails around.

    I’m sure it doesn’t bother that many people but I hate colour coded messages stacked up in the Sent Items in Gmail. You can copy to the label “folder” but can’t “move” them. If you delete from Sent Items after moving to a label the message is erased. Not cool.

  • SM

    August 30, 2012, 10:49 am

    I use both. Mostly Yahoo until recently and using Gmail more often now for an account with my own domain (this is a a big pro for Gmail, allowing a user to create an account using a unique domain name; the true professional way!)

    There’re quite a few things I’m missing Yahoo when using Gmail:

    1) Yahoo opens each message as a tabbed page, allowing you to move between messages or drafts freely w/o having to closing anything. Gmail does not have this, which I really miss.
    2) Yahoo and Outlook automatically tags a message once it has been replied to. This helps a lot for you to keep track of the messages. Gmail does not have it, sadly.
    3) Both services allow you to add several external accounts within the Gmail or yahoo account, so that you can send/receive emails of your own domain within Gmail or Yahoo. While Yahoo handles this seamlessly, Gmail has two big problems: a) the emails for the external account gets into Gmail a lot more slowly; b) if your recipient uses Outlook, your email will be shown as “From”xyz@gmail.com on behalf of name@company.com” (this may not show until the recipient replies or forwards your message). This is very annoying since it defeats the purpose of using a “professional” address with your own domain.
    4) Searching for old emails: I used to hate yahoo Mail’s Search function: slow and imcomplete. Now I hate Gmail’s Search even more, which is ironic, considering Google’s strength in search. It is fast and misses a lot of messages!

    If I’m forced to choose ONE, I’ll choose yahoo in a second.

    • Bilal Ahmad

      August 30, 2012, 1:08 pm

      SM@ Thanks for such a detail comment. It will help other users to decide which one has more features.

  • Julie Dubel

    September 12, 2012, 8:21 pm

    I agree with Bilal about the search engine in gmail. I have a listserve that sends me hundreds of emails a week, and when I search for emails that I KNOW are there, they never come up on gmail. Also, even though I have created all of these folders, when I go to them, they are empty. Maybe this is a human factors issue (too difficult to get what you set up to work), but it makes all of this so-called organization useless, so now I just have 2000 messages thrown into one box, and cannot ever get any data out unless I go to my work computer. Of course, that defeats the purpose for purchasing the Ipad to take to court. And sometimes the font on my Ipad is so small I cannot even read the emails. I am seriously considering switching to my yahoo account for this data. Love to hear people’s opinions on this.

  • Blake

    October 26, 2012, 2:54 pm

    I’m not sure if you wrote this in the time that Gmail had larger attachments, but Yahoo allows 100mb attachments whereas Gmail allows 25MB. I still prefer Gmail for the most part.

  • Bahadur

    November 7, 2012, 12:47 pm

    Yahoo mail is horrible. I don’t receive emails at all, not even activation emails when I open en account on some other site. The only emails I receive is about yahoo products and yahoo answers. I’ve opened several yahoo accounts hoping at least one would work. But so far none has. So don’t use yahoo mail. It’s worse than the worst.

  • Eno

    November 11, 2012, 11:29 pm

    Yahoo is got a lot of spam! I work in an internet cafe and someone comes to read that important msg and they have to scroll through the junk msgs just to see THAT message. Sometimes an important msg arrives in the spam but for Gmail, you never loose an important msg to the spam folder and you can even set it to delete spam after two weeks or a month.

    Some days yahoo customers are not able to login, it always says something along invalid id or password.

    Signing up is too easy for gmail and personalised to sending a confirmation code to your phone except for yahoo. Many customers of yahoo bitch about their accounts getting hacked into, which is very rare for gmail cse you will have to present 8 characters or more for a password and they wont the silly (name123) passwords.

    If you printed an email: Gmail has a better outlook on the paper, very smart except yahoo which is all over the paper.

    If you have a low internet connection you instruct Gmail to load the basic html view except for yahoo which will try to load the default view and fail at it. If you already customized yahoo mail to default view, there is no turning back to a classic.

    Also Gmail never expires even when you take a year to login except for yahoo that still/used to expire(s) after four months of non use then you will have to loose all your stuff because its reactivated and formatted.

    If you are pro i suggest you use Gmail

    • Bilal Ahmad

      November 12, 2012, 11:50 am

      Eno@ Thank you for a very brief comment.

  • VFX

    December 6, 2012, 5:49 pm

    I like the yahoo because of tabs , when u writing something you can switch to your inbox , open several mail and they all open in small tabs within mail

    I like gmail because of attachments Thats ALL , cause i don’t see nothing better than yahoo there

  • Jim

    December 13, 2012, 5:12 pm

    Yahoos newest cram it down your throat email change makes Gmail the clear choice

  • Taswir Haider

    January 21, 2013, 1:03 pm

    I think,Yahoo is good but Gmail is better than Yahoo.

  • Raven

    February 2, 2013, 11:06 pm

    I have probably created around seven or eight Yahoo! Accounts back when I was six-years-old and first started using the internet ( I was a smart kid ). Just this year I decided to make two Gmail accounts to try that out. I do love Gmail because it gave me easy access to Youtube, although Google + is very annoying to me. But Gmail isn’t only for mail, it seems to be for tons of other uses too. While I find it sometimes convenient, I dislike the idea of my daughter having it. I think that Gmail is best for teenagers adults. I think that Yahoo! mail is the best for starters. It’s the first mail account I used, and will be the first that my daughter uses… Just because I believe it’s better because it doesn’t connect to other activities that make things more public, it’s a more private or unnoticeable account. So Yahoo! is best for starters, and Gmail is best for those who are more experienced in the world, and most likely 15-years-old or older.

  • abcd

    March 2, 2013, 7:58 am

    yahoo is best gmail sucks

  • sweeta

    March 8, 2013, 3:15 am

    I like both. Yahoo and Gmail. I use both at times and I think both of them provide equally better service. I love Yahoo’s interface though, look very neat and clean, whereas gmail interface looks clutter and disgusting. I love folders over labels. I like the 2-point verification in gmail but then yahoo also has 2-point verification for you to choose. One smart thing yahoo does is notify you to change the password and blog the intruder at the same time. Some intruder recently tried to hack my account by clicking on the security question but yahoo blocked the option and notified me by text to change the password immediately. This is really cool. The other thing I like about yahoo is the alias. I can chat with anyone and the person won’t even come to know about my real username. The other thing I like about yahoo is it does not target adds based upon my email conversation, which is really creepy when it comes to gmail. With yahoo you can also set the preferred default location which gmail does not provide. Gmail only provides with IP address and locations for all the activities. One thing I love about gmail is their search option its amazing to find all the email no matter how old they are. However, yahoo is also great in that part because it stacks email according to years, conversations, sent, to and attachments. As I was a primary yahoo user I always get back to yahoo after switching to gmail. I first thought to make gmail my primary email but gmail intrudes our privacy and so I prefer yahoo over gmail. Although both are good.

  • marathimatrimony

    March 9, 2013, 12:11 am

    first i have created e-mail on yahoo.com that days gmail is not that popular but nowdays gmail is also very popular right now i am using gmail for mail

  • 土木坛子

    June 13, 2013, 8:38 pm

    I think Gmail is the best email service provider so far.

  • Annette

    July 19, 2013, 1:55 am

    Why use gmail or yahoo?? There is no single free email service on-line, which would not try to racketeer your personal information one way or the other. Free email services also use use the cloud, which puts everyone in danger from hackers.

    Why so many people fall for the ‘free’ internet services is beyond me. If you want every word in your email filtered by government and advertisers, go ahead and follow the rest of the sheep and continue to spend your 5 bucks on your daily cappuccino and cheap out not spending 10 or 20 bucks a year on a private secure encrypted email service..

    I will only use private email services including hush mail and my-edu-email.com for privacy, professionalism and student discounts. ;))

    If I receive an email from some company who are using a yahoo, gmail, M$ email or some other freebie email service that does not reflect the company name, I know that they are not worth doing business with.

  • Dr. Vijay

    August 21, 2013, 10:08 pm

    Since beginning and fro last 10 years I am using yahoo mail
    service. It was heavy to load initially but no other
    option was there. Google came then but ymail kept updating
    Now with advent of windows 8 ymail shifyed focus
    on simplicity and prefered cleaner looks.

    U can now attach larger files though.
    Only one problem, after login from IE screen
    asks to update to firefox or ssfari. Time will
    heal that also. Yahoo news are good post logout.
    I love ymail.

  • emma

    June 9, 2015, 4:33 am

    I love gmail so much

  • Nik

    October 11, 2015, 3:03 am

    I use both and I much prefer Yahoo! I like Gmail’s tabs but it doesn’t allow you to create custom ones which sucks. I find I’m much more organized with Yahoo and I feel like, despite what people tell me, the spam filter on Yahoo is much better. Everything is always filtered the way I set it up while in Gmail I still get near constant spam infiltrating my main box.

  • Adam

    January 9, 2016, 3:43 am

    Gmail sucks. Whenever I try to access Gmail from a different computer or from using Wi-Fi, it locks my account because the stupid programme thinks somebody is trying to hack my account. Gmail is totally useless when I am travelling because I try to access messages using computers located in business class airport lounges or using Wi-Fi. I cannot access Gmail when I am in a different country. It tells me a temporary access code will be sent to my mobile phone. I do not use mobile phone in some foreign countries because roaming charges can run very steep. I can never access Gmail when I need to access email. Another problem with Gmail is that important messages might not land in my inbox. Months later, I would find that Gmail took control of my account and directed some messages to various folders called promotions, updates, and other nonsense. For example, when I sent a private message to a colleague asking for recommendation letter for my job promotion, he immediately replied, but I did not get the message because the stupid Gmail programme assumed it was promotional email because the subject contained the word ‘promotion’. Flight change messages from airlines end up going to a folder names ‘updates’. All this without my knowledge or consent. On my iPhone, I can’t simply delete a message in inbox by using the delete button. First, I need to ‘move’ it to trash folder to delete it. I can’t understand why anybody would use Gmail when you have little control over you email and it cannot be easily accessed from other computers and in other locations. The mail interface of Gmail sucks too. Why couldn’t it be simple to click of reply button when replying to a message? Why all the complicated dialogue boxes?

    I love Yahoo mail. First, it is easy to use. It does not play tricks on me. It does not send important messages to some unknown folder without informing me it did so. I have no problem accessing Yahoo mail in foreign countries, in airport lounges, and in various locations using Wi-Fi or other internet connections. On the downside, Yahoo mail loads slowly when using a slow-speed internet service because of the ads and there is more junk mail to deal with. But, it is reliable and I don’t have to worry about accessing it when I need to access important messages.

    • Bilal Ahmad

      January 10, 2016, 11:54 pm

      Adam@ Your points are valid and sometime it annoys me too. Thanks for your review on both.

    • Adam

      September 3, 2016, 11:06 pm

      I have changed my opinion. Yahoo Mail sucks too. I changed password when repeatedly prompted by Yahoo. At first, the password worked, but the next day it stopped working. There is no help available at all when Yahoo mail fails.

  • aschalew desta

    March 10, 2016, 12:56 pm

    in some extent i would like to prefer gmail because it is fast and easy unless i use both mails

  • Wai Chi Hang

    March 29, 2016, 3:39 pm

    I wish i can have a button to change my yahoo email to gmail, cause my yahoo email always been hacked, for many many times, but my gmail stay strong since the first day i use it, im actually moving to gmail step-by-step

    • Bilal Ahmad

      March 30, 2016, 1:50 pm

      Wai@ You should be using Two-step verification to secure your yahoo account. Here is the instruction https://help.yahoo.com/kb/SLN6050.html and always use a strong password. A strong password should look like this sfGs3G?)4F that contains symbols, numbers, capital and small alphabets.

  • BB

    April 1, 2016, 11:13 am

    I’m just happy to get away from snail mail!! I use either email program for ‘mail’ only. I like Yahoo’s rather straightforward, uncluttered mail interface and navigational features; with gmail I have to search for even the most frequently used links etc. I don’t spend time organizing email(though I probably should) because Yahoo’s mail-search is great

  • Sammy

    May 18, 2016, 2:44 pm

    #gmail works for me…. …thumbs high !!

  • Blue

    July 24, 2016, 3:33 am

    Yahoo may suit users but if you are running your own mail server or have medium size web company and want to send your users regular mails or transactional mails then yahoo fails miserably. I have a site and i have blacklisted yahoo mail ids for signups. I have pushed all my users to gmail. And nobody is complaining. Yahoo blocks servers with its weird spam control filters. This hurts genuine website owners. If you are a professional web developer then you will know which is a superior user friendly webmail service provider. I have written to yahoo customer care and they were very nice but they cannot do anything as the spam filters are very strict. Plus if you have not known about google apps then you have really missed something. Yahoo ids also are regularly hacked. Never login to yahoo id from airport or public places, you will regret it. Chrome with gmail is also the best browser combo only caution is that you do not login and search else you will be marked for google ads :-). I have moved away from yahoo because they are not pro business and they do not care if your server is blocked. I have known many cases where in the yahoo users do not receive the mails in time and sometimes even never receive it. Gmail is superior pro business webmail service provider.

  • Yvonne Martinez

    October 16, 2016, 10:19 pm

    While Gmail is definitely better in most ways, I cannot agree with the professional one. I have never received Spam that wasn’t from a Gmail account. As a professional myself, I don’t see yahoo or gmail as professional since they are both free email servers. But, if I were to trust one over the other as being from a legitimate person, I would have to go with Yahoo.

  • h

    November 8, 2016, 6:53 pm

    Feature wise yahoo is way better. Few list of features not present in gmail:
    – continuous scroll inbox
    – email separated by date
    – mark as read dot
    – adding another email account easily (no POP)

  • h

    November 10, 2016, 1:42 am

    Gmail lacks many features which are present in Yahoo mail:

    – ‘mark as read/unread’ dot, ‘delete’ button and ‘search’ button besides ‘star’ button

    – on searching specific email id, sorting mails in to ‘To’, ‘From’ and ‘All’ in tabs

    – continuous scrolling inbox

    – automatic date separated mails

    – sorting mails by new date on top, oldest date on top, sender, unread etc

    – well defined ‘From’, ‘To’, ‘CC/BCC’ fields area

    – adding another email account easily

    – multitasking tab email view

    There are more.

  • fred

    February 26, 2017, 9:43 am

    Gmail is shit. Gmail made me do a horrible mistake. I forwarded AN email to boss, but the title was hidden by default so could not change it and lost my job. Never use this piece of shit. One who designed gmail are idiots. They think users are IT expert and know each and every feature of their piece of shit in details. Don’t be fooled by their offerings of big data, big attachements etc. otherwise you will pay the price some day, just like me. These idiots added so many features in gmail with hidden complexities. Go for a simple email system. In my opinion, yahoo mail does not boast for big things like shitty gmail but delivers something simple and comprehensible.


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