Enabling Speaking Email to access your Yahoo Mail

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Q: My Yahoo won't connect

A: If your Yahoo password is not working, it may be due to increased security requirements Yahoo has placed on apps connecting. We suggest you set up an "app password" which makes this connection very secure.


Option 1 - Set up a App Password

See the instructions from Yahoo here for creating an app password which you can use instead of your normal password when asked for a password in Speaking Email. This is the most secure method of connecting.


Click here to go to the Yahoo security settings page where you can set this up.


As always, there is a catch - before you can generate an app password, you must either turn on two-step verification or enable Yahoo Account Key. (This is really pretty poor - their security record is bad enough without requiring people to download their mobile app before they can get security features!) 


Option 2 - Enable IMAP

Alternatively you can enable apps to connect via IMAP by changing a setting in your Yahoo account (shown below).



Speaking Email uses IMAP to connect to Yahoo, which is the industry standard. IMAP has a secure mode, which Speaking Email uses, meaning all data including your password is encrypted over the network. 


What is Speaking Email?

An app for iPhone and Android that reads your email out loud to you. It intelligently extracts content from emails (minus the signatures, disclaimers and threads). And it lets you action your email - archive, mark-as-read, trash, flag, reply, or forward. It can be completely by voice command, or use the large on-screen buttons or full screen touch gestures.


Who is it for?

People with blindness or visual impairment. People who are busy and run out of time to get through their inbox. People who want to make productive use of time when driving between appointments.


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