How to Remove Advertising from Yahoo Mail

The saying goes that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Because it’s a free service, many people think Yahoo Mail automatically comes with those pop-up ads by default. Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case.
Patti Croft, Author
Steph Trejos, Editor
Last updated Sep 15, 2022

Having a free email account can seem like a blessing and a curse. When you sign up for a free email service such as Yahoo, you get advertisements with it.

Often, these ads are relevant to what you’ve searched for in the past. Because you get a free account, Yahoo uses pop-up ads for the service sites and products the company owns. Once hundreds of millions of users are shown these ads, Yahoo can convert some of those clicks into dollars.

Although you may understand the reasoning behind all those ads, it doesn’t mean you like seeing them pop up in your Yahoo Mail inbox. If that’s the case, you’re in luck. There are methods you can use to remove Yahoo Mail ads, such as installing an ad blocker, temporarily hiding ads, and subscribing to Yahoo Mail Plus. Keep reading this guide to learn the steps to ridding yourself of those pesky Yahoo ads.

In this article
Install an ad blocker on your web browser
Google Chrome
Firefox
Safari
Microsoft Edge
Hide ads temporarily
Inline ads
Right-column ads
Banner ads
Pop-up ads
Get an ad-free Yahoo Mail subscription
FAQs
Bottom line

Install an ad blocker on your web browser

One of the easiest methods to use when you want to remove Yahoo ads is to install an ad blocker on your web browser. Ad blockers are software designed to remove adverts from the websites you browse.

Once installed, your ad blocker will check the site you’re loading and sort through the scripts. When the software finds any listings that match, it will block the ads from the sites.

Google Chrome

Using an ad blocker for Google Chrome is pretty simple. Once you download the extension, it does all the work for you. The instructions for downloading may differ a bit depending on the product you get, but the basics are the same. For our example, we’ll use AdBlock.

  1. Open your Google Chrome browser.
  2. Download the ad blocker of your choice. There is usually a button to click.

    A button that reads "Get AdBlock Now."
     

  3. Add the new ad blocker extension by clicking the Add to Chrome button.

    A screenshot of the Google Chrome extension for AdBlock.

    Some ad blockers are free, but some will charge. Right now, AdBlock is on an honor system where you can pay what you feel you can afford. Otherwise, it’s still free to use.

Many people use an ad blocker for Google Chrome to keep from seeing Hulu ads while streaming their favorite shows. If you pay for the basic version of Hulu, an ad blocker helps reduce the number of commercials you watch.

Firefox

You can install an ad blocker for Mozilla Firefox as you did for Google Chrome.

  1. Select the ad blocker of your choice. Download it for your browser.
  2. Once you choose your ad blocker, you’ll likely get a screen like this:
    A screenshot of the Firefox extension for AdBlock.
  3. Click Add to Firefox.
  4. You may get asked to confirm the ad blocker. Once you click Add, the extension gets added to your Firefox browser.

Safari

Safari is a little different when it comes to ad blockers. Most will require that you download them from the app store. Apple does this to protect you from any malicious software.

  1. Go to the app store and look for the ad blocker you want.
  2. Click on the GET button beside the ad blocker.

    A screenshot of the Safari extension for AdBlock.

  3. The GET button will turn green and may ask you to sign in to the app store.

  4. Once it has finished installing, you can open the ad blocker and activate it.

    Instructions for how to activate AdBlock on Safari.

  5. Once you check the boxes to activate the ad blocker, you’re all set to stop those ads.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge makes it easy to get your preferred ad blocker. You can go to a browser and download it or get it from the Microsoft Edge Add-ons store.

  1. Go to the Microsoft Edge Add-ons page.
  2. Search for the ad blocker you want to use.

    A screenshot of the Microsoft Edge Add-ons page with a search for AdBlock.

  3. Once you find the blocker you want, click on the Get button beside it.

    A screenshot of the Microsoft Edge Add-on page for AdBlock.

Hide ads temporarily

Another option you have when you don't want ads in Yahoo Mail is to temporarily hide them. There are more types of ads than you may think when using the Yahoo service. You may run into inline ads, pop-up ads, banner ads, and right-column ads. You may even have ads in folders that don’t have emails.

Remember, these are temporary solutions. They’ll work for a short time but aren’t the same as using permanent ad-blocking software.

Inline ads

These ads appear in your inbox and other folders that contain email. Use these steps to hide them.

  1. Click the three-dot menu on the right side of the ad.
  2. Select Dislike this ad.

Right-column ads

Right-column ads are some of the most annoying. These may be animated or have different colors to get your attention.

  1. To hide these, click the x or cross icon on the right corner of the ad.
  2. Click the “Block this ad” button.
  3. Choose the reason for blocking the ad.

These banner ads will appear every time you log back into your Yahoo account. If you want to remove them, you’ll need to do this every time you sign in to your mail.

  1. Login to your Yahoo Mail on your web browser.
  2. Click the arrow between your email and the ad. The ad will now be hidden.

Pop-up ads

Pop-up ads can be frustrating because they appear out of nowhere when trying to use your email. One of the easiest ways to get rid of these pop-ups is to modify your browser settings. Luckily, most internet browsers have a pop-up tool that blocks these automatically.

  1. Go to the Tools menu on your browser.
  2. On Internet Explorer, you’ll go to “Pop-up Blocker,” then “Pop-up Blocker Settings.” On Firefox, you’ll click on “Options.”
  3. For Internet Explorer, make sure “www.yahoo.com” isn’t listed under “Allowed sites” If it is, click Remove. For Firefox, select “Block pop-up windows,” then select “Exceptions.”
  4. In Internet Explorer, choose “High: Block all pop-ups.” In Firefox, be sure “www.yahoo.com” is not an “Allowed Site. Click ''OK ` to save your changes.

If you have Google Chrome, you can go to your Privacy Settings to hide pop-up ads.

Get an ad-free Yahoo Mail subscription

If you want to try the ad-free Yahoo Mail subscription, you can pay for Yahoo Mail Plus (formerly known as Yahoo Mail Pro) to get perks that don’t come with the free version. You can get these features for most mobile devices and desktops.

When you subscribe to the Yahoo Mail Plus version, you get a guaranteed ad-free interface. You can also pay monthly or yearly for your convenience. If you’re trying to decide whether the extra $5 per month is worth the cost, the following comparison may help.

Yahoo Mail Plus

$5/month

Yahoo Mail Free

$0/month

Ad-free email
Reply reminders
Declutter your inbox with domain blocking
24/7 tech support
Reply reminders
No account expiration
5,000 GB email storage
Disposable email addresses
Use any email address
Email organized automatically
One-click, easy unsubscribe
Get alerts for key emails
All attachments and photos in one place

FAQs


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Why does my Yahoo Mail have ads?

Yahoo Mail has ads because it is a free service and can gain revenue when users click on the ads and buy products.


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Does AdBlock work on Yahoo Mail?

AdBlock works well on Yahoo Mail, as long as you use a supported web browser with it, such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.


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How do I block Yahoo ads on my iPhone?

You can block Yahoo ads on your iPhone by using an ad-blocking plug-in. You can also go to your settings and toggle Block Pop-ups if it’s not turned on.

Bottom line

When you want to remove those pesky ads from your Yahoo Mail accounts, you have options. You can either temporarily hide them or permanently block them. You can also pay to get a premium version of Yahoo Mail to be sure you don’t get any unwanted ads.

We know seeing a ton of ads when you want to check your email can be frustrating. If it bothers you, it’s good to know there are ways to remove the ads for a more enjoyable online experience. You can remove ads from other services, too. Check out this guide to stop getting so many Facebook ads.

Author Details
Patti Croft
Patti Croft has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an MBA. She's also a Certified Health Data Analyst through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Patti worked in Information Technology for 16 years and loves everything tech and gadgets!