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How to download your Yahoo Group data



Although Yahoo Groups has not been a viable forum destination for years, it was once a popular place for people to meet and converse online. Parent company of Yahoo Verizon Media will finally close groups later this year – no new content can be uploaded from 28 October and all existing content will be deleted from 14 December. If you were ever part of the discussions there, you might want to see if you can save your conversation history.

The process is a bit more complicated than it should be, unfortunately, perhaps because Yahoo was absorbed by Verizon time ago. But it is still possible to do it if you know where to look.

Search for and retrieve your Yahoo Group data


  • Click on "Groups" under "Your products"
  • You get a list of all your Yahoo Groups. Click on the three dots in the top right corner and select "Groups Download Manager".

  • The following page is the Download Manager, which will invite you to enter the e-mail address that you want to receive notification of (your Yahoo e-mail address has already been entered, but you can enter this). Yahoo will then notify you when your download is complete.

You should receive a confirmation of your request in your email. And then you wait. (If, for whatever reason, you decide that you do not want your information, there is a link in your email that will take you back to the download manager where you can delete your request.)

practice: it will probably take days before your data is displayed. I had a message history in 10 Yahoo groups (all not used for a number of years; a few almost empty). I submitted a request on October 24 and finally received an email that it was ready to be downloaded on November 3. And unfortunately you cannot request downloads from specific groups; it is an all-or-nothing process. So if you plan to download all your messages before the December 14 deadline, it's a good idea to do this quickly.


The zip file with messages from my ten groups was 774 MB in total and it took about five minutes to download. It contained a separate folder for each of the groups; each folder contained a single "message.zip" file which in turn contained a number of .mbox files.

Mbox is a standard format for exporting e-mail and the easiest way to view these files is by using an e-mail client such as Thunderbird or, if you have a Mac, the built-in Mail app. I imported one of my .mbox files using the latter and it worked quickly and efficiently. (Note for Gmail enthusiasts: There is no easy way to import a .mbox file into a Gmail account, despite the fact that Gmail exports its email in that format. There are several open-source apps from third parties who claim that you can import .mbox files into Gmail, if you want to take one of the chances.)

Note: these are only downloads for text. You receive your messages, but you do not receive attachments or images linked to them. Files and images must be downloaded separately.

Download files and images

If you have uploaded files and photos (or other images) to your Yahoo groups, you can go to your groups and download them there. Here are the instructions in brief:

  • Go to the Yahoo Groups page
  • Go to the group with your files and / or photos & # 39; s.
  • For photos, click "Photos & # 39; s" in the main menu, and click in the box labeled "Only show results of my photos."
  • Cursor over the photo you want to download and click the download icon in the lower right corner.

  • For files, click "Files" in the top menu.
  • You get a list of the available files in the group. Click on one to download it.

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