How To Remove Inactive Yahoo Emails From Your List

On Monday, July 15, Yahoo will be closing all email accounts that haven’t been logged into in 12 months or longer. Yahoo will then release these addresses for the public to claim.

This change will gives you the opportunity to claim a Yahoo email that you always wanted. However, this could also affect some of the addresses on your own email list. Those subscribers who haven’t been active for 12 months won’t be valid after Monday. This can cause all kinda of problems for you. Here’s what you need to do to protect yourself.

Unsubscribe All Unresponsive Yahoo Addresses

Yahoo email addresses on your list that haven’t opened an email from you in 12 months are very likely to be among those released. Other people who are not on your list are very likely to claim these addresses. If the addresses are still on your list, the new owners will start getting your emails or newsletters.

The new owners won’t expect your emails. They will either unsubscribe or mark you as spam. The latter can negatively affect whether ISPs such as Gmail and Outlook accept your emails. If the released addresses go unclaimed, your emails to those addresses will bounce. This can also impact your deliverability.

How To Clear Old Yahoo Addresses From Your List

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Step 1 – Find The Yahoo Emails

You need to identify what email addresses on your list will be released. You begin by searching for subscribers from Yahoo who haven’t opened an email from you in 12 months, but were added before that point. This way you you don’t unsubscribe recent subscribers who haven’t yet opened an email. Save this search result as a new segment.


Step 2 – Attempt To Reactivate

Instead of immediately unsubscribing these addresses, you can send the segment a win-back email. Chances are, someone who hasn’t opened an email in 12 months won’t open this one either, but you never know. If you do this, you’ll need to take Step 1 again to account for those who open your win-back email, and create a new segment.


Step 3 – Unsubscribe The Dead Yahoo Emails

Stop sending emails to that segment of Yahoo addresses by opening that segment, checking the “all” box and hitting “Unsubscribe.” That’s it, you’re done!


If the new owner of the email address decides to subscribe to your list, they will be able to, and the address will revert from unsubscribed back to subscribed on your list. Remember, you have to get this done before Monday, July 15. Hopefully, whoever owns [email protected] is no longer active, so I can take it. 😛

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17 thoughts on “How To Remove Inactive Yahoo Emails From Your List”

  1. ataur says:

    Hi John,
    Thanks for email info new post. Really your post is very valuable.


  2. Jen says:

    You always have good topics! Where did you get all these ideas? You should write a post about it!

  3. John sir always give us wonderful post. I appreciate his effort!

  4. I. C. Daniel says:

    Great tutorial John. Best regards from I. C. Daniel

  5. Jessie says:

    i Use Aweber since one year but i dont know this,
    Thanks for this usefull post

  6. faisal says:

    Who uses Yahoo anyways?

  7. Deepak patel says:

    Nice tutorial John,
    I think now Yahoo should also integrated Yahoo ! Messenger like google did. What do you say.

  8. Ughhhh…Damn Yahoo and their dumb ideas! If the emails are going to bounce doesn’t that mean all emails will eventually be marked as spam? Doesn’t that mean personal information sent from your bank on an annual basis will end up in another person’s hands?

  9. Sunday says:

    Hi John,
    Thanks for this post. At least, we now know that we have option to resolve the imminent problem about Yahoo emails subscribers that would soon be disconnected.

    Its obvious that with Aweber we have nothing much to worry about. Well, its really good to know about the features that this software has. I am going to try the Full service version to enjoy the services.
    The above comment was shared in where this piece about how to remove inactive Yahoo emails from the list has been shared.

  10. Aashish says:

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  11. Ferb says:

    I would keep all my subscribers cause they might to there old email sometimes.

  12. Good info provided. But might not be helpful for me. My get response account is only 3 months old. So I will use it soon. I normally delete subscriber when inactive for 1 month. After reading this I think I must give more time.

  13. Got the solution, didn’t know about it , thanks for sharing.

  14. Riza says:

    Expected to hear from you practical solutions for problems so this isn’t really a surprise. At first I thought leaving those unattended email won’t harm but your post made it clear that it would. Thank you for the “how to” process on removing these inactive Yahoo users.

  15. ZK says:

    Aweber rocks been using it for more than 3 years now. This is a great tutorial on safe guarding your account from being spammed

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  17. Louis says:

    Very handy post. Thanks for sharing!

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