Technology has undoubtedly made communication more efficient, and email is a crucial aspect of it. As you may already know, Yahoo Mail and Gmail are two of the most widely used email providers and choosing which service to use can be difficult as they both offer unique features and advantages. However, rest assured, we’re here to simplify the decision making process for you: we’ll do the research and break each component down.
Additionally, we’ll show how you can connect your email with IFTTT, allowing you to automate tasks and streamline your workflow, helping you simplify your email management. Using IFTTT allows you to connect to 800+ web services to create customized workflows that fits your specific needs. By connecting your email to IFTTT, it allows you to tailor your email workflow to what you see fit and make your digital operations more convenient.
In this blog post, we will do a comprehensive comparison of Yahoo and Gmail to help you decide which one to choose and how you can connect your email to IFTTT.
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Table of Contents
- The Basics of Yahoo and Gmail
- Interface and Design
- Storage and Attachment
- Mobile App
- Which one should you choose: Yahoo or Gmail?
- Simplify your email management with IFTTT
The Basics of Yahoo and Gmail
The two email services share some of the same structural features in their platform design. They provide common functionalities for users to manage and navigate their emails:
Inbox: They both offer an inbox where users can view and manage emails that are sent to them in the same typical format: sender, subject, and timestamp.
Compose: When it comes to composing emails, both Yahoo and Gmail have quite similar layouts. They provide users with a blank email template that includes formatting, adding attachments, inserting hyperlinks, and emoticons.
Search: Search functionality is essential in an email platform, as it allows users to find previous emails faster. Both Yahoo and Gmail offer robust keyword searches with filters such as date, sender, and subject in the advanced search.
Spam/Junk Filters: Both Yahoo and Gmail have spam filters that automatically move unwanted or unsolicited mail to the spam folder. Gmail, however, uses the artificial intelligence system that groups similar emails together and marks it as important, making it easier for users to zero in on the essential mails.
Interface and Design
First, let’s talk about interface and design, which is all based on a user’s personal preference.
Gmail is sorted by three categories: Primary, Promotions, and Social.
Primary is where you'll find the most important emails you receive, such as personal messages from family and friends, work-related correspondence, and anything else that's deemed high priority.
Promotions is where you'll find all the marketing emails, coupons, and sales notifications you receive from businesses and brands you follow. While these emails can be useful, they can also clutter up your primary inbox, making it harder to find the messages that truly matter. With the Promotions category, they're all grouped together, so you can decide when to focus on these types of messages without distraction.
Social where Gmail sorts all the notifications from social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. It's a great way to keep your social notifications separate from the other emails you receive.
The benefit of having Gmail’s three categories is that it helps you stay organized. Instead of having to manually sort your emails into different folders, Gmail handles it all for you behind the scenes. This means you can spend less time sorting your emails and more time focusing on the things that matter most.
Yahoo has evolved over the years, creating a more well-putted space, but it is still not as organized compared to Gmail. Yahoo does not categorize your inbox like how Gmail does, which can cause confusion due to clutter. Additionally, the service will run slower compared to Gmail due to the ads that are displayed within the interface.
Yahoo's design customization options are limited. However, the available options are sleek, giving users the ability to choose from different themes. They also have a feature called Stationery, where you can send email with a personalized look by adding backgrounds, borders, and graphics. On the other hand, Gmail's interface is customizable with themes and the ability to choose the density of your emails, from compact to comfortable.
Storage and Attachment
Your email will last nearly a lifetime as it is one of the most vital components of communication in this digital age, so, you’ll need enough storage space for your ever-growing inbox.
Yahoo provides 1 TB storage to its users, whereas Gmail offers 15 GB of storage that every user can utilize. However, Gmail's storage can be expanded with a Google One plan. There are 3 plans that users can choose from:
Basic Plan that costs $0.49/month for 1 month and $1.99/month after for 100 GB. It includes additional features like access to Google experts, sharing with 5 other users, VPN for multiple devices, more Google Photos editing features, monitoring the dark web, and extra member benefits.
Standard Plan that costs $0.75/month for 1 month and $2.99/month after for 200 GB. It includes features from the Basic Plan plus 3% back in the Google Store.
Premium Plan that costs $2.49/month for 1 month and $9.99/month after for 2 TB. It includes everything from the Standard Plan in addition to Google Workspace premium features and 10% back in the Google Store.
Additionally, both Yahoo and Gmail allow users to send attachments of up to 25MB.
Security is a top priority for email users as they want reasonable security measures that protects its users from cyber threats. When comparing the two, Gmail generally has better security as it offers two-factor authentication, secure connection using HTTPS, and advanced spam filtering. Additionally, Gmail offers its users end-to-end encryption, which adds an additional layer of security to messages sent and received.
In contrast, when looking at Yahoo’s security, they are widely known for their data breaches due to poor security. In 2013, all 3 billion Yahoo Mail users’ accounts were hacked, resulting in a $117M class action settlement and the largest data breach known in US history. In the following year, they experienced yet another data breach, resulting in data being from 500 million accounts. Yahoo’s repeated breaches suggests that they did not take sufficient steps to address their lack of security, leaving it hard to retain their users and attract new ones.
Yahoo and Gmail have mobile apps that can be installed on Android and iOS devices. Both apps are user-friendly and easy to use, but the Gmail app stands out with its features. The Gmail app allows users to snooze emails, set reminders, and access Google Calendar directly from it. Yahoo's app does not offer these features, making Gmail the better option for users who rely on their mobile devices.
Which one should you choose: Yahoo or Gmail?
This is the answer we’ve all been waiting for - Yahoo or Gmail? After dissecting all the components of both services, our pick is Gmail! Of course, if you’re leaning towards Yahoo based on your needs and preferences, it is also a good pick, but what makes Gmail stand out more is the ability to connect with IFTTT. With our Gmail integrations, you can streamline your email management so you can make the most out of your digital communication. For example, you can automatically send information of your choice from different platforms directly to your email, helping you enhance your convenience and organization. Here’s a list of some of our popular Applets:
- Let someone know you're heading home
- Automatically receive AI-generated blog titles and content when you add a note to your Note Widget
- Automatically forward important app notifications you receive to some one else
- Notify your neighbour when your mower needs attention
- Forward all SMS messages to my GMail account, for when I don;t have the cell phone handy
- RSS to Diigo via Gmail
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