First of all, you need to open an email client application. You can use email clients such as Windows Mail, Thunderbird and Outlook etc. Even though all of them are different but they all offer the same method to download emails from a POP3 email account like Yahoo Mail.
Go to “Tools” in the menu bar and then choose “Accounts” from the list of options. This will open Accounts Window.
On the Accounts window, press “New” or “Add” tab and then click “Email”. Type your name and Yahoo email address in the given text field and then enter “Next”.
Now you have to select the option that has “POP3” beneath “Account Type”. You need to manually configure the server settings of your account. Select this option in the menu bar. Now write “pop.mail.yahoo.com” in the “Incoming Mail Server” field, and type “smtp.mail.yahoo.com” in the “Outgoing Mail Server” field.
Type your Yahoo User ID and password in the given text field and enter “Finish”.
Enter “Properties” or “Advanced” button and write “465” in the Outgoing Mail (SMTP) box and type “995” in the Incoming Mail (POP3) field.
Beside the option “leave a copy of the email message on the server”, click the check box and then enter “OK”.
Go to “Tools” in the menu bar and press “Send/Receive” in the list of options. After that click “Send/Recieve” or “Send/Receive All”. Now it will start downloading your email messages and the time it takes to download these messages entirely depends on the number of email messages you are downloading and your connection speed.