Yandex email is free

Michael Jentsch

Yandex is a Russian company based in Moscow, which has become internationally known for various Internet services. The company has existed for almost 20 years and is the clear market leader in Russia in the field of Internet search. Yandex is one of the top 10 search engines worldwide and since May 2010 the search engine has also been available in an English version. In addition to the Russian Google competitor, Yandex offers a number of other products and online services. E.g.

  • Internet advertising
  • own browser (Yandex.Browser)
  • Online translator
  • Map service (Yandex.Maps)
  • Email mailboxes
  • Cloud services
  • AppStore for Android
  • Etc.

Yandex email for domains

Today I will dedicate myself to the yandex e-mail accounts and describe how to set up the Yandex mail server (POP3, IMAP, SMTP) as a mail server for your own domain. Thanks to this function, you can set up e-mails in the form [email protected], for example, without having to operate your own mail server. Further advantages of Yandex mail for your own domain are:

Use Yandex.Mail for your domain for free, and you will receive
A nice email address with any login and an address using your domain.
One thousand email accounts that you can give to your friends, family, and acquaintances.
Unlimited-size mailboxes
Reliable anti-spam and virus system.
Many different themes to choose from for your interface.
Access to mail using POP3 / IMAP protocols.
Access to mail from mobile devices
Convenient tools for working with messages in the web interface (downloading attached files into one archive, listening to attached mp3s, popular social network logos, and much else).
Many other capabilities (default address, domain aliases, mailbox aliases).

Source: https://domain.yandex.com/domains_add/#tab=1

1. Register the domain

In order to be able to use an email in the form [email protected], you first have to be the owner of the domain “meinedeomain.de”. For example, I just use dieletztedomain.de here. I registered these with Tecspace for a handful of euros per year.

The Tecspace price list can be found at https://www.tecspace.de/leistungen-domains-preisliste

2. Yandex registration

To be able to use Yandex email for domains, you need a Yandex account. It is free and can be created within a few minutes at https://passport.yandex.com/registration?mode=register&from=pdd&retpath=https%3A%2F%2Fdomain.yandex.com%2Fdomains_add%2F. Registration is the usual stuff. Name, login, password, etc. I only didn't enter anything for the ‘Mobile number’ and instead chose the “I don’t have a mobile phone number” option.

3. DNS setup

After you have successfully created a Yandex account, you continue with the DNS setup. This is a little more complicated, but it shouldn't be a real problem either. First, go to the website https://domain.yandex.com/domains_add/ and enter the domain name for which you want to register the e-mail addresses in the input field.

After clicking on “Connect Domain” the further setup should follow. In my case I see the following error message "It is not possible to connect the domain, as this domain has already been connected by another user, and it has mailboxes associated with it.". That is also clear, because Yandex Mail is already using this domain. So I'll just move on to another domain here. I choose http://1br.de/.

After clicking “Connect Domain” (again), I am taken to the next step. Here I am supposed to confirm the domain ownership and enter the MX records in the DNS server. To confirm the domain ownership, I choose the simple way of storing a file with the name a372dds0f153.html and the specified content in the home directory of my web server. This is very easy with a text editor (e.g. Notepad) with which the file is created locally on the computer and then copied to the server via FTP with an FTP program (e.g. Filezilla).
If the file is on the server, you can click on “Verify domain ownership”. After a few seconds, “Step 1” disappears from the form and the text “Waiting for MX records configuration to complete” appears.
Now the DNS setup of the MX records has to be done.

Small information about the MX record:

An MX record states under which fully qualified domain name (FQDN) the mail server for a domain or subdomain can be reached. It is common to define several MX records with different priorities for a domain so that if one mail server fails, another can receive the e-mails. This increases the probability that a mail can still be delivered to the recipient domain.
Finally, this procedure enables individual (physically separated) mail servers to be taken offline for maintenance work without endangering the receipt of mail.

Source: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/MX_Resource_Record

The following data should now be entered in the DNS server:

  • Subdomain name - @
  • Type of record - MX
  • Data - mx.yandex.ru.
  • Priority - 10

With the host I trust, it looks like this:

The 2nd entry is actually not allowed, but it doesn't do any harm and it's safe to say :-).

After I've saved everything, I click on “Verify MX records” on the Yandex page. Now it takes a few seconds again and then appears: "Domain connected"

4. Email configuration

Now the preparation is over and you can use Yandex email for domains. You can now create up to 1000 email accounts, which can be unlimited in size. In comparison, you have to be satisfied with a few gigabits, for example with GMail. I haven't found the limit yet, but I'm sure that the Yandex memory is not unlimited :-).

My first email address will be [email protected] I won't reveal the password here, but you should definitely choose a secure password. How to choose a strong password is a science in itself. Fortunately, Yandex gives some tips on this.

Your password should contain from 6 to 20 characters.
You can use Latin characters, numbers
and symbols from the following list:
! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ – +
Your password cannot be the same as your username.

Source: https://domain.yandex.com/

After I have successfully created the e-mail address, I see the following screen with the link to “Login to mailbox”.

By the way, the heading “1 hesap” is Turkish and means “1 account”. How Yandex comes here in Turkish is a mystery to me, but that's how I learn a new foreign language again :-).

Optionally, you can also set up a so-called catchall email address here. Details on this at http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch-All. To set up the catchall e-mail address, you just have to click on “Configure domain” and then select an e-mail address as “Default address”. However, I would definitely not take the webmaster email, because a catchall is flooded with all sorts of crap (spam, phishing, etc.) after a short time and then at the latest you have the problem of finding the really relevant email addresses .

After clicking on “Login to mailbox” a new window opens and I am asked to complete my registration (for this e-mail address).

After that's done I'll be redirected to my new inbox. Yandex offers me another interesting function: “Get all your mail instantly”. This makes it possible to read emails from other email addresses (including gmail or yahoo) in the Yandex inbox and reply to them. To do this, however, it is necessary to transfer the password to the yandex email address. In times of NSA and bad data protection morals among many online service providers, I clearly decide against it and close the popup with the X in the top right.

So that was it. The email address is set up and I can send and receive emails.

5. Set up webmail

In addition to the actual e-mail address and the “Yandex own webmailer”, you now have the option of creating a webmailer under your own subdomain (e.g. mail.1br.de in my case). This is very easy and is briefly described at http://help.yandex.com/domain/access/web.xml.

Conclusion:
All in all, a well-engineered solution that appears to be quite solid and works right away without any problems. The instructions are also pretty good and there are no real pitfalls that could lead to problems here. A test with an e-mail client such as Thunderbird or Outlook is still missing, but I'll save it now. In the settings you can see that both IMAP and POP3 are activated.

IMAP: imap.yandex.com
POP3: pop.yandex.com
Details on IMAP and POP3 at https://help.yandex.com/mail/mail-clients.xml

In addition, Yandex also offers a number of other valuable functions such as mail filters, address book, TODO lists, up to 30 GB of free cloud storage, and and and.


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