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Upcoming updates to Gmail and Yahoo Mail in Feb 2024


Gmail and Yahoo Mail recipients can comprise over 65-70% of an organization's email target lists. Hence, organizations must ensure they prepare for the upcoming requirements for Gmail and Yahoo Mail for senders.

Recently, Google and Yahoo jointly announced they will implement stricter controls to ensure their users receive relevant emails and can unsubscribe effectively. 

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In this article, we summarize these upcoming Gmail and Yahoo Mail requirements and provide resources for additional readings if you choose to explore further.

Key date: According to Adobe, Google and Yahoo Mail will implement these requirements in Feb 2024.  

There are three (3) essential requirements

1. Authenticate your email sending domain

We wrote a detailed article on the three pillars of Email Authentication in Essence of email deliverability - SPF, DKIM, DMARC and segmentation . In summary, Google and Yahoo will require the sender domain to have proper authentications, including a DMARC record for the sender email domain.

The objective is to help the recipients feel more confident about the email's source. 

2. Enable 1-Click unsubscribe and honour unsubscribes within two days (2)

1-Click unsubscribe is the List-Unsubscribe header functionality in Gmail and Yahoo Mail inboxes. Recipients can easily unsubscribe by clicking the 1-Click unsubscribe link from the inboxes. 

The objective is to make it easier for recipients to unsubscribe from unwanted emails. 

According to Adobe, the 1-Click unsubscribe requirement won't apply to transactional emails, e.g. emails with Billing information or outage notifications. However, the 1-Click unsubscribe requirement will apply to other triggered emails like Cart Abandoned. 

More importantly, senders must honour unsubscribes within two (2) days, regardless of the legal requirements at the region. 

Google and Yahoo Mail will implement these requirements in Feb 2024.

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3. Spam complaints Rates

Google and Yahoo provided strong guidelines to keep the spam rate below 0.10% and avoid a spam rate of 0.30% or higher over a sustained period. 

The objective is to reduce spam and ensure recipients receive only relevant emails from authenticated senders. 

In conclusion

It's pertinent for email marketers to attend to these upcoming changes to Gmail and Yahoo Mail, given the large market share of these providers and also to ensure their subscribers and clients continue to receive relevant emails.


  1. Guidance around the announced changes at Google and Yahoo | Adobe Experience Cloud
  2. Gmail introduces new requirements to fight spam ( 
  3. Postmaster @ Yahoo & AOL — More Secure, Less Spam: Enforcing Email Standards

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