Easy Yahoo Group Transfer

Have a Yahoo Group that you want to transfer to Groups.io? We've made the process easy. In this document, OLDGROUP refers to the name of your Yahoo Group, and NEWGROUP refers to the name of your Groups.io group.

We will transfer members, archives, photos, files, links and databases (calendar entries are not copied at this time). If you don't wish for all of these to be transferred, please let us know during Step 2.

We do not make any changes to your Yahoo Group. We simply make a copy of everything.
NOTE: Yahoo appears to be having problems with the large parts of Yahoo Groups. Expect delays of several days before your transfer happens, assuming Yahoo fixes these issues. Please check back here, and we'll post updates.

Step 0

Create your new Groups.io group.

Step 1

Invite the user transfer@groups.io to join your Yahoo Group.

Step 2

We will accept the invitation and set our membership to no mail. Due to Yahoo limits, this may take a few days. We will then email the following instructions to OLDGROUP-owner@yahoogroups.com:

By inviting transfer@groups.io to join your group OLDGROUP@yahoogroups.com, you have taken the first step towards transfering your group to Groups.io. Here is what you need to do next:

  1. Make transfer@groups.io a moderator of your Yahoo group. Uncheck all moderator privileges.
  2. Send an email to transfer@groups.io saying that you are ready to transfer your group. Make sure you include the names of both your old Yahoo Group and new Groups.io group in your email. The email should be sent from the same address as the owner of your Groups.io group.

If you have any questions, please contact support@groups.io.

The Groups.io Team

Step 3

Once we receive the go ahead email, depending on load, within one business day, we will download the member list of your Yahoo Group and directly add your members to your new Groups.io group. We will add all members that are currently confirmed and not bouncing to your group. Members' subscription preferences (email, no email, digest, etc.) will be preserved. Members' posting privileges (group default, override - moderated, etc.) will also be preserved. However, moderator and co-owner status will not be preserved, so all moderators will need to be reinstated after the transfer. If someone is already a member of your new group, we will not change anything about their subscription.

Every new user of Groups.io will also be subscribed to the updates@groups.io group, to receive updates about the Groups.io service.

In addition to your member list, we will download your existing group messages and add them to your Groups.io group. Unfortunately, we are not able to include any attachments from the messages. If you do not wish to have your existing group messages transferred, simply say so in your email to transfer@groups.io. Note: because of Yahoo restrictions, this may take more than one day if there are a large number of messages.

We will send the following email to each member who is not already a member of the new group:


The owner of the Yahoo Group OLDGROUP has moved the group to Groups.io, a new Groups service. You have been subscribed to the new group using your Yahoo Group subscription settings. The name of the new group is NEWGROUP, and messages can be sent to it at NEWGROUP@groups.io.

Groups at Groups.io are similar to Yahoo Groups, but we have several new features. We encourage you to explore the Groups.io website. If you have never registered with Groups.io before, you will be able to create a password when you first Log In.

If you do not wish to be a member of NEWGROUP, click here and you will be unsubscribed immediately.

If you have any questions, please contact support@groups.io.

The Groups.io Team

If you have created a customized welcome message for your group, we will also send that to each member who is not already a member of the new group.

We will send an email to NEWGROUP+owner@groups.io when the transfer is complete.

NOTE: If the new group is a subgroup at Groups.io, you will receive two transfer notices, one for transfering the members to the parent group, and one for transfering the members to the subgroup (all members of a subgroup must be members of the parent group).