Learn How to Create a Yahoo Mail Account

A New Yahoo Account Offers More Than Just Another Email Address

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When you sign up for a new Yahoo account, you get a free @yahoo.com email address with 1TB of online storage, which is enough for millions of emails with large attachments. Plus, with the free mobile app, you can manage your Yahoo email from anywhere.

A Yahoo account is more than an email provider though. It also gives you access to a news feed, calendar, and notepad section along with your email and address book.

With your Yahoo account, you can manage other email accounts such as Gmail and Outlook from within Yahoo Mail and configure auto-replies when you're on vacation.

Yahoo Mail New Account Process

The best way to make a new Yahoo account is through the desktop website. In a browser:

  1. Go to the Yahoo Sign up page.

  2. Enter your first and last name in the fields provided.

  3. Enter a username for your email address. You have to come up with a username that is not already in use. The address will end in @yahoo.com.

  4. Choose a password that's hard to guess but still easy for you to remember. Store it in a free password manager if you make it complex and difficult to remember.

  5. Type in a phone number that can be used for account recovery.

  6. Finish the sign-up process by entering in your birthday and, optionally, your gender.

  7. Read through the updated Yahoo Terms and Privacy Policy, and then click Continue.

  8. Confirm that the phone number you entered is correct and click Text me an Account Key. If you'd rather get a phone call, choose to Call me with an Account Key.

  9. Enter the key to verify that you have access to that phone.

  10. Choose Verify.

  11. Click Let's get started to start using your new Yahoo account.

Setting Up Yahoo Mail

Settle into your new email account by going to Yahoo.com in a browser and clicking the Mail icon in the top right corner. You'll be asked to sign in with your new Yahoo credentials before you access the Yahoo Mail screen. To announce your new email address to your friends and family members, click the Compose button in the top left corner of the screen and send your first email. Just type in your friends' email addresses in the To field, enter a subject line and type the message. If you want to format your email message, use the formatting items at the bottom of the email screen. Click or press "Send."

Accessing Yahoo Mail on a Mobile Device

Some mobile devices include the necessary settings to access Yahoo mail. Typically, you go to the Settings app or area and select Yahoo from the preconfigured email accounts.

If you want to access your new email account from a mobile device that isn't preconfigured with Yahoo's mail settings, you need to know the exact mail server settings necessary for downloading and sending mail through a Yahoo account. You may be asked to provide IMAP or POP settings, along with SMTP settings:

  • IMAP settings are necessary when you want to be able to delete your email from a mobile device or desktop program and have the same messages removed from the email server.
  • POP settings let you download Yahoo Mail but when you delete, read or move messages, those changes aren't reflected in the online account.
  • SMTP settings are needed so you can send mail through your Yahoo account from your mobile device.