Learn How to Create a Yahoo Mail Account

A new Yahoo account offers more than just another email address

Yahoo is an email provider that also offers access to a news feed, calendar, notepad section, address book, and more. A Yahoo account comes with a free @yahoo.com email address and 1 TB of online storage, which is enough for millions of emails with large attachments. Your Yahoo account can also be used to manage other email accounts like Gmail and Outlook, from within Yahoo Mail, as well as configure auto-replies when you're on vacation.

Yahoo Mail New Account Steps

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

  1. Visit the Yahoo Sign up page.

  2. Fill out the form with your first and last name, the username you want to use for your new Yahoo email address, a password, your phone number, birthdate, and optionally your gender.

    Screenshot for the Yahoo Mail signup form

    Make a strong password to help deter someone from guessing it. If it's too hard for you to remember, store it in a password manager.

    Your phone number is used for account recovery. Get a virtual phone number if you don't want to use your real one.

  3. Click Continue.

  4. Choose either Text me an Account Key or Call me with a verification code to confirm that you own the phone associated with that phone number.

    Screenshot of the Yahoo Mail signup screen phone verification step
  5. Enter the key to verify that you have access to that phone, and then select Verify.

    Screenshot of the Yahoo Mail signup screen account key step
  6. Select Continue.

    Screenshot of the last step of the Yahoo Mail setup process
  7. You'll be redirected to the Yahoo homepage. To access Yahoo Mail, select Mail (located in the upper-right corner of the page), or go to mail.yahoo.com.

How to Send Mail From Yahoo Mail

To send an email from Yahoo Mail, select Compose to switch to a mode where you can enter a recipient, subject, and body message.

If someone sent you an email in Yahoo Mail, click the message and use the arrows at the top of the email to reply, reply all, or forward it.

How to Get Yahoo Mail on Your Phone

Yahoo Mail doesn't only work from a laptop or desktop. You can read your Yahoo emails from a mobile device, whether it's a tablet or phone. Download specific apps to receive emails or use the stock email app on your device.

For example, iPhone users can connect to Yahoo Mail from the Mail app without having to download another app. The same is true for Android users who set up the proper Yahoo Mail IMAP and SMTP server settings.

However, there's also a Yahoo Mail app that lets you log in with your Yahoo username and password without entering any server settings. Get the Yahoo Mail app for iOS from the App Store, and for Android from Google Play.