How to Create a Yahoo Mail Account

A Yahoo account is more than just another email address

Yahoo Mail website on a laptop screen

Yahoo Mail is one of the most popular and trusted email services on the web. Learn how to create a Yahoo account so that you can manage your messages with Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Mail Basic, and the Yahoo Mail mobile app for iOS and Android.

Instructions in this article are the same regardless of which web browser you use.

How to Make a New Yahoo Mail Account

To create a new Yahoo account:

  1. Visit the Yahoo Sign up page in your web browser.

  2. Fill out the form with your first and last name, the username you'd like to use for your new Yahoo email address, a password, your phone number, and your birth date. Providing your gender is optional.

    Enter the requested information in the Yahoo Mail Sign up form.

    Create a strong password that no one else would be able to guess. If it's too hard for you to remember, consider storing it in a password manager.

    Your phone number is used for account recovery. You can get a virtual phone number if you'd rather not use your real one.

  3. Select Continue.

  4. Select 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.

    Select 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.
  5. Enter the key to verify that you have access to that phone, and then select Verify.

    Enter the key to verify that you have access to that phone, and then select Verify.
  6. Select Continue.

    Select Continue.

You'll be redirected to Yahoo's homepage where you can access Yahoo Mail by selecting Mail in the top-right corner of the page.

You'll be redirected to Yahoo's homepage where you can access Yahoo Mail by selecting Mail in the top-right corner of the page.

Alternatively, enter the URL mail.yahoo.com into your browser to go directly to Yahoo Mail.

The Benefits of a Yahoo Account

When you create a Yahoo account, you get a free @yahoo.com email address with 1 TB of online storage, which is enough for millions of messages. It's even possible to manage other email accounts like Gmail and Outlook from within Yahoo Mail, as well as configure auto-replies when you're on vacation. There is also a stripped-down version of Yahoo Mail called Yahoo Mail Basic.

That said, Yahoo is more than just an email provider. With a Yahoo account, you get access to various features including Yahoo Calendar. A Yahoo account was once required to use Flickr, but that is no longer the case.

How to Send Mail From Yahoo Mail

If you've used other email services, sending email from Yahoo Mail should feel fairly intuitive. Select Compose in the top-left corner of Yahoo Mail to be taken to a screen where you can type your message.

Select Compose in the top-left corner of Yahoo Mail to be taken to a screen where you can type your message.

How to Get Yahoo Mail on Your Phone

Thanks to the Yahoo Mail app for iOS and Android, you can read your Yahoo emails from your phone or tablet. Download Yahoo Mail from the app store for your device and provide your login credentials to start managing your messages on the go.

If you'd prefer, it's possible to integrate Yahoo Mail with other email apps that you already use. For example, iPhone users can connect to Yahoo Mail from Apple's Mail app. The same is true for Android users who don't mind setting up the proper Yahoo Mail IMAP and SMTP server settings.