How to Delete Your Yahoo! Mail Account

Close Your Yahoo! Mail Account With These Easy Steps

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You can shut down a Yahoo! Mail account manually and delete it along with your emails. If you delete and close your Yahoo! Mail account, you also lose your My Yahoo! settings, your Flick account and photos and other data in services that are part of Yahoo! If you are paying for any Yahoo! subscription services such as Yahoo! Mail Plus, it is probably best to cancel these first to avoid unexpected payments.

Also be aware that people will still be able to send messages to your closed Yahoo! Mail account for 90 days without getting a delivery error and you cannot log in to your account to see the emails. Make sure you tell your friends and contacts that you're about to close your Yahoo! Mail account.

Delete Your Yahoo! Mail Account

To delete your Yahoo! Mail or Yahoo! Mail Classic account:

  • Visit the Terminating Your Yahoo! Account page.
  • Sign into your Yahoo! Mail account if prompted.
  • Type your password under please confirm your identity with your password.
  • Click Terminate this Account.
  • Wait 90 days for Yahoo! to delete data (such as email messages) associated with your account.
  • Data connected to a Yahoo! Finance Premium account will be kept for 3 calendar years; other data may also be kept.

Note that your username—and Yahoo! Mail email address—will be available for others to use in the future, so they may receive messages meant for you if senders still use your old Yahoo!

Mail address.

In the meantime, senders trying to mail your deleted Yahoo! Mail account's address will receive a delivery failure message indicating the account does not exist.