How to Delete Your Yahoo! Mail Account

Close your Yahoo! Mail account with these easy steps

Terminating Yahoo account
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You can shut down a Yahoo! Mail account manually and delete it along with your emails.

If you do delete and close your Yahoo! Mail account, you also lose your My Yahoo! settings, your Flickr 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, remember to cancel these subscriptions first to avoid unexpected payments.

Once you close your Yahoo! Mail account, people trying to send a message to this email address will receive back a delivery failure message. This happens immediately.

To avoid confusion and concern, be sure you tell your friends and contacts that you are about to close your Yahoo! Mail account – both from the email address you plan to use in the future (so they can easily reply to reach you) and from your Yahoo! Mail address (to make sure the message is received).

How to Delete Your Yahoo! Mail Account

To delete your Yahoo! Mail or Yahoo! Mail Classic account, go to the Terminating Your Yahoo! Account page. Then:

  1. Sign in to your Yahoo! Mail account if prompted.

    Note: If you see no option to cancel your account on the page and think you might have a BT Yahoo! Mail account, see below.
  2. Type your password under please confirm your identity with your password.
  3. Enter the code (visual or audible) from the CAPTCHA over ​Type the code shown or Type the numbers you hear. (Note: ​​Case does matter for the visual CAPTCHA.)
  1. Click Terminate this Account.
  2. 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.

How to Cancel a BT Yahoo! Mail Premium Account

If you got your Yahoo!

 Mail (Premium) account with BT, you cannot cancel the service using the Yahoo! Mail account termination page.

You can, however, contact BT directly to have your Yahoo! Mail Premium account deleted:

What Will Happen to My Yahoo! Mail User Name and Email Address?

Note that your username – and 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 email address.

Can I Reactivate a Closed Yahoo! Mail Account?

Yes, you can reactivate your account even after you have close it. To re-open a deleted Yahoo! Mail account, log on to the account within 40 days after deleting it. Once you have reactivated the account, people will be able to send emails to it once more. You will not be able to read any emails sent to the account's address while it was closed, however.

What Happens to Emails Sent to My Address After I Close My Yahoo! Mail Account?

In the meantime (starting as soon as you close your account), senders trying to mail your deleted Yahoo! Mail account's address will receive a delivery failure message.

It will say approximately the following:

SMTP 554 delivery error: dd Sorry your message to ***@yahoo.com cannot be delivered. This account has been disabled or discontinued [#102]. - mta***.mail.***.yahoo.com

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