Yahoo! Account Recovery: Reactivate That Email Address

You can (probably) get it back as long as you meet the right timelines

Perhaps you've bit the bullet and deleted your Yahoo! email to pare down the number of accounts you have online. If you want the account back, you may be able to recover it before it's permanently deleted from Yahoo! servers. Here's how Yahoo account recovery works and how to easily recover a deleted account.

Yahoo! Mail users have up to 30 days (Approximately 90 days for accounts in Australia, India, or New Zealand. Approximately 180 days for accounts registered in Brazil, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.) from the time of deletion to recover their account. After that point, you won't be able to recover the account, as it would have been permanently deleted from Yahoo! servers.

Yahoo Account Recovery: Confirm If Yahoo! Mail Account Has Been Deleted

If you want to see if your Yahoo! Mail account has been deleted, you'll need to do the following:

  1. Open your browser and go to https://login.yahoo.com/forgot.

    Screenshot of the Yahoo Account recovery page.
  2. Enter in your Yahoo! mail address in the Email address or phone number field and select Continue.

    Screenshot of the Yahoo! account recovery with an email address entered.
  3. If it's been permanently deleted, you will see the message, Sorry, we don't recognize that email address or phone number.

    Yahoo! account cannot be found error message on the Yahoo! website.

How to Reactivate Yahoo Account

You have 2 different ways to reactivate your Yahoo! account if it hasn't been permanently deleted. You can either got to the Yahoo! homepage or use their Sign-in helper. Below is how you reactivate your account via the Yahoo! homepage.

  1. Go to the Yahoo! homepage and select Sign in.

    The Yahoo! website homepage.
  2. Enter your Yahoo! email address and select Next.

    Yahoo! sign in webpage asking for email address.
  3. If your account is still recoverable, you will see a Recover your account page. From here, select your method of recovery (Text or Email).

    Yahoo! account recovery verification method selection.
  4. Enter in the verification code you received via text or email.

    Verification code entry webpage for Yahoo!
  5. If the verification code is entered correctly, you'll be prompted to create a new password. Select Continue to change your password.

  6. Once successful, select Continue once again.

    Successful password change message on Yahoo! website.
  7. You may get prompted to confirm your account recovery settings. Select the Pencil to edit or select Add email or mobile no. to add any additional accounts. Otherwise, select Looks good to continue.

    Adding accounts to account recovery for Yahoo!

Reactivating Account Via Sign-in Helper (Forgot Password)

  1. Open your browser and go to https://login.yahoo.com/forgot.

    Screenshot of the Yahoo Account recovery page.
  2. Enter in your Yahoo! mail address in the Email address or phone number field and select Continue.

    Screenshot of the Yahoo! account recovery with an email address entered.
  3. Select verification method: Text or Email.

    Yahoo! account recovery verification method selection.
  4. Enter in the verification code you received via text or email.

    Verification code entry webpage for Yahoo!
  5. If the verification code is entered correctly, you'll be prompted to create a new password. Select Continue to change your password or select I'll secure my account later if you know your password.

    Entering in password for Yahoo!