Yahoo! Account Recovery: Reactivate That Email Address

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

Did you delete 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 the Yahoo servers. Here's how Yahoo account recovery works and how to easily recover a deleted account.

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

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

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

  1. Open a web browser, then go to https://login.yahoo.com/forgot.

  2. In the Email address or phone number field, enter your Yahoo email address, then select Continue.

    A screenshot of the Yahoo website with the Continue button highlighted
  3. If your account was permanently deleted, you see the message, Sorry, we don't recognize that email address or phone number.

    A screenshot of a Yahoo sign-in screen with an error message highlighted

How to Reactivate Yahoo Account

You have two ways to reactivate your Yahoo account if it wasn't permanently deleted. You can either go to the Yahoo homepage or use the Sign-in helper. Here's how to reactivate your account from the Yahoo homepage.

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

    A screenshot of the Yahoo homepage with the Sign In button highlighted
  2. Enter your Yahoo email address, then select Next.

    A screenshot of the Yahoo sign-in page with the Next button highlighted
  3. If your account is recoverable, a Recover your account page appears. From here, select your method of recovery (choose either Text or Email).

    A screenshot of the Yahoo account recovery screen with the recovery options highlighted
  4. Enter the verification code you received in the text or email message.

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

  6. Once successful, select Continue again.

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

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Reactivate Account Via Sign-in Helper

If you don't remember your Yahoo Mail password, follow these steps:

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

  2. Enter your Yahoo mail address in the Email address or phone number field, then select Continue.

    A screenshot of the Yahoo website with the Continue button highlighted
  3. Select a verification method. Choose either Text or Email.

    A screenshot of the Yahoo account recovery screen with the recovery options highlighted
  4. Enter the verification code you received by text or email message.

    Verification code entry webpage for Yahoo!
  5. If the verification code is entered correctly, you're 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.

    A screenshot of the Yahoo password-reset screen with the Continue button highlighted