How to Recover Yahoo Mail Password?

When you have so many online accounts to manage and so many passwords to remember, it is quite common to forget the password of your Yahoo Mail account one or the other time. If you ever get into the situation that you are unable to access your Yahoo Mail account, it could be mainly because you don’t remember your password. In such a case, you can regain access to your account by following the information provided below.

Guide to Recover Your Yahoo Mail Password

By following the information provided below, you might not be able to recover your Yahoo Mail password; however, you can easily reset the password. Here are the steps that you will need to follow.

NOTE: While you can regain access to your Yahoo Mail account by resetting the password, however, you must have access to the account recovery options associated with your account. Account Recovery Options mainly include your Phone Number and/or Email Address you add at the time of signing up for your Yahoo Mail account. If you have access to one of the account recovery options, you can follow these steps to reset your account password.

  1. Open a web browser on your computer and go to the Yahoo Mail sign-in page.
  2. Once you are on the sign-in page, enter your username/ email address/ mobile number in the provided field and click on the Next
  3. On the next screen, you will be prompted to enter the password of your account. As you don’t remember the password, you will need to click on the “Forgotten password?” option located at the bottom of the sign-in window.
  4. On the next screen, you will be prompted to select an option to sign in to your account. The given options on your screen will consist of the Account Recovery options associated with your account.
  5. If you have access to one of the account recovery options, you will need to select it.
  • If you have access to the phone number shown on your screen, click on it. A 6-character code will be sent to your phone number, which you will need to enter on the next screen.
  • Similarly, if you have access to the email address shown on your screen, click on it. An 8-character code will be sent to your phone number, which you will need to enter on the next screen.
  • In case you don’t have access to any of the given account recovery options, you will need to click on the “I need more options” option and follow the on-screen prompts.
  1. Once you enter the code that you receive on your phone number/email address, click on the Verify
  2. As you will click on the Verify button, you will be prompted to create a new password on the next screen. So, enter your new password in the prompted fields and click on the Continue
  3. As you will click on the Continue button, you will see the “Success!” message on your screen. Here, you will need to click on the Continue
  4. Then, on the next screen, you will be prompted to review your Account Recovery Info. If you wish to make any changes to the current account recovery options, you can click on the Edit option (pen icon) next to the particular phone number or email address you wish to make changes to, and then follow the on-screen prompts. However, if you don’t want to make any changes, simply click on the Looks good
  5. You will be directed to the Inbox folder of your Yahoo Mail account and your password will be reset right away.

So, now as you know the process to reset Yahoo Mail password, you can easily do so if you ever forget your password or someone hacks your account and changes its password.

Changing Password When Someone Hacks Your Accounts

If you ever notice any of the following activities in your Yahoo Mail account, it may mean that someone has access to your account but has not changed the password. In such a case, it is recommended to change the password of your Yahoo Mail account right away and review the settings of your Yahoo Mail account. Here are signs of a hacked Yahoo Mail account:

  • You haven’t received a single email in your account for a long time.
  • Spam emails are being sent to your contacts from your Yahoo Mail account.
  • On your recent activity page, there are notifications that your account has been logged in from unexpected locations.
  • The account info or mail settings in your Yahoo Mail account were changed without your knowledge.

If you find any of the above-mentioned or any other suspicious activities in your Yahoo Mail account, the first thing you will need to is change the password of your account right away. Here are the steps to change the password of your Yahoo Mail account:

  1. Sign in to your Yahoo Mail account on a supported web browser.
  2. Once you are logged in to your account, click on your profile picture located on the top-right corner of the window.
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears on your screen, you will need to click on the Account info You will be directed to the next screen.
  4. On the next screen, click on the Account security option located in the left-hand-side panel.

NOTE: If prompted, enter your account password to get to the Account security section of your Yahoo Mail account.

  1. In the Account security section, click on the Change password Then, enter the new password in the prompted fields, click on the Continue button, and you are done.

Once you are done changing the password of your Yahoo Mail account, you will need to review the following settings and features in your account to ensure that no one else has control of your account’s feature and information in any manner.

Features and Settings to Review

As a hacker may change the settings in your Yahoo Mail account to get copies of your emails and other information, it is suggested to make sure that none of your information and preferences were changed without your permission. Below are the settings and features that you will need to review to make sure of that:

  • Sending name
  • Blocked addresses
  • Auto-forwarding address
  • Email filters
  • Vacation response
  • Email signature
  • Default sending address
  • Reply-to address
  • Send-only address

Use Additional Security Features

In addition to reviewing your account information and preferences, it is recommended to enhance the security of your Yahoo Mail account by enabling features like Account Key and Two-Step Verification.

Account Key

The Account Key is an ideal alternative to regular password security. If you are unable to remember and manage multiple passwords, it is best to make use of Account Key. This feature not only lets you access your account without a password but also sends you a notification on your phone each time you or anyone tries to access your account.

The feature works by sending an approval notification on your registered phone number whenever you or anyone tries to log into your account. To set up Yahoo Account Key, follow these steps:

  1. Click on your profile picture located on the top-right corner of your Yahoo Mail account window.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select the Account info option and go to the Account security

NOTE: If prompted, enter your account password to get to the Account security section of your Yahoo Mail account.

  1. In the Account security section, you will need to click on the “See how it works” option under the “Secure your account with Yahoo Account Key” option.
  2. Next, you will need to select your device and application on which you wish to get notified.
  3. Then, click on the Send me a notification Doing so will send a notification on the app you selected.
  4. On your mobile device, tap on the Approve icon (right-tick mark).
  5. Then, go back to your web browser and click on the Always use Yahoo Account Key
  6. After that, confirm your phone number when prompted. This phone number will come handy if you ever lose access to your device.
  7. Now, from next time onward whenever you will try to access your Yahoo Mail account, you will get an approval notification on your device. Only after providing approval, your account will be made accessible.

Two-Step Verification

The Two-step verification is another excellent feature to enhance the security of your Yahoo Mail account. When you enable two-step verification, a code (in addition to your password) is sent to your registered phone number. This code is required when you or anyone else will try to sign in to your account.

To enable the Two-step Verification feature, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Account security section of your Yahoo Mail account.

NOTE: If prompted, enter your account password to get to the Account security section of your Yahoo Mail account.

  1. In the Account security section, scroll down to get to the Two-step verification option. Here, you will need to click on the Toggle button next to the Two-step verification.
  2. Next, you will need to enter your mobile number in the provided field and click Send SMS or Call me option to get the verification code.
  3. Then, enter the verification code and click on the Verify.
  4. In case you also access your Yahoo Mail account through third-party applications, you will need to click on the Create app passwords option in the next steps. If not, simply click on Skip for now.

So, these are the steps and important measures you will need to follow to recover your Yahoo Mail account and enhance its security.

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