Deleting A Yahoo Email Account
So, you may want to delete your email account if you have already moved over to a different mail service, and no longer need your old Yahoo email.
Closing an account means you have one less thing to manage and worry about.
However, before you go ahead and delete your Yahoo mailbox, do the following:
- Cancel any paid subscriptions
- Redirect emails to a new address
- Let contacts know
- Download any important emails
Once you delete your mailbox, senders will receive a ‘failed to send’ message. To avoid missing anything important, set up Yahoo email forwarding and let your contacts know!
How To Delete Yahoo Mail Account
Yahoo hasn’t made it very easy to delete their accounts. But of course, for legal reasons you can delete your mailbox. You just need to head over to another website to do so.
Delete Yahoo Mail account on the web
To delete your mailbox on the web, follow these simple steps:
- Head over to the Yahoo account termination page.
- Type in your email address and click Next.
- Type in your password and click Next.
- Read through the terms and conditions.
- Proceed with the ‘Continue delete my account’ option.
- Type your mail address into the ‘Enter your email address’ field and click ‘Yes, terminate this account’.
💡 Note: You can only terminate your mailbox if you don’t have active subscriptions and it's been 90 days since the end of the paid term for any subscription that was canceled. You may check for your subscriptions here.
Once you have deleted your mailbox, the email address is up for grabs by anyone. This means someone else can now use the address, although your information and emails will be gone.
If you don’t want this to happen, maybe because they might receive emails from old senders, or you would like to keep the domain. Just keep the Yahoo account, it’s a free service! Still redirect emails to a new address and just remove the application.
💡 Reminder: Let your contacts know you are deleting your Yahoo Mail account. Set up a redirection or wait around a month and email your new address over to anyone who sends an email.
Delete Yahoo Mail account on mobile
You cannot delete a Yahoo Mail account on mobile (in case you want to terminate your mailbox); however, you can just remove your Yahoo mailbox from your phone’s mail app.
Here’s how to delete a Yahoo account on iPhone in the Mail app:
- Go to your iPhone’s Settings. Then click Mail section and go into Accounts.
- Choose your Yahoo mailbox if you have more than one email address added.
- Click Delete account.
- Tap Delete from my iPhone to confirm the action.
Here’s how to delete a Yahoo account on iPhone in the Yahoo mobile app:
- Launch the mobile app and click the Profile icon on the top left.
- Click the Manage accounts option.
- Turn the toggle off for the account you’d like to remove from your Yahoo mobile app.
Again, removing Yahoo Mail from your mobile will not delete your account; however, it will delete any reminders or contacts associated with this account on your mobile device.
Reasons Why Yahoo Deactivated My Account
If you found your email address deactivated and can’t log into your mailbox, the following reasons may be the case:
- You haven't signed into your mailbox during the last 12 months.
- Your mailbox was used in a way that violates Yahoo’s Terms of Service.
- You have previously requested this mailbox to be deleted.
After deleting your mailbox, you can log in within 30 days to reactivate it and cancel the deletion. After this period, everything will be permanently deleted. Read more on how to recover your Yahoo account.
💡 Note: You will have 90 days to reactive the accounts registered in Australia or New Zealand, and 180 days - for Brazil, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or India.
To avoid your account becoming inactive, link it to the email app you are using with your other email accounts.
Declutter Your Yahoo Mailbox With Clean Email
Although Clean Email cannot help you with deleting your Yahoo mail account, it can help declutter your mailbox to create a stress-free and organised space. If you wanted to delete your account because it is overwhelmed with unnecessary messages, you won’t need to with Clean Email!
With the Auto Clean feature, you to create automated rules for any manual email task. Saving you time and creating a clean Yahoo inbox instantly.
For example, if you want some emails to automatically move to the Archive folder, you can create an Auto Clean rule to do this.
The Smart Folders feature bundles similar messages into easy-to-view email groups. Meaning you can easily organise Yahoo emails and manage different parts of your mailbox without having to sort them into folders yourself.
With the Unsubscriber feature, you can easily remove yourself from all unwanted mailing lists. All you need to do is choose an option within the Unsubscriber view.
You can click Unsubscribe to instruct the app to send unsubscribe requests and complete unsubscribe forms on your behalf. Otherwise, you can choose to Read Later. This moves emails into a different folder for revising them when you’re ready. Or, choose Keep, this simply keeps the emails heading into your inbox.
Clean Email focuses on your security and privacy! It works not only with Yahoo but also with all email providers with IMAP.
Wondering to get more tips and tricks? Check out our guides on how to delete all emails on Yahoo and how to recover deleted emails from Yahoo.
How do I delete my Yahoo account from my computer?
You need to click this link and request your mailbox termination. Make sure you don’t have any active paid subscriptions.
When does Yahoo delete an inactive account?
This email service provider can delete a mailbox if you haven’t signed into it for 1 year. In case you asked for your account deletion, it will be completely deleted after 30 days from your request.
How long does it take for Yahoo to delete your account?
Your mailbox can still be reactivated before 30 days are up. After this time, it will be deleted permanently.
How to delete a Yahoo account without a password?
You will need to reset your password to delete your account.