Yahoo Account Recovery
You may want to recover your Yahoo account because it has been inactive, accidentally deleted, or you have forgotten your login information.
Forgetting your password happens all the time, you can easily reset your password using the Yahoo Account Security page. To avoid forgetting your passwords in the future, use a password manager app.
If your account has been deleted, you will have up to 30 days to recover it. Once your time limit is up, you will no longer be able to retrieve your mailbox.
💡 Note: Yahoo may delete mail accounts not logged in for 12 months.
What happens when an account is deleted?
All emails and data are removed from your mailbox. However, any paid subscriptions or charges from your email address will still stand. So, if you are thinking of deleting your mailbox, remove these first!
Confirm your account has been deleted by going to the Forgot Username page. Type in your email address or username. If you are told the account isn’t recognised, it's likely it has been deleted and may not be retrievable.
So, to recover your old Yahoo account, or just be able to log back in, follow the next steps.
How to Recover Yahoo Email Account
Recovering your Yahoo mailbox can be as simple as resetting your username or password. However, you need a phone number and an email address to do that.
Without key information, it’s a little harder to recover Yahoo email accounts.
Once again, you will not be able to recover a deleted Yahoo account if it has been longer than 30 days from the time of the deletion (this timeframe may vary in various regions).
The best way to start your Yahoo mail recovery process is by using your desktop computer. Yes, you can reset your password and recover your account using your mobile, but using the desktop provides more ease.
- Go to the Yahoo login page and try to sign in using the same credentials you’ve used in the past.
- Select a method of identity verification. You may get a verification code to your phone or click ‘Try another way to sign in’.
- Enter the verification code that you received and create a new password.
- Click Continue again.
- You will now be prompted to confirm your account recovery settings. Check these over or click Remind me later. Now, your mailbox is reactivated.
Learn more about how to change your Yahoo email address or permanently delete Yahoo account if needed.
Without Email and Phone Number
If you don’t have an alternative recovery email or a phone number you can use to receive a verification code to access your mailbox, you will need to contact a Yahoo specialist.
To do this, go to the Yahoo login page and click the ‘Forgotten password?’ option. Then, click ‘I need more options’ and tap ‘Visit our Help site’.
Next, you’ll need to create a request by choosing the topic (‘Password and sign in’ → ‘Unable to change my password’ → ‘Email a Yahoo specialist’), completing the form, and creating an inquiry. Then, you’ll just need to wait for Yahoo’s response.
However, if you cannot provide enough information for Yahoo to believe you are genuine and not trying to hack the account, you will not be able to gain access.
Accounts Deleted Past 30 Days
Unfortunately, any accounts deleted past the 30-day time frame cannot be recovered. You will get 90 days for accounts registered in Australia, India, and New Zealand, and 180 days for accounts in Brazil, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
So, if you are wondering how to recover your old Yahoo account, it probably isn’t possible, and it is better to create a new mailbox on one of the major mail service providers, like Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo.
Manage Your Yahoo Mailbox With Clean Email
Clean Email cannot be used to recover email accounts; however, it can help you achieve an organised and clean Yahoo Mail account.
An organised mailbox = an organised mind! Once your inbox is decluttered, you can focus on more important tasks, and never miss out on an email again.
The app offers many handy features to optimise your emailing life: unsubscribing from unwanted subscriptions, creating automated rules, and using smart filters to sort and organize emails.
With the Auto Clean feature, you can create automated rules meaning you no longer need to perform manual email tasks like moving messages to certain folders, sending emails to archive, or deleting every unwanted marketing newsletter, and so on.
To create an Auto Clean rule, simply click the Auto Clean section on the left-side dashboard, click Create New Rule +, and fill in the details of the rule. You will need to specify which email addresses you’d like the rule to be related to, which action should be applied, etc. When ready, click the Create and Run Rule button.
Smart Folders make organising and finding your emails so much easier. Emails of the same kind are bundled into a view of their own for you to select to narrow down your search.
For example, you can choose to view all messages from Top senders or Finance emails to begin organising.
Unsubscriber is a great tool for removing yourself from all unwanted mailing lists that clog up your inbox. All you need to do is click Unsubscribe, and emails will no longer appear in your inbox. You can also choose to Read Later if you wish to access these emails later.
We do care about your privacy and security and never share or sell your personal data with any third parties.
Wondering to get more email tips and tricks? Check out our guides on how to recover deleted emails from Yahoo and how to forward Yahoo Mail to Gmail.
How To Recover Yahoo Account - FAQs
Can you recover a deleted Yahoo email account?
You can only recover a deleted Yahoo account before the 30 days from deletion are up. After that, the account will be gone forever.
How can I recover my hacked Yahoo account?
Contact a Yahoo specialist and let them know your mailbox has been compromised. Provide all the requested information and follow the guides received.
How can I recover my Yahoo account without email and phone number?
You can try to recover your Yahoo account by contacting a Yahoo specialist in the Help center. You will need to follow the instructions provided and confirm that you are not trying to hack this mailbox.
Can I still access my old Yahoo account?
Yahoo may delete inactive accounts that haven’t logged in for 12 months. If, by case, your mailbox wasn’t deleted, you could still access it after 1 year of inactivity.