Managing Mail Sub Accounts

Adding Sub Accounts Accessing a Sub Account’s Mail Deleting Sub Accounts

Adding Sub Accounts

Yahoo! allows you, as a primary member, to add up to ten sub accounts (also known as member accounts) to your primary account. Each sub account is a fully functional, stand-alone Yahoo! ID, with its own Yahoo! Mail mailbox.

There are several reasons for creating sub accounts:

  • To provide separate email accounts for all members of your household.

  • To allow each member of your household to have his or her own My Yahoo!.

  • To protect your "real" Yahoo! Mail address by using an alternate mail account for some email transactions. (AddressGuard is probably a better solution for this use. See the Using Disposable Addresses tutorial for information about AddressGuard.)

 

Here’s How

  1. Make sure that you are signed in to Yahoo! as the primary account holder. Only the primary member can create sub accounts.

  2. Click your name or Yahoo! ID at the top of the page, then select Yahoo! from the menu.

    Select Yahoo! from the menu.

    Note: You may be asked to enter your Yahoo! password again at this point for extra security.

    You are taken to the Yahoo! site.

  3. In the Sub Accounts section of the My Account & Billing page, click the Create New Sub Account button.

    Click the Create New Sub Account button.

    The Create a sub account page appears.

    Tip: You may see an initial screen asking you to verify your Yahoo! ID and password.

  4. On this page, provide the person’s name, a new user name, and a password for the sub account that you’re creating.

    Provide the person’s name, a new user name, and a password for the sub account.

  5. Click the Create This Sub Account button.

    Click the Create This Sub Account button

    The next screen offers you several options for configuring services for the new account.

  6. Select the configuration options you want, then click Next.

    The final screen confirms the creation of the new account and offers you several options for continuing:

    • Sign in as this Sub Account
    • Go back to Member Center
    • Create Another Sub Account (This option doesn’t appear if you’ve already created the maximum number of sub accounts.)
  7. To access the new sub account’s mail immediately, click the Sign in as this Sub Account button.

 

What’s Next

Each sub account that you create has most of the same Yahoo! Mail features as the primary member’s account, including an inbox, Yahoo! Contacts, and calendar that are accessible from any web-connected computer.

Learn how to access a sub account’s mail.


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Words to Know

  • AddressGuard: a feature of Yahoo! Mail that allows you to create and use disposable email addresses.
  • Member account: an account linked to the primary account, typically for another member of the household; same as "sub account".
  • Inbox: a folder where you receive incoming email.
  • Member account: an account linked to the primary account, typically for another member of the household; same as "sub account".
  • Primary account: the person who has financial responsibility for a household’s Yahoo! account; same as "primary member".
  • Primary member: the person (an adult) who has financial responsibility for a household’s Yahoo! account; same as "primary account".
  • Sub account: an account linked to the master account, typically for another member of the household.
  • Yahoo! Contacts: your Yahoo! online address book with a listing of people and their personal information.
  • Yahoo! ID: the name by which a person is known to the Yahoo! network.
  • Yahoo! ID: the name by which a person is known to all Yahoo! networks.