Information required to create a Yahoo account

A Yahoo account gives you access to a variety of Yahoo products like: Mail, Fantasy Sports, and Flickr. During the registration process, we ask for some personal info to keep your account secure and enhance your experience within each Yahoo service.

Mobile phone

It's extremely important to register with your correct up to date mobile number so that if you're ever locked out, you can easily recover access to your account. It's one of the best ways that we protect your account security. If you don't provide a supported mobile number, you'll be unable to complete registration.


This is our way of meeting you and keeping things personal. Your name will be used across Yahoo products. If you create content that you want to share with others, your name or nickname will appear with this content.


Some Yahoo products like Flickr and Fantasy Sports will allow you to create a new Yahoo account with an exisiting non-Yahoo email address as your username. However, if we do ask you to create a username, it's to add another layer of distinction from other people with the same or a similar name.

If you're not sure how to create a strong username, we've listed the guidelines below:

  • Four or more characters must follow a period.
    • incorrect example:
    • correct example: john.smith
  • One character must come before and after an underscore.
    • incorrect example: john_" "
    • correct example: john_s
  • Use all lower-case letters, or combine with numbers.
    • incorrect example: JoHnSmith
    • correct example:  johnsmith1


Good passwords are the safest and easiest way to keep your account protected. Check out our password guidelines overview to learn more about how to create a strong password.

After you register, you can also choose to use Yahoo Account Key instead. Once you've enabled Yahoo Account Key, a unique verification code is sent to your mobile device each time you sign-in, so you won’t need to memorize anything.

Date of birth

Your date of birth helps us provide you with a more relevant experience and age-appropriate content. To protect your privacy, we won’t display your age across our network.


It's not required that you designate a gender, but you can make a selection as another way of keeping messages specific to you and so that we know how to address you when we send you an alert, notice, or email.

 Don't worry - Yahoo doesn't rent, sell, or share your personal info with other people or nonaffiliated companies, except to offer products or services you've requested. See our Privacy Policy for more details on how we keep your info private.