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Yahoo account registration requirements

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.

Name

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.

Username

We ask you to create a username to sign in to your account because it adds another layer of distinction from other people with the same name 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: john.us
    • 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

Password

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 on-demand passwords instead. Once you've enabled on-demand passwords, each time you sign-in you create a unique verification code 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.

Gender

We ask that you provide your gender as another way of keeping messages specific to you - this is so we know how to address you when we send you an alert, notice, or email.

Mobile phone

It's extremely important to keep your contact info up-to-date because it's one of the ways that we protect your account security. If you forget your password, you can easily reset it with your mobile number and get back into your account. If you don't provide a supported mobile number, you'll be unable to complete registration.

We also collect an optional phone number in the event you don't have access to your mobile so that we can call or send a text if you lost account access.

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.

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