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Set up, use, and manage Yahoo Account Key to sign in without a password

Tired of remembering multiple passwords? Account Key is more secure and lets you use your mobile phone instead of a password to sign in. Once enabled, Yahoo sends a notification to the mobile device of your choice. You can approve access with a tap on your phone, so no one else can get into your account.

Set up Account Key

Enable Account Key from a Yahoo mobile app

You must have at least one Yahoo app installed on your mobile device and be signed in to it.

  1. In the upper left, tap the Profile icon.
  2. Tap Account Key under your email address.
  3. Tap Set up Account Key.
  4. Tap the Approve icon Image of the Account Key accept button..
  5. Tap Got it.
  6. Tap Enable Yahoo Account Key.
  7. Tap Great, got it!

Sign in with Account Key

For Account Key to work, you must be signed into a Yahoo app on your mobile device.

  1. Go to the Yahoo Sign in page.
  2. Enter your Yahoo ID, then click Next.
    - A notification is sent to your Account Key enabled device.
  3. On your device, tap the notification or open the app and tap the Account Key icon Image of the Account Key icon..
  4. Tap the Approve icon Image of the Account Key accept button..
  5. You might be prompted to either enter or tap a verification code to confirm.

Disable Account Key or manage devices

You can turn off Account Key and switch back to a password, if you prefer. Or, if you're using multiple devices and Yahoo apps, you can change where the notification is sent.

Disable Account Key from a web browser

  1. Go to the Yahoo Account security page.
  2. Click Turn off Account Key.
  3. Click Turn off.
  4. Click Turn off again to confirm.

Disable Account Key from a Yahoo mobile app

  1. From your Account Key enabled app, tap the Menu icon Image of the side menu icon.. In some apps, like the Yahoo Mail app, you'll need to tap your profile icon instead.
  2. Tap Account Key under your email address.
  3. Tap Manage Account Key.
  4. Tap Disable Account Key at the bottom of the screen to switch back to a password.
  5. Optionally, tap the toggle to the right of any device you want to turn on or off.