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Understand and create app passwords

Some 3rd party apps, such as iOS Mail, Android Mail, and Outlook, don't work with two-step verification or on-demand passwords enabled. To use these apps, you'll need to generate an app-specific password. This isn't a new password for your account. It's a one-time password to validate you're authorizing access to your account from a non-Yahoo app.

If you've turned on two-step verification or on-demand passwords and use another email app to access Yahoo Mail, you'll need to create an app password specifically for that app.

 If you don't use two-step verification, on-demand passwords, or any 3rd party apps, you don't need to create app passwords.

Generate app passwords

First, either activate two-step verification or enable on-demand passwords on your account to use App Passwords. Remember that if you turn two-step verification on, you must turn on-demand passwords off, and vice versa.

With two-step verification

  1. Enter the verification code that Yahoo sent you and click Create app passwords.
  2. Enter the nickname you'd like for your app in the field provided, and then click Generate password.
  3. Select your app from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click Generate.
    - The next window opens with the one-time app password and instructions on next steps.

With on-demand passwords

  1. Enter the verification code that Yahoo sent you and click Create app passwords.
  2. Enter the nickname you'd like for your app in the field provided, and then click Generate password.
  3. Select your app from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click Generate.
    - The next window opens with the one-time app password and instructions on next steps.

The "Generate Passwords" page saves a complete list of your authorized apps. As another layer of security, under the App Passwords section you'll also see a timestamp of the last time you used an app password with that app. From there, you can also remove access to the app if you lose your mobile device or stop using an app.

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