Understand and create app passwords

Some 3rd party apps, such as iOS Mail, Android Mail, and Outlook, don't work with two-step verification, on-demand passwords (ODP) or Account Key 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, ODP/Account Key, or if you 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, Account Key, or any 3rd party apps, you don't need to create app passwords.

Generate app passwords

First, either activate two-step verification or turn on Account Key in your account to use app passwords. Remember that if you turn two-step verification on, you must turn account key off, and vice versa.

  1. Go to your Account info page | select Account security.
  2. Find "Manage app passwords" and click the number below. 
  3. Select your app from the drop down menu and click Generate.
    - Your app password appears. (You can long press to copy it.)
  4. Follow the instructions below the password.
  5. Click Done.

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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