Why do I need a recovery email address in my Yahoo account?

An alternate email address is a point of contact where Yahoo can reach you, outside your primary Yahoo Mail address or cell phone number.

There are 3 reasons why using an recovery email address is important:

  • As a security measure, Yahoo emails you an alert when an important change is made to your account.
  • It's one way to verify a new Yahoo account, if you prefer to receive an email rather than a text message.
  • If you forget your password, Sign-in Helper can send an account key code to your alternate email. If you've changed your cell number or lost access to it, the recovery email is the only backup to receive that code.