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

A recovery email address is a point of contact where Yahoo can reach you outside your primary Yahoo Mail address or mobile phone number.

These are reasons why using an recovery email address is important:

  • As a security measure, Yahoo emails you alerts there when important changes are made on your account.
  • If you forget your password, use the Sign-in Helper to send a code to your recovery phone or email to get you back into your account.
  • If you lost your cell phone or forgot to update a changed number in your account info, the recovery email is the only backup way to receive that code.