Add two-step verification for extra security
Two-step verification is another layer of security that uses your password plus a code to verify your identity when you sign in to your account on a new, unrecognized device for the first time or after clearing the cache in your browser. We'll send your cell phone a code by text or phone call that only you'll have access to.
Turn two-step verification on or off
If you lose your cell phone, you'll need to sign in on a recognized device that you've used in the past to sign in to your Yahoo account.
- Sign in and go to your Account security page.
- Next to Two-step verification, click the toggle button to enable .
- Enter your mobile number.
- Click Send SMS to receive a text message with a code or Call me to receive a phone call.
- Enter the verification code | click Verify.
- The next window refers to the use of apps like iOS Mail or Outlook. Click Create app password to reconnect your apps. See the section below for more info.
Want to turn it off? Simply click the toggle button under Two-step verification to disable.
Using two-step verification with apps
Some apps (like iOS Mail, Android Mail, Outlook, and Yahoo messenger for PC) require a specific password to connect that app with Yahoo. If you enable two-step verification, you'll need to create a third-party app password to use in apps like these.