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Two-step verification for extra account security

Add an extra layer of protection to your Yahoo account with two-step verification. Two-step verification uses both your password and an extra security code to verify your identity whenever you sign in to your account. If someone other than yourself tries to access your account, even if they guess your password, they still wouldn't be able to get in without using two-step verification.

Two-step verification will only trigger the first time you use your computer or device, unless you've cleared your browser's cache. If you lose your mobile phone, please sign in using a device we recognize.

Another option for added account security is on-demand passwords. Learn more about them in our on-demand passwords introduction.

Activate two-step verification

  1. Sign in to your Yahoo Account info page.
  2. Click Security, then select Two-step verification.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete setup.

To verify your mobile number, you'll need to choose whether you'd like to recieve an SMS or a call with the verification code.

Some third-party apps don't work with two-step verification, and will require you to generate a separate "App Password" to connect with Yahoo. They include:

  • Mail apps like iOS Mail, Android Mail, and Outlook
  • Some Yahoo apps like Messenger on PC

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