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About two-step verification

Add an extra layer of protection to your Yahoo account with two-step verification. 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.

 Before you read on, remember that you also have the option to enable on-demand passwords instead. Learn more about what on-demand passwords are and how to turn them on in this 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, you'll need to choose whether you'd like to recieve an SMS or a call to your mobile device.

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

  Change your mobile number? Update it in your Yahoo account info.


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