How to Reset Yahoo Password?

2020-04-29 - 4 min read

Having to reset passwords for any of your numerous accounts is something we can all relate to. Maybe your account has been compromised and sent out phishing emails to your contact list, and now you have to take action. But it might have been years since you logged into the account – you’ve probably forgotten the password by now. Either way, resetting it is always a nuisance. This guide will walk you through how to reset your Yahoo password.

How do I change or reset my Yahoo password?

Yahoo is an icon of internet history – anyone who has been using the net for more than a decade has more than likely registered an account with Yahoo. With 225 million active users, Yahoo comes in third place for most used email-provider – just behind Gmail in first and Microsoft Outlook in second.

However, perhaps due to its online longevity, having to reset your password or trying to recover an old account is becoming a regular occurrence for many. Let’s talk you through what you need to do to change your password. Before we go any further, be aware that if your Yahoo account isn’t secured with an alternate email or a phone number, it is more than likely unrecoverable. At this point, you will need to sign up and create another account.

Create different passwords for different accounts – don’t keep reusing the same 2 or 3 in tandem. While it may be convenient for you, it’s also convenient for a criminal looking to gain access to your online accounts. Once that hacker has figured out your password, think of the havoc that can be caused if it’s the password you use for everything. When it comes to creating strong, reliable passwords, look to this guide.

Open up your browser and bring yourself to the login page. Enter your username. On the next screen, click on ”Forgotten Password?”.

If you’re on top of your online accounts, you probably updated your security settings to include your phone number. You’ll now be prompted to trigger a code sent to that number. Click ”Yes, send me a code”.

Your phone will receive a 6-digit code. Enter that code as soon as you can.

Once you input that code, you will now be asked to choose a new password. Don’t choose a password too similar to things you’ve had before — Yahoo will ask you to keep it varied.

That was relatively painless, wasn’t it?

The process is exactly the same if your recovery option is an email address. The only difference would be that your recovery email will be an 8-character code instead of the 6-digit one. Now that you’re back into your Yahoo account, let’s make sure you won’t need to reset your password again.

Once you’re back into your Yahoo account, familiarize yourself with the other security features. There’s an option for two-step verification for whenever you log in to your Yahoo mail – it adds an extra layer of much-needed security. Your phone will be sent a code you need to enter each time you want to log back in.

A password manager like NordPass will create, store, and autofill passwords for you, preventing the need for memorizing overly-long and complex codes. No one but you will be able to access those passwords.

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Monica Webster
Monica Webster
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Monica is the spirit of our content team. Her bubbliness and creativity sparkle her articles. She loves to investigate various security related problems and bring useful tips to readers. When she is not writing about technology, she explores art.
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