Questions and issues using Yahoo Account Key

Yahoo Account Key should make your life easier, but some issues can keep the process from running smoothly. Whether you lost your phone or your apps aren't working, follow these instructions to help fix these problems.

You don't have your phone on you or you forgot your password after turning off Account Key

You have a new phone and still have access to your old phone

On your new phone:

  1. Get the same Yahoo app that you were using on your old phone for your Account Key notifications.
  2. Open the app and tap Sign in.
  3. On the sign-in page, enter your username and tap Continue.
    - The next page says it's waiting for you to approve a notification sent to the old phone.
  4. On your old phone, approve the notification.
    - A 4 character code is displayed.
  5. On the new phone, enter the code displayed on your old phone in the text box displayed on the new phone and tap Sign in.

Your new phone is ready to receive Account Key notifications!

  Not planning to use the old phone again? - Sign out of your account from the Yahoo app that you were using on the old phone then go to the phone’s settings to erase and reset the phone.

You have a new phone but do NOT have access to your old phone

  1. Download the same Yahoo app that you were using on your old phone for your Account Key notifications.
  2. Open the app and tap Sign in.
  3. On the sign-in page, tap Can’t access your account.
  4. Follow the instructions in our article for recovering your account using your mobile phone.

You get a new phone number

If you get a new phone number, but keep using the same phone, follow the steps below.

  1. Sign in to your Account info page and click your existing number.
  2. Click Add recovery phone number.
  3. Enter your mobile number in the space provided.
  4. Click Send SMS.
    - Yahoo sends a push notification to your phone.
  5. Enter the Account Key in the space provided.
  6. Click Verify.

Your 3rd party apps stop working

Some 3rd party apps, such as iOS Mail, Android Mail, and Outlook, don't work with Yahoo Account Key enabled. To use these apps, you'll need to generate app passwords for them.

You never receive an Account Key sign-in notification

Still not getting a sign-in notification? Try this:

  1. Go to the Yahoo sign-in page.
  2. Enter in your Yahoo email address | Click Next.
  3. Click Use text or email to sign in.
  4. Enter the missing digits of your phone number | Click Submit.
  5. If you have access to this phone, click Yes, text me an Account Key.
    - Don’t have access? You’ll get the option to verify your alternate email address instead.
  6. Enter the Account Key in the space provided | Click Verify.
  7. Click Continue to access your account.

Success, you're back in!

You want to turn off Account Key

If you want to go back to signing in with your password, you'll need to disable Yahoo Account Key.

Turn off Account Key from a computer.

  1. From your computer, go to your Yahoo Account info page.
  2. Click Account security.
  3. Click Manage next to Yahoo Account Key.
  4. Click Disable Account Key.
  5. Click Yes, disable Account Key to confirm.
  6. Click Got it.

Next time you sign in to Yahoo, you'll be able to sign in with your old password. You won't receive a sign-in notification on your phone.

Turn off Account Key from an app.

  1. Open an Account Key supported Yahoo app.
  2. Tap the Menu icon Image of the Sidebar menu icon..
  3. Tap the Account Key.
  4. Tap Manage Account Key.
  5. Tap Yes, disable Account Key to confirm.
  6. Tap Yes, disable Account Key.
  7. Tap Got it.

You want to use 2-step verification with Account Key

Unfortunately, you can't. Account Key is similar to traditional two-step verification, but there’s no memorized password. If you want to be extra cautious, you can turn off Account Key and turn on two-step verification instead.