Yahoo provide free and popular basic email services.
To create a new yahoo email account go to the Yahoo mail homepage at mail.yahoo.com.
If you are outside the USA you should automatically be redirected to a local Yahoo site.
e.g. uk.Yahoo.com for Yahoo -UK and de.Yahoo.com for Yahoo Germany
You should find a link to create a new account next to the sign in button
Click the Sign Up link next to New here and at the bottom of the login form under Don’t have a Yahoo ID is a create New Account button.
When you click the button you are presented with a form that you need to complete.
There are a couple of important aspects to the form:
- It asks for your date of birth – I don’t give my exact DOB because of security concerns. If you don’t want to give yours then use a memorable date and stay in the approximate year/month to your real one.
- I also don’t give my exact postcode but again it is near.
- Try to use a second email address if you have one, or use a spouses email as the alternative email. You should also add a mobile phone number if you have one. This is very important if you get hacked. See Recovery email password
- Choose a strong password.- Very Important
- You will get a confirmation form with all the details that you have entered make sure you print it and store in safely you may need it at a later date if you have problems with your account.
- The email address and Yahoo id are the same.Below are some guidelines on choosing an email address.
Email Addresses Guidelines
You can have the standard Yahoo.com or use country specific yahoo domains like yahoo.co.uk and yahoo.de (Germany).
When you sign up for the yahoo account you can select the domain name.
The format is:
The problem with these addresses is that it is very difficult tp obtain a sensible address that doesn’t contain numbers Like:
Choosing an Email Address Tips
You can try prefixing or post fixing words/numbers to your preferred email address, but don’t use anything silly, and that you would be embarrassed with if you had to give your address to someone.
If your preferred name is email@example.com but this is already taken. Then you could try to post fix the name with
- Your date of birth e.g. joecope1960@Yahoo.com
- a meaningful word like mail e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also separate names with a full stop. So try joe.cope@yahoo .com and if you have a middle initial then you could try.
joewcope@ or joe.w.cope@
You should note that your Yahoo id and Yahoo email address are the same.
Don’t risk having your account hacked by using easy to guess passwords. See this tip –how to create easy to remember and secure passwords for a guide.
Signing In To Your Account
Most people will access their Yahoo email account using a web browser.
Yahoo provides a toolbar for the main browsers which makes it easier to access email as well as other Yahoo services.
If you don’t want to install the toolbar then you can manually enter the mail url in the browser address bar, use a bookmark or a desktop shortcut..
The mail url is mail.yahoo.com but you will probably get redirected to a regional page depending on your location.
The keep me signed in check box is usually enabled by default, but I prefer to un-check this.
Your browser might ask to remember the login details, and I usually accept this, but you should only do this on computers you own, and not on a public computer or a friends computer.
Accessing Your Email
In the top right hand corner of the Yahoo home page you will find two links.
The Mail icon may have a number inside a red circle next to it. This number is the number of unread email messages in your inbox.
Click on the Mail icon to go to your Yahoo mailbox.
In the top right hand corner you will see a purple wheel icon. If you place your mouse over this a drop down menu appears.
Click in gear icon to open the drop down tab and click account info to open a new window to manage your Yahoo account settings.
Important Account settings are:
Alternative email addresses -these addresses are used if you forget your password etc
Contact Phone – Used for security. Make sure you verify the phone number.
Change Password – You should do this if you think your password is weak and if possible on a regular basis for better security.
Common Questions and Answers
Q – I’ve forgotten my password what do I do
A –You can try to find your old password or as a last resort you can reset your password.
Q- I want to create a new Yahoo mail account but I have one already, can I still create a new one?
A- Yes. I don’t believe that there is a limit to the number of accounts you can have. However if you just want a new Yahoo email address then you can create extra email addresses for the same account. See How to Change Your Yahoo Email Address
Q- What is the difference between a Yahoo ID and a Yahoo Email Address?
A- Nothing -Your email address is your Yahoo ID
Q- How do I get my old emails from my old email account to the new account?
A- There are various techniques to doing this. The choice depends on your old email account, and what you want to keep or transfer to the new Yahoo account. See How to move email messages from Yahoo Mail.
Q- Can I access my Yahoo email on my Mobile Phone?
A- Yes see Yahoo Mobile email
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- Organise your Email in Yahoo Mail
- How to cancel your Yahoo email account
- Recover or reset Your Yahoo Email Password