How to Change and Reset Your Yahoo Password

Updated: 17th February 2017

It is very common for someone to forget their password.

Yahoo like other  on line services provide some form of password reset mechanism.

Note: Resetting your password is a different procedure than changing the password.

Yahoo make it easy to reset or recover your password provided that you have set up password reset options in advance.

However resetting your password is not the first thing you should try, as when you do you will need to update your password on all devices that you use to access your email.

A quicker option is to try to Find or Recovering Your Email Passwords. which can be quite easy to do.

Reset Yahoo Password

If you cannot find the password then you will have no option but to reset it.

To Reset your Yahoo password  go to the Yahoo email login page and select the option- I cannot access my account.


Select the problem from the list – I have a problem with my password


You will need to enter your Yahoo ID (email address)


Next you must select a reset method.

The choices you have here depend on what options you have configured for your account.

In the screen shot below you can see I have several options, and I chose the send email to address option.


You get notification that an email has been sent.

You then need to go to the recovery mailbox.


The email comes from Yahoo member services.


Open the email and click the Reset my password link


You can then enter your new password


You get a confirmation screen and an option to update your mobile contact number.


An email is also sent to your recovery email account(s).


The process is simple and straightforward, but you need to have set up some password recovery options in advance.

Setting or Changing Yahoo Password Recovery Options

You can change your recovery options by going to the Yahoo account info settings.


Select the Update Password reset option.


I recommend you set up two recovery email addresses if possible.

If you don’t have that many addresses yourself you can use the email address of a trusted source e.g. your wife.

Changing Your Yahoo Password

Your email password is your Yahoo account password. To change it place your cursor over the gear icon (top right). A drop down menu appears.



Select account info (at the bottom), Select account security from the menu on the left and then click on the change password link.


A security dialogue box appears select change password at the bottom.


A new password box appears enter your new password and confirm it. Remember to choose a strong password.


A recovery options screen appears showing your current recovery options and the option of changing them.


Click Looks Good to Finish.

Now close the browser and then open it and sign into Yahoo mail with the new password.

If you go to your recovery email mailbox you should see an email from Yahoo about the password change.


Common Problems

If you look at some of the most common questions involving getting access to an online account, Yahoo, Gmail etc then the reason most people struggle to get access is:

  • They never entered any recovery options
  • The recovery option details they entered are out of date and no longer working. e.g. they no longer have access to the recovery email mailbox.
  • The password prompts they used were not properly thought out.
  • They had no system for creating easy to remember passwords.


Resetting or recovering from a lost Yahoo password is relatively easy, but only if you have been careful enough to create and update your recovery options.

You should change your password should be done periodically which is why it is important to have a system for choosing new easy to remember passwords.

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