How to Set Up a New Email Account With Yahoo

by Angela De Schrijver

Setting up a new Yahoo email account is free, and enables you to access your mail from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection, providing convenience and flexibility. Once you have established a Yahoo email address, you can use your ID to access all other Yahoo products. Yahoo email accounts come with many features, including spam protection and POP aggregation, which means you may be able to access your Yahoo email through Microsoft Outlook. You can also use your Yahoo inbox to chat with your friends on Facebook.

1

Launch a Web browser and navigate to the Yahoo Mail homepage (link in Resources). Click the “Create New Account” button at the bottom to launch the Yahoo registration page.

2

Enter your personal information -- including your name, gender, birthday, language and location -- in the top section of the form.

3

Think of a user ID and enter it in the field labeled “Yahoo! ID and Email,” then select an email domain from the drop-down list. Your choices are “yahoo.com,” “ymail.com” and “rocketmail.com.”

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Click the “Check” button to verify if the ID is available. If the user ID you want is not available, you receive a message stating that “This ID is already taken.” Yahoo may suggest alternative IDs, or you can try another user ID of your own choosing.

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Set up a password, making sure to confirm it below as requested. Your password’s strength is displayed to the right to let you know if it’s "too short," "strong" or "very strong."

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Enter an existing alternate email address, if you want. This makes it easier for you to access your account in case you forget your user ID or password.

7

Select two “Secret Questions” and enter their answers in the respective “Yahoo Answer” fields. Yahoo will ask you one or more of these questions if you forget your ID or need to reset your password.

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Type the code shown in the CAPTCHA box to verify you are a human user and not a computer.

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Click the “Create My Account” button at the bottom after reviewing the terms of service and privacy policy, which are available via the links above the button.

Tips

  • check Passwords are case-sensitive, must be between 6 and 32 characters long, and cannot contain your name.
  • check Click “Try a New Code” link if you have a hard time seeing the CAPTCHA characters displayed. Alternatively, click the “Audio Code” link and have the computer verbally tell you what the verification characters are.

About the Author

Angela De Schrijver holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and communication technology. She has written for companies within a variety of industries, including information technology, law, nonprofit, insurance and financial services.

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