How Do I Set Up a Yahoo Email Account?

by Chad Davis ; Updated August 24, 2017

You can set up your Yahoo account from anywhere you have an internet connection using either the Yahoo sign-up website or the Yahoo Mail mobile app. A free Yahoo email account allows you to send and receive emails from anywhere you can get online. Once you have your Yahoo email account, you can use the same sign-in information to access other Yahoo services, like Flickr and Messenger.

Standard Yahoo Mail

You can sign up for standard Yahoo Mail by creating an account on the Yahoo Sign Up page from any internet browser or by tapping on Yahoo Mail, then the blue “Sign up” link at the bottom when you open the Yahoo Mail app on an iOS or Android device. You are required to enter your first name, last name, mobile number and date of birth in order to create an account. The Yahoo username you create in the “Email address” field when you sign up is the first part of your Yahoo email address, before @yahoo.com. In order to avoid account expiration due to inactivity, you must sign in to your account at least once every 12 months.

Setting Up Yahoo Mail on Mobile Devices

You can access your Yahoo Mail account from any mobile browser, just like you would on a computer. Yahoo Mail also has a stand-alone app for iOS and Android that allows you to sign in with your account and see all of your Yahoo emails in a mobile friendly layout. You can add Yahoo accounts to the default iOS and Android Mail apps as well.

To add your Yahoo Mail account to the iOS Mail app, tap on the Settings app icon. Scroll down and tap Mail > Accounts > Add Account. Choose “Yahoo!” from the list of providers, then enter your Yahoo email address and password when prompted.

If you’re using an Android device, hold your device’s menu button and choose “Settings.” Next, tap Add Account > Email. Enter your full Yahoo email address and password, tap “Next,” adjust any sync settings you want to change from the default, tap “Next” again, enter the name you want displayed on outgoing emails and tap “Next” a final time.

Optional Yahoo Mail Plans

In addition to the features available with a standard Yahoo Mail account, Yahoo has options to purchase ad-free accounts to remove all graphical and text ads from your account. Yahoo Mail Pro removes all ads whether you access your account from a browser or in the Yahoo Mail mobile app. You must purchase Yahoo Mail Pro from a computer by clicking on the Settings gear icon, then choosing Yahoo Mail Pro. If you’re using the new Yahoo Mail interface, you need to choose “More Settings” after you click on the gear icon to see the option for Yahoo Mail Pro. You’ll be prompted to choose a monthly or yearly subscription and click “Pay.” Yahoo Mail Pro is $3.49 per month or $34.99 per year.

You can also purchase Yahoo Mail Pro for Mobile through the Yahoo Mail app on iOS or Android by tapping on the menu icon in the app, choosing “Get Yahoo Mail Pro on mobile” and following the prompts to subscribe. Yahoo Mail Pro for Mobile purchases are tied to your Apple ID or Google Play account, and the subscription only remove ads in the mobile app. Yahoo Mail Pro for Mobile is $0.99 per month or $9.99 per year.

Yahoo Business Mail accounts let you choose a custom domain name for your email address as long as you purchase a minimum of five mailboxes. You can also transfer or use an existing domain with your Yahoo Business Mail account as well. Yahoo Business Mail costs $1.59 per mailbox per month and is billed yearly.

Yahoo Mail Features

Yahoo Mail accounts come with 1 TB of storage. You are limited to a maximum of 25 MB per email, including attachments, for sending and receiving. After you create your account, access your email by signing in to Yahoo Mail from any browser or the mobile app. Click "Compose" to draft a new message.

To add extra email addresses to your account to differentiate between your identities and keep your primary Yahoo account private, click the Settings gear icon from your Yahoo Mail account in a web browser, then click “Settings.” Choose “Accounts” on the left side and click on your Yahoo email address. Click “Create address” under “Extra email address” and type in the name you want for your second email address. Click Check Availability, then “Choose.” Complete the CAPTCHA when prompted and finally, click on “Go to Inbox.” You can only have one extra Yahoo email address per account.

When you compose a message, click "From" and then select the account you wish to send from. You can also set up other email accounts to display when you access your Yahoo Mail inbox. From a computer, click on “Add Gmail, Outlook, AOL and more” on the left side to add additional email addresses from other providers. In the Yahoo Mail mobile app, tap on the menu icon at the top left and choose “Add another mailbox.”

About the Author

Located in Denver, Chad Davis has been writing about technology for more than 10 years. He is a technical writer for information technology and product development. Davis provides grant writing and marketing services to small businesses. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from the University of New Mexico.

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