How to Sign Up for Yahoo.Com
By Nick Peers
Yahoo provides a free email service with 1 TB of storage space for all your personal and business emails. It also provides a free instant messaging application — Yahoo Messenger — that you can use to keep in touch with your friends and family. To get access to Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Messenger, as well as other Yahoo services, you need a Yahoo account.
You need a valid mobile phone number to verify your new Yahoo account. The phone number is also used to reset the Yahoo password when you can't access the account.
You can't create a Yahoo Mail account with your Gmail account. Also, you can't use your Facebook account to register on Yahoo.
Open the Yahoo Registration Web page in your Web browser and enter the required information into the Web form.
- Type your name into the First Name and Last Name fields.
- Type your desired username into the Yahoo Username field. If the username is unavailable, choose a different one. The username must have at least four characters.
- Type a strong password into the Password field. A strong password has at least eight uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols; it should not contain full words.
Type your mobile number into the Mobile Number field. You must have access to the phone number to verify the Yahoo account.
Choose your birthday using the Month, Day and Year boxes.
- Select your gender by clicking the Male or Female radio button.
The username can contain only letters, numbers, underscores and a single period; it can't contain spaces or other characters.
Type an optional recovery mobile phone number into the Optional Recovery Number field and state your relationship with its owner into the Relationship field.
Use the optional recovery number to reset the Yahoo account password if you lose your mobile phone.
Use the phone number of someone you trust, such as a family member or your best friend.
If you receive an SMS from Yahoo — it usually takes less than a minute — on your mobile phone, type the code into the Enter Code field and click OK to verify the account. In many cases, Yahoo doesn't send a verification code and you are taken directly to your Yahoo Mail Inbox folder.
Nick Peers has been writing technology-related articles since 2003. His articles have appeared in dozens of technical publications, including MSN UK, CNET, BBC Who Do You Think You Are, LifeHacker UK and TechRadar. He holds a Masters in information technology degree from the University of East London.