There are many different web based email accounts from which to choose. Some email providers, such as Google, Hotmail, and Yahoo, have made it quite easy to set up a new email account. When setting up a new account, perhaps with a different web based email provider, you may end up with an account that you no longer want or use.
Chances are you have an old yahoo account that you no longer wish to use as it is redundant and you want to reduce the amount of time that you currently spend checking all of your email accounts. If you have an email on Yahoo that you wish to delete, you may find it difficult to find information on how to do it.
It is important to note that once you have followed these steps and deleted your yahoo mail account all of your emails, messages, contacts, and attachments will be deleted as well. These items will be gone and you will not be able to access them again. It is a good idea to go through the email account that you are going to delete and make sure to backup all of the emails and other information that you may need in the future. Once you have backed up your important information you can then begin the process of deleting your yahoo mail account.
Step 1: Sign into Your Current Yahoo Mail Account
The first step that you need to complete in order to delete your account is to sign into the account. If you have forgotten the password for the account you will need to use the password recovery link in order to open up the account.
Step 2: Open the Homepage on Yahoo
The next step is to open up the Yahoo home page. Once the homepage is open you will want to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the help button. The help button is located on the bottom of the page in the right hand corner. Once you are on the help page you will want to click on the my account tab, which is at the bottom.
Once you have entered the my account page you will want to select the tab that says register or delete account. Click on the closing a Yahoo account tab. In the middle of the page you will find an account termination link. You will want to click on this tab in order to begin the process of deleting your account.
Step 3: Enter Login Information Again
Even though you have already signed into your account, you are going to need to log into the account again. The reason for this is so that an account that is accidently left open somewhere cannot be deleted.
Step 4: Read and Agree to the Account Termination Page
Once you log into your account again you will be taken to the account termination notification page. It is important to read the information that is provided on the page. You should note that deleting your yahoo mail account will revoke your access to all yahoo services including your ID, mail, contacts, flickr account, etc.
If you have any paid services through Yahoo make sure that you unsubscribe to them before you delete your account. If you fail to unsubscribe to these services you may continue to be charged even after you have deleted your Yahoo mail account.
Step 5: Enter Password
Once you have completed the steps above you will then be asked to enter your password again in order to confirm the deletion of the account. In addition to entering your password you will be asked to fill out a CAPTCHA in order to prove that the request for deletion of the account is not automated. If you are ready to terminate the account, click yes.
Undoing a Deletion
Currently, yahoo saves all account information for a period of 90 days. If you decide that you want to reopen the account and 90 days have not passed you will be able to reactivate the account.
If you have violated the terms of service for the account, Yahoo will not reactivate the account for any reason. Also, if the account has not been used in the past year, the deleted account cannot be reactivated.
While there are many reasons that you may want to delete your Yahoo mail account, it is important to note that deleting your account is not your only option if you are having difficulty signing in or if you have any concerns about the security of your account. Deleting your account is permanent and requires you losing all of your Yahoo account access.
If you think your account has been hacked you can take several steps in order to gain access back. First, you can review your account settings and change the password for your account. When choosing a new password for your account make sure that it is strong by using a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Changing your password regularly is a good way to keep your account safe from hackers.
It is also important to make sure that your account recovery information is up to date. Make sure that you have correct alternate emails and phone numbers listed. If you do not already have one, make sure to list at least one alternate email and a phone number on your account. This is an important part of recovering your account should it ever be hacked.
Overall, if you have a Yahoo mail account that you are no longer using, deleting the account is an option. Just make sure that you take the appropriate steps to backup any important information from the account such as addresses, phone numbers, personal information, and emails and attachments that have been sent to you. Once you have all the information that you need saved, you can complete the steps to get rid of the unwanted email.