• Yahoo’s Two-Step Verification- Add An Extra Layer of Security

    | Updated on June 28, 2023

    Yahoo is known for making consistent efforts to make its email service better than its competitors. One such feature that it has added to its email service is two-step authentication i.e. two steps to a successful login to Yahoo when accessed on an unknown device or browser. Owing to the escalating number of hacking incidents, Yahoo tried to gain the trust of its users by providing them an opportunity to put a double lock on their accounts and stay assured of their security. 

    But does this login method has proved helpful in reality or have added to the problems of Yahoo users? Is it easy to turn on and off the two-step verification for Yahoo? Are there any drawbacks attached to it? Relax; I have all the answers you need, just read this guide till the end to get familiar with this security protocol. 


    Just as you use a password to check in to your Yahoo account, the two-step verification method necessitates entering a verification code in addition to the password only when you log in to your Yahoo account on a new/unknown device otherwise only entering the password will work. 

    So whenever someone else will try to gain access to your account, you will be notified there and then. To set up the verification method, you will need to connect your mobile number or email address to your account (linking both is recommended) to get the code.

    Sounds easy, right? Let’s shed some more light on Yahoo’s attempt to make its accounts more secure through two-step verification.

    Steps to Set Up Two-Step Verification on Yahoo

    1. Visit Yahoo Login Page and click on ‘Sign in’ in the top-right corner.
    Yahoo Sign in Page
    1. Type in your Yahoo username, email address, or mobile number that you have used to create your Yahoo account; press ‘Next’.
    Enter your Yahoo username, email address or mobile number or click on next
    1. Now, type in your Yahoo account’s password and click on ‘Next’.
    enter your password and click on next
    1. Take the cursor to your profile name at the top-right corner and from the menu that shows up, click on ‘Manage Accounts’.
    Go to manage accounts option
    1. On the next page, click on the ‘Account Info’ option to manage the account security features.
    open account info page
    1. Click on ‘Account Security’ in the left column to set up two-step verification for the Yahoo account. 
    click on account security option
    1. Scroll down to the heading ‘Two-step verification’ and turn the toggle ‘On’ for ‘Phone Number’ that says sign in by verifying the code sent to your phone.
    see the two-step verification and enable phone number for verification
    1. On the next screen, enter your mobile number and select if you want the code via SMS or Call.
    enter your mobile number, select one option - send sms or call me
    1. Now, you will see a prompt to create a password to access Yahoo mail in Outlook or on iPhone as they don’t support two-step verification and Yahoo may not work with Outlook without generating third-party app passwords. You can also skip this step and do it later.
    create apps passwords
    1. Now you can see two-step verification is activated.
    now your two-step verification activated

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    How to Login to Yahoo Using Two-Step Verification?

    Normally, the Yahoo login process involves simply entering the username followed by the password. However, with two-step verification, it involves entering a verification code in addition to your password as an additional layer of security only if you are using a new browser or device to login or else only entering the password will be fine. After enabling two-step verification, here is how you can test it:

    1. Go to Yahoo’s login page on a new browser or open an incognito tab and click on ‘Sign in’ in the top-right corner.
    Yahoo login page
    1. Type in your Yahoo username, email address, or mobile number that you have used to create your Yahoo account; press ‘Next’.
    enter your email id, username or phone number and tab on next
    1. Now, type in your Yahoo account’s password and click on ‘Next’.
    enter password or click on next button
    1. Now, it will recognize the unknown device and will ask you to select out of your mobile number or email address to verify that this is your account. Select the one that you have access to and you will receive a verification code on it.
    Select one option - email or phone number
    1. Next, enter the code and click on ‘Verify’. If you didn’t receive the code, click on ‘Resend Code’ or you can also change the verification method by clicking on ‘Try another way to sign in’.
    enter verification code
    1. That was all; you are successfully logged into your Yahoo account. 

    How to Turn Off Two-Step Verification?

    Yahoo 2-step verification is there to secure your device but it can also make things complicated if you have lost your phone or have changed your number without updating it in your Yahoo account. 

    My Experience with Yahoo Two-Step Verification“Even I got into such a situation when I had activated 2-step verification to secure my Yahoo account and forgot to update the number after changing my mobile device. Unfortunately, my mobile device was new to Yahoo and I have also changed the number, so as a result of extra security, Yahoo didn’t let me access my account even after entering the correct password. However, there was an alternate email address already linked to my account and that helped me in recovering my Yahoo account.”

    So if you don’t want to get into such a situation, better add a secondary email address to your Yahoo account or turn off two-step verification for it. 

    Here is how to turn off two-step verification for Yahoo:

    • Login to your Yahoo account normally by entering your username and password. Go to your profile name and click on ‘Manage Accounts’ from the menu.
    Click on manage accounts
    • On the next page, click on the ‘Account Info’ option to manage the account security features.
    tab on account info
    • Click on ‘Account Security’ in the left column to turn off two-step verification for the Yahoo account. 
    open account security page
    • Scroll down to two-step verification and turn the toggle off for ‘Phone Number’; doing this will turn it off for your Yahoo account.
    see the two-step verification and click on trun off button

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    Yahoo Account Key vs. Two-Step Verification

    In case you are confusing Yahoo’s two-step verification with Yahoo’s Account Key login method, they both are completely different. Two-step verification, as the name suggests, involves two-steps login to Yahoo. 

    After enabling two-step verification, when someone else will try to get into your Yahoo account, you will receive a notification on your phone along with a code to access your account. So this way you can easily recognize a hacking attempt and can secure your account immediately. This is one foolproof way to not let hackers enter your account even if they know your password. 

    The two-step verification will also activate whenever you will use a new device or browser to login to your Yahoo account and you will only be allowed to access your account if you enter the verification code. So make sure you always keep your phone number updated in Yahoo to not lose access to your account.

    What to Do If Yahoo 2-Step Verification isn’t Working?

    In most of the cases, Yahoo 2-step verification has proved successful except in some rare cases it may not work such as:

    • Someone illegally accessed your account on your device without your knowledge. In this case, Yahoo will not ask for the code and they will let them access by only entering the password.
    • In some cases, someone turned off the two-step verification from your Yahoo account using your device and later on, hacked your account. So in this case, Yahoo will not be able to help you. 
    • If the person has used the same browser to login to your Yahoo account, it will not ask for verification. 
    • If the hacker selected the alternate email address (if he has access to it) option to get the verification code instead of your phone number; you will easily get conned.

    So if it is not working for you better to turn it off or switch to Yahoo’s Account Key login method.

    Final Words

    All in all, Yahoo’s two-step verification can do both right and wrong; it only depends on how you manage it. If managed properly, it is the best way to keep your account safe and secure from getting hacked. Also, once enabled there is no way to bypass Yahoo verification code; you have to enter the code anyhow or forget about your account; however, you get to choose from email address or phone number as the mode of verification and that can save you from an unfortunate situation.


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    Khushboo Chhibber
    “My goal is to create technical awareness, you can call me a technophile. I am passionate about writing reviews on various gadgets and other informational content that can create a direct impact on the audience or may prove helpful to them. Moreover, technology such as mobile, gadgets, android devices, Google, streaming media, and other online services inspires me to write and reviews and make my audience aware of what might be the best for them.
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