How to Permanently Delete a Yahoo Account

Written By Alla Levin
January 05, 2021

Why Should I Delete my Yahoo Account?

Yahoo revolutionized internet communications over a decade ago. The email has been their most popular service offering. However, many shocking incidents of data leaks breaches have made many users discontinue their services.

The company faced three massive security breaches in the recent past. These show a lack of responsibility for the security of customer data. In 2013, all 3 billion of its users were affected, while in 2014, more than 500 million accounts were attacked by hackers. Despite such an incident, security measures were not tightened, and another breach happened in 2016 where the usernames and passwords of 200 million users had been sold on the darknet.

No system is fully protected or immune to malicious attacks. However, what’s troubling is that most of these breaches were only identified much later. The platform is open to giving away its customer data, making it risky and unsafe for sensitive and private data. If these incidents worry you, then you’re safer without Yahoo and should delete the Yahoo account.

The consequences of deleting your Yahoo accountHow to Delete a Yahoo Account

There are a few things that you should carefully consider before clicking delete. You lose access to all your data and preferences. That’s not all, and you’ll also lose all the photos saved on Flickr.

The results of deleting your account will depend on the process you follow. If you have any subscribed services, make sure you unsubscribe them first. If you fail to do so, subscription payments will continue to be charged.

Most importantly, don’t forget to notify your contacts that they should no longer be contacting that email address. It’s not just that you will not get the emails, but Yahoo is swift in recycling their email addresses. So your email address will become available to new users after just 40 days, and someone can steal your identity or hassle your contacts. They can even use it for fraud if you don’t remove the Yahoo account from your banking data.

How to delete my Yahoo email account

The process is quite straightforward. Just head over to the termination page on

How to recover an old Yahoo account?

If you want to recover your account for some reason, you must do so within 40 days of deleting it. Yahoo deletes the user after 40-days, so you have a grace period until then. Log in with your username and password, and it will reactivate your account automatically.

Most common questions on deleting your Yahoo account

How to Permanently Delete a Yahoo Account

How do you delete a Yahoo account permanently?

Your data isn’t deleted permanently. It is still available for 40 days, even after deletion. Now, you may be wondering if there is a permanent way to delete the Yahoo account in one go. The short answer is “no.” There is no way to remove all your data instantaneously. It will only happen after 40 days after you deactivate the Yahoo account.

Note that this period can differ based on your country and region. So make sure that you don’t log in during the grace period.

Does closing Yahoo also close the email accounts?

Yes, Yahoo deactivates email accounts as well. You’ll lose access to all Yahoo services immediately when you close or deactivate the Yahoo account. This includes email services, along with all your user data, contacts, and calendars.

Reactivate your Yahoo account

You can reactivate your account in the same manner as you would your email address. You can log in to your account during the grace period, which is a minimum of 40 days. But remember that this period changes depending on your country and region.

What happens after my account is closed?

You will lose access to all Yahoo services. The most significant would be your emails and Flickr. Any other subscribed services will also be deactivated.

What Does It Mean to Delete Mail Account?

All your emails are deleted for good after the 40-day grace period. You will permanently lose all your data, files, and calendar appointments as well. You will also lose any photos you have on Flickr.

If you’re wondering whether Yahoo deletes all your data, then the answer isn’t a hard yes. Some data is left over. However, Yahoo also says that it deletes almost all the data from their servers. You can learn more about the types of retained data, head over to their support page on Data Storage and Anonymization. Anonymized data has been or will still be used for analytics purposes, but it won’t have any of your info.

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