How to Delete a Yahoo! Account

By Nadine Ali

Yahoo! Mail is ranked as the top free webmail provider, making Yahoo! the third most visited website in the United States and fourth in the world. According to Mark Brownlow of Email Marketing Reports, Yahoo! Mail is the most popular email website as of May 2010. According to an analysis of Yahoo! traffic by Web statistics site Alexa, Yahoo! Mail generates more than 43 percent of Yahoo! website traffic. However, if you have a Yahoo! account and want to delete it, Yahoo! makes it easy to do right on its site.

Step 1

Go to the Yahoo! account termination page (see Resources).

Step 2

Log in to the account you would like to delete.

Step 3

Review the information under "Terminating Your Yahoo Account" to see which services will be canceled by this process and which must be removed separately. For example, deleting your account will cancel your email, Hot Jobs, Yahoo! Small Business and GeoCities services, but will not "alter or delete your Yahoo People Search listing," according to the Yahoo! account termination information.

Step 4

Re-enter your password to confirm your identity.

Step 5

Type out the confirmation code displayed at the bottom of the page, then click "Terminate This Account."

Tips & Warnings

  • Once you delete your Yahoo! account, you will be unable to recover any emails, even if you later restore the account.