Tuesday, September 27, 2005

How to Close your Yahoo! Account

Closing a Yahoo account is not simple. (The don't make it easy.) However, before you do, you should carefully consider what online memberships you have created using your Yahoo! account.

This blog's author had his Yahoo! account for 10 years, and had multiple online memberships. I found it very easy to change my e-mail address on every membership I had.

Also, you may want to consider your use of Yahoo! Instant Messenger. You can easily set up a free IM account using another service. Your Previous Yahoo! IM contacts can still contact you using a hybrid IM service.(See our Comparable Services Link.)

Once you're ready to cancel your Yahoo account, follow these steps:

1. Log into the Yahoo! account you are going to cancel.
2. Click the "mail" link.
3. Click on "My Account" on the upper left.
4. You'll have to re-enter your password.
3. Click on "Edit/Create Profiles" on the right.
4. Scroll down and click on "Read our help pages."
5. In the field at the right, type "How do I close my account?"
6. Scroll down and click the account deletion link.
7. Type in your password at the bottom and click "Yes."

You're done! Thank you for participating.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks--very helpful.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

OK, done. Signed the petition, closed the account.

Let us hope that, eventually, those assholes get the picture. One of us means nothing; a million mean a lot. I'll try and spread the word as best I may.

Kenneth Johnson
Sand Point Alaska

3:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better yet, a link is included in the Privacy Policy - http://privacy.yahoo.com/privacy/us/.

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything Yahoo is very insecure and a major privacy violation. See this article:


I closed my multitude of Yahoo e-mail accounts, groups and messenger and now use the secure Hushmail Webmail and Messenger with SSL and PGP exclusively. It's available here:


Thanks for the Yahoo account closing tips. It's very much appreciated.

4:12 AM  
Anonymous Wong Online PoK√©r Hu said...

Before, closing a yahoo account is very easy. I just condemn the account until the expiration day comes. However, I am afraid that some hackers might use it. Your method is safer and also effective.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Here's a question, though: how can you close it and make a point? I'm sure many people close their Yahoo accounts every day. It would be nice to have a list of people who have closed their accounts. Or have the email addresses of prominent Yahoo executives we could mail.

For the moment, I've left my account open, but don't use it anymore, and have edited my Yahoo profile to have the BooYahoo icon on it instead of my pic, and links to this site and to the Shi Tao wikipedia entry. Maybe that actually might be more effective than simply closing accounts; it would be ironic for Yahoo to (hopefully) eventually paying to keep up hundreds or thousands of profiles all denouncing them.


6:47 AM  
Anonymous Magpie Maniac said...

Done. Closed two Yahoo accounts just now. One of them was the first web-based email account I ever had. Had to have been 8 or 10 years old. Sort of sad, but necessary. Yahoo is dead to me.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The steps to colsing Yahoo account doesn't works with the Chinese Yahoo! account., as I cannot find the " closing your yahoo account" choice in the "Read our help pages".

I had tried to close my Yahoo account before and I was required to send the application with names and other information I used for registration to Yahoo! China, but I don't keep all the information. So these Yahoo! busters keeps my account so that they can seel it to AD buyers. (I don't know if there is other ways to close Chinese yahoo account. Could someone help?)

I think another useful way to close your yahoo account could be just stopping using it for over three months and Yahoo will automatically delete your account.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Anderson says:

"Thank You"

I had too much junk and I could not consider the time to unsuscribe to them all. What a relief.



12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, i tried to close my yahoo account but there is no link with

"How do I close my account?"

Please can you revise this!

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there. Really interesting. I used to have 2 yahoo accounts, but have now closed one. Unfortunately, I have to keep the other one as it is associated with my Flickr account and if I close my Yahoo account, I will lose my Flickr account, but as I have a premium account will have wait until that expires. It's like Yahoo are holding me to ransom.

3:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks its like yahoo made it so hard to close my account because they didn't want u to.Now i only have one yea.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried to close yahoo.co.uk account, and after it ask for me password to confirm closure it does nothing - the account is still active. Yahoo do not appear to have any form of help to resolve this.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankyou very much for your article.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very helpful, thanks so much, went smoothly!!!!

7:29 PM  
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3:12 AM  
Anonymous LGWhite said...

Thanks for the instructions on closing my Yahoo acct. I first have to check and see if Verizon will still work, since they seem to be tied to Yahoo. Also, I liked someone's suggestion of putting the BooYahoo button on their page...I wonder if they've gotten "deleted" yet! Recently, PC World reviewed an number of email providers to see who made it the toughest to get out: earthlink and AOL. Guess we can add Yahoo! They're SOOO nice, 'til you want free speech or freedom, period.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This information was clear and helped me alot!Thank you.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it doesn't work for me. i click "Edit/Create Profiles" and i receive "The connection has timed out. The server at edit.profiles.yahoo.com is taking too long to respond."

3:43 AM  
Anonymous Quertime said...

You may check out the URL below to close your Yahoo! account. Step by step instruction is provided.


9:48 AM  

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