Long, complicated passwords are a good way to keep your accounts secure online, but no one really likes typing complex strings of letters, numbers, and other characters every time. So Yahoo introduced the Account Key, a push notification-based login method that requires you to remember only your username and have access to your smartphone or tablet.
In March, Yahoo took a first step forward with static passwords and introduced on-demand temporary passwords sent to mobile devices. This new method, called Account Key and introduced this week with the latest version of the Yahoo Mail app – available on Android and iOS – lets you use your phone or tablet to confirm you’re the person trying to access your account.
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If you are worried that someone with access to your phone can access your Yahoo email account, Yahoo forces you to unlock the phone or tablet with your device’s PIN after pressing Yes on the push notification. Here is how it all works.
How to set up and use Yahoo account key without password
1. Select the Person button at the top right of the screen.
2. Tap Settings.
3. Select Account key.
4. Tap Continue.
5. Select “We’ll show you how it works”.
6. Tap “View Account Key”.
seven. Tap the Yes circle. Here’s what an account key will look like if you open it when your phone is unlocked. After that, Yahoo Mail makes you click on the “No” circle to show you how not to approve access to your account.
8. You will be prompted to confirm the phone number of the device on which you want to receive push notifications. Press “Yes, activate the account key” if it’s correct. Otherwise, select “No, update my phone number” and follow these steps.
9. Press “Great, I got it! ” proceed.
10. The next time you enter your username to sign in to your Yahoo account, you will not receive a password field. Instead of, Select Continue for the account key to be sent to your mobile device.
11. On your device, a push notification will appear. On iOS, if your screen is locked, give the notification a short slide to the left. A full slide will ask you to enter your password to unlock the device.
12. Select Yes, which will prompt you to unlock your device.
Back on your computer, you are now signed in to Yahoo!