2-Step Verification with a Security Key

A security key is a physical device that will be uniquely associated with your Yahoo account after you enable it. Each time you sign in with your password, you'll be prompted to approve access to your account using your key. This prevents anyone who doesn't have your security key device from gaining access to your account.

Requirements to enable Security Key

  • Your device needs a USB or a USB-C port to insert the security key or you can connect it wirelessly using Bluetooth or NFC.
  • You must have the latest version of Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari or Opera.
  • You need a FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) compatible security key that can plug into the USB or lightning port for your device or connect wirelessly using Bluetooth or Near Field Communication (NFC). Order a compatible security key from a retailer you trust.

Enable Security Key

  Emergency recovery code - You'll be given a separate code during sign up in case you can't use the security key. Print or write down this info and keep it safe. Make sure it remains easily accessible in case you're unable to use the security key in the future.

  1. Sign in to the Yahoo Account security page.
  2. Next to "2-Step Verification," click Turn on 2SV.
  3. Click Get started.
  4. Select Security key.
  5. Click Set up Key.
  6. Follow the on-screen prompts to finish setting up your Security Key.

Sign in with Security Key

  1. Sign in to your Yahoo account with your password.
  2. Connect your Security Key to your device’s USB or lightning port, or connect via bluetooth.
  3. When prompted by the browser, plug in and tap your key.

Lost or misplaced Security Key

If you no longer have your Security Key:

  1. Go to the Sign-in Helper to regain access to your account.
  2. Click Try signing in another way.
  3. Enter your Emergency recovery code, which was given to you during set up.
  4. Sign in to the Yahoo Account Security page.
  5. Next to "2-Step Verification," click Manage.
  6. Follow the on-screen prompts to disable 2-Step Verification.

When you get your Security Key back or get a new key, re-enable 2-Step Verification in your Account Security settings.

  Already using Account Key? - You'll need to disable Account Key to enable 2-Step Verification.