How to delete your Yahoo! data and shut down your account
How do I delete my Yahoo! account and data? Your journey begins on Yahoo!’s Terminating Your Yahoo! Account page.
Yahoo!’s been in the news as of late for some not-so-great revelations:
- The account information (including names, email addresses, hashed passwords, more) of more than 500 million users was stolen from Yahoo!’s network in 2014.
- Yahoo! reportedly built a tool to search its customers’ emails, per the request of U.S. intelligence agencies.
In light of these revelations — alleged or otherwise — you might be interested in closing down your Yahoo! account and scrubbing clean your data. I was pleased to discover Yahoo! makes the process quite simple.
Delete your (Yahoo!) account
- Visit Yahoo!’s Terminating your Yahoo! Account page.
- Log in with your Yahoo! account.
- Type in your password to confirm your identity.
- Type in the CAPTCHA code to confirm your humanity.
- Click YES to delete your Yahoo! account. You’ll see a confirmation page if you successfully deleted your account.
What you need to know about Yahoo! account termination
When you go through the aforementioned process to delete your Yahoo! account, you are terminating the following:
- Yahoo! ID (which could, in the future, be claimed by someone else)
- Yahoo! Mail data
- Yahoo! Address Book data
- Yahoo! Small Business data
- Yahoo! GeoCities data
- Yahoo! Briefcase data
- My Yahoo! data
- HotJobs data
- Flickr account (including photo library, stats, and metadata)
Note: Yahoo! says the deletion process takes about 90 days to complete. If you want your data scrubbed from Yahoo’s servers sooner than that, you’ll want to go through and delete your Yahoo! emails, Flickr photos, Yahoo! contacts, and more before completing the account termination process.
Yahoo! also warns some of your information “might possibly remain” in its records even after you’ve deleted your account. To learn more about what data could be left behind, visit Yahoo!’s Data Storage and Anonymization support page.