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Yahoo provides a free email service as well as many other free features. If you want to delete your Yahoo account - well, that link is well hidden.
How to remove yahoo account?
Sometimes the questions really are that short.
Like many similar services, Yahoo has a vested interest in keeping you as a customer, even if its services are free. As a result, the approach to cancel a Yahoo email account or deleting your Yahoo account entirely is actually fairly well hidden.
It's not hard to find if you search, but for example I couldn't find the direct links to the process in the standard Yahoo interface once I logged in.
No matter. I'll give you the link and show you the process to cancel a Yahoo account.
Be absolutely sure that you want to do this.
Like many other similar services your Yahoo account is more than mail. That single account includes your Yahoo Groups subscriptions, your My Yahoo customizations, and much much more. Basically, anything on Yahoo that requires you to login with your Yahoo ID will be affected by this. (Given that your Yahoo login can also be used as an OpenID login, this may even impact other sites not related to Yahoo! where you use your Yahoo ID to gain access.)
And by "affected" I mean that your ability to access these features will be removed, as will all your data and customizations.
You will not be able to get them back if you later change your mind.
Before you even begin, make sure you know what you're throwing away, and realize that the process cannot be reversed.
To begin: visit this link.
You will be asked to confirm your password:
This is so that someone couldn't just walk up to your computer already logged into your account and delete it without your permission.
You'll then be presented with this page:
Read the message carefully. It provides more details about everything that you are losing access to by terminating your account.
Also pay attention to this quote:
Additionally, due to the limited number of names available, we may allow other users to sign up for and use your current Yahoo! ID and profile names after your account has been deleted.
What that means is that some time after you close your account and walk away from it, someone else could come along and create a new account that would have the same email address. Make sure that's okay before you delete. (If not, you need to keep the account open and somewhat active to retain that email address and prevent others from someday getting it.)
Once again confirm your password, fill in the CAPTCHA and click Yes to terminate your account.
Yahoo then displays:
Your account is now gone. Kind of.
If you try to login again you'll be presented with this:
For a limited time after you close your account you can apparently reactivate it.
Don't count on it.
Don't count on your information still being there if you do. Your data may have been irretrievably deleted anyway.
In short, before deleting your account simply pretend that this option doesn't exist. Consider account deletion permanent, final and not something you can come back from in any way.
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