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Outlook and Two-Step Verification for Yahoo! accounts

I’d like to improve my Yahoo Mail security by enabling Two-Step Verification.

Since doing so, Outlook is constantly prompting me for my password even though I’m 100% sure that I’m putting in the correct password.

How can I use Yahoo Mail with Outlook without disabling Two-Step Verification?

Yahoo! Mail Security buttonCurrently, Outlook doesn’t offer native Two-Step Verification support for Yahoo Mail.

To still be able to use Two-Step Verification for your Yahoo Mail account and use Outlook, you must generate a special App Password and use that instead of your regular password in Outlook.

Step 1: Enabling Two-Step Verification for your Yahoo Mail account

Enabling Two-Step Verification for your Yahoo account is really easy;

  1. Logon to Yahoo Mail.
  2. Click on your name in the top-right corner and choose: Account Info.
  3. In the section on the left, click on: Account security.
  4. At the bottom, click on the toggle button next to “Two-step verification” so that the “ball” is switched to the right.

    When the “ball” is on the left, Two-Step Verification is still disabled for your Yahoo account.
    When the “ball” is on the left, Two-Step Verification is still disabled.

  5. Provide your mobile number to receive an authentication SMS or call.

    Enter your mobile number - Enable two-step-verification for your Yahoo account.

  6. Enter the received code in the verification prompt and press; Verify.

    Enter the verification code - Enable two-step-verification for your Yahoo account.

  7. In the “Success” dialog, you can press the “Create app passwords” button and go to the next step.

    Success! - Enable two-step-verification for your Yahoo account.

Note: The change is affective immediately; If you have Outlook still running, you’ll now get password prompts. Just leave these prompts open for now.

Step 2: Get an App Password for Outlook

Now that you have Two-Step Verification enabled, you can generate an App Password to reconnect Outlook to your Yahoo mailbox.

  1. Go back to the Account security section.
  2. At the bottom, click on the Generate app password link.

    Generate an App Password for your Yahoo account.

  3. In the App password dialog that opens up, select: Outlook Desktop.

    Generate an App Password for Outlook Desktop to connect your Yahoo account.

    Note:
    Selecting “Outlook Desktop” isn’t needed to make the App Password work, but makes it easier for your reference.
    It’s actually currently bugged; Even when you select “Outlook Desktop”, the App Passwords dialog will generate it for “Outlook Android”. This doesn’t matter functionality wise though.

  4. Press Generate to get a dialog with your App Password.

    App Password for your Yahoo account in Outlook.

  5. Go to Outlook and paste or type the obtained app password (without any spaces) when being prompted for your password.
    You can also do it directly via your Account Settings.
    • Outlook 2003
      Tools-> E-mail Accounts…-> Next-> double click on your Gmail account
    • Outlook 2007
      Tools-> Account Settings…-> double click on your Gmail account
    • Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016
      File-> Account Settings-> Account Settings…-> double click on your Gmail account
  6. Once you’ve updated your password, Outlook will be able to connect to Yahoo again with Two-Step Verification enabled for your account.

When you still get prompted for your password, it is best to close and restart Outlook. If you still get prompted then, retype your App Password in the dialog box and make sure to select the option: Remember my password.


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