I'd like to create a Yahoo! account. The signup page won't let me proceed without entering a cell phone number, and it won't recognize my Google Voice number as a valid cell phone number. Is there a workaround to be able to create a Yahoo! account without having a cell phone that can receive SMS messages?
So it turns out that the answer was right under my nose and does not involve any deceit or hacking. Yahoo! provides an option for creating an account without a cellphone, but it isn't via the "Create Account" button.
On the sign-in page, there are a few options:
If you click the "Facebook" or "Google" button, you can sign in to Yahoo! using a Facebook or Google account. Once you sign in that way, Yahoo! creates a Yahoo! account linked to your other account, and you do not need to enter a cell phone number to create a Yahoo! account this way.
So for someone who wants to create a Yahoo! account without a cell phone, the steps are
Create a Google or Facebook account.
Sign into Yahoo! using the Google or Facebook account.
Use that sign-in to create the Yahoo! account you want.
To use this method, however, you give Yahoo the right to capture any & all information that is on your Facebook page. Be aware of this before making the connection to Facebook!
You can create (or, more specifically, I was just able to create) a Yahoo account without a mobile number by signing up with an existing email address. On the sign up page, click on "I'd rather use my own email address."
Now, of course, you need another email address that itself doesnt require a mobile number. There aren't many. On 7/29/2016 I created one successfully with gmx.com which does not require a mobile number.
(I suppose if you just want some email address, not specifically Yahoo, you could just create a gmx.com (or other) account and stop there.)
The from address from this Yahoo account created this way looks like this:
You can "neaten" up this address by creating an "extra address" : https://help.yahoo.com/kb/account/create-extra-email-address-sln3290.html
Briefly the steps are: Gear -> Settings -> Accounts -> click your account name -> Extra email address...Create address
None of these steps currently required me to provide a mobile number. However I suspect they're always trying to close such loopholes. This experience is from July 2016.
Note that the mobile number is an effective password recovery mechanism should you forget your password, or if it's hacked, and you don't have one using this method. However, your gmx.com email will serve for that purpose here too. You may need to log into your gmx.com account every few months to make sure it doesnt get deleted for inactivity.
It's not possible to create a new Yahoo account without listing a cell phone number. You could make up a cell phone number but when you enter the number Yahoo is going to send a text message to that number so that you can verify that the number actually belongs to you. If you can't verify the number you can't activate the account. Other options would be asking a friend if you can use their cell phone number or buying a cheap prepaid cell phone. Remember if you use your friends number you still have to verify the cell number is correct and if you have an security issues like suspicious activity or forgetting your password Yahoo will send alerts to their cell phone.
Try using this free web service, Pinger Textfree Web. Among other things, this website
- Lets you get a phone number for free
- Anybody else can send text messages to this number that you can check from the web
- Lets you send a text message from this web interface to other phones.
I have not checked if Yahoo can send text messages here, but I have tried with some real phones and they all succeeded.