How to Turn Off Yahoo! SMS Alerts


While you may have previously been receiving Yahoo SMS Alerts on your mobile device, Yahoo discontinued its SMS Alerts feature in April 2013. You can edit, delete or disable your email and messenger alerts using the Yahoo Alerts page. You can also disable sound alerts for text messages you receive in Yahoo Mail and Messenger. If you don't want your mobile number associated with your Yahoo account, you can update your contact information from the Account Info page.

Manage your Yahoo Alerts

  • Open Yahoo Alerts. If you aren't currently signed in, then click "Sign In" at the top and then sign in with your Yahoo account (link in Resources).

  • View your alerts. Click the "My Alerts" tab. Each of your Yahoo Alerts are listed. The current status of your alerts are listed by an "ON" or "OFF" button in the Status column.

  • Manage your alerts. To delete an alert, click the "Delete this Alert" button, which resembles an icon of a trash can, in the DEL column next to an alert. To turn an alert off, click the "ON" button in the Status column.

  • Edit an alert. Click the alert name, or the "Edit this Alert" button, which resembles an icon of a pencil, in the Edit column and then make changes to your alert. For example, uncheck the "Email" box under Deliver To if you no longer wish to receive email notifications, or change the delivery time listed in the "Deliver At" fields. Click "Save Alert."

Disable Text Message Sound Alerts

  • Open Yahoo Settings. Open the Yahoo Mail website and log in with your account, if necessary (link in Resources). Click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the page and then click "Settings." On this screen, you can manage your Yahoo settings, such as your connected accounts and security settings.

  • Manage your Messenger settings. Click "Messenger" from the left sidebar. These options help you manage your chat and text message settings.

  • Disable sound alerts. Uncheck the "Play a Sound When a New Chat or Text Message is Received" box. This disables the audio alert your computer plays when you receive a new text message or chat in Yahoo. Click the "Save" button.

Edit your Mobile Contact Number

  • Open Yahoo Account Info. For example, log in to the My Yahoo website, click the click the gear icon in the top-right and then select "Account Info" (link in Resources).

  • Update your contact information. Click the "Update your contact information" link under the Contact Information section. You can manage all of your contact information on this page.

  • Edit your mobile number. Your mobile number is listed in the field next to Mobile. Delete your phone number from the field if you want to remove it from Yahoo. Click "Add Phone" to add an additional mobile number. Click the "Save" button to finish.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use Yahoo's mobile apps to receive notifications on your mobile device, such as the Mail, Messenger and Finance apps (link in Resources).

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