Integrating Yahoo Accounts

This topic explains how to allow your users to sign up for and log in to your mobile app with their Yahoo account. Just add a few parameters in the developer portal and a few lines of code in your mobile app and you will be social-ready!

Configuring Yahoo integration

Creating a Yahoo application

To get started, you first need to create a Yahoo application and get your Yahoo consumer key and consumer secret. For the detailed instructions, see the Yahoo official documentation.

You will need to fill in the following information. In the "Callback Domain", please specify the value that corresponds to the server location you've selected (please put your AppID in ${your-app-id}).

  • Application Name
  • Application Type (Please specify "Web-based" here)
  • Description
  • Home Page URL
  • Access Scopes (Please specify "This app requires access to private user data" here)
  • Callback Domain

    • United States: https://${your-app-id}
    • Japan: https://${your-app-id}
    • China: https://${your-app-id}
    • Singapore: https://${your-app-id}
    • Europe: https://${your-app-id}
  • Select APIs for private user data access (Please specify "Contacts" here)

When your Yahoo application is created, you will get a Yahoo consumer key and consumer secret.

Configuring a Kii application

Take the following steps in the developer portal to configure your application by setting your Yahoo consumer key and consumer secret.

  1. Click on the "Edit" button in your application console in the developer portal.


  3. Click "Yahoo" to open the configuration screen for Yahoo.

  4. Set your Yahoo consumer key and consumer secret.

Then, add the following tag under the application tag in your AndroidManifest.xml so as to enable the Activity that the SDK uses for Yahoo authentication.

    android:label="@string/app_name" />

Logging in with a Yahoo account

Here is the sample code for letting a new user log in with their Yahoo account:

Activity activity = this.getActivity();
KiiSocialConnect connect = Kii.socialConnect(SocialNetwork.SOCIALNETWORK_CONNECTOR);

Bundle options = new Bundle();
options.putParcelable(KiiSocialNetworkConnector.PROVIDER, KiiSocialNetworkConnector.Provider.YAHOO);

// Login.
connect.logIn(activity, options, new KiiSocialCallBack() {
  public void onLoginCompleted(SocialNetwork network, KiiUser user, Exception exception) {
    if (exception != null) {
      // Handle the error.

The basic steps are as follows.

  1. Create an Activity for handling logging in with a Yahoo account.
  2. Create a social network connector instance with the socialConnect() method. Here, we are specifying SocialNetwork.SOCIALNETWORK_CONNECTOR.
  3. Create a bundle and specify the target social network service. In this case, we are specifying Provider.YAHOO.
  4. Authenticate the user with the logIn() method. If the specified Yahoo account is new to Kii Cloud, the user is registered before the login. The logIn() method is non-blocking and receives the processing result with the callback method.

Note: You also need to add a method to the onActivityResult() method to finish the Yahoo authentication.

protected void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
  if (requestCode == KiiSocialNetworkConnector.REQUEST_CODE) {

If the login successful, the user is cached inside the SDK as the current user and you can get the user information with the getCurrentUser() method. You can also retrieve the access token and related parameters with the getAccessTokenBundle() method as follows:

KiiSocialConnect connect = Kii.socialConnect(SocialNetwork.SOCIALNETWORK_CONNECTOR);
Bundle b = connect.getAccessTokenBundle();

// The access token.
String accessToken = b.getString("oauth_token");

// The access token secret.
String accessTokenSecret = b.getString("oauth_token_secret");

// User id provided by the social network provider.
String providerUserId = b.getString("provider_user_id");

// If a new Kii user is created with the logIn method.
boolean kiiNewUser = b.getBoolean("kii_new_user");