Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Yahoo! Messenger will shut down in July, after a two decade run

Yahoo! Messenger will shut down in July, after a two decade run

Squirrel is now invite-only, but hopefully the app will be open to the public by the time Yahoo Messenger gets shuttered.

Yahoo revealed today that it will no longer support Yahoo Messenger, the company's instant messaging program, after July 17, 2018. The change will have no effect on your Yahoo ID for other Yahoo services, such as Yahoo Mail. "We're constantly experimenting with new services and apps, one of which is an invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel (currently in beta)".

Oath didn't immediately respond to request for comment. "After July 17, you'll no longer be able to access your chats and the service will no longer work", Yahoo said in a statement on Friday. They are now directing users towards their Squirrel chat app that is currently in beta.

Since Yahoo Messenger's heyday, it has fallen into obscurity, largely at the hands of apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Snapchat.

First launched in 1998 as Yahoo! Yahoo Messenger, on the other hand, failed to evolve as quickly.

For now, Yahoo isn't offering a replacement for Messenger, which attracted millions of users over the past two decades.


People who want an archive of their Yahoo Messaging texts can visit a special website where they can download a history of their messages, but they only have six months to do so. This gave users the ability to use the service while on mobile devices.

After July 17, users won't be able to log into the Yahoo Messenger app on either their phone or computer.

The decision to shut down Messenger should hardly come as a surprise.

Yahoo Messenger isn't even among the top 50 most used social networking apps on either iOS or Android and the company has struggled in the past to try to make its messaging apps relevant.

Users need to sign in on the site and type the Account Key that is sent to them by Yahoo.

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