Oath is killing off Yahoo Messenger on July 17

Yolanda Curtis
June 10, 2018

One of them is Yahoo Squirrel, an invite-only group messaging app that's now in Beta.

Yahoo said Friday that it would pull the plug on the 20-year-old messaging service on July 17.

"We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind", the company said.


Yahoo Messenger is shutting down. From July 18, 2018 on users won't be able to access chats and other services related to Yahoo Messenger anymore. While users can download the data to your device, it appears that porting the history to another app won't be an option. But over the years new chatting services like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp eclipsed Yahoo Messenger in popularity. Until then, you can continue to use the service normally.

Although there isn't an immediate replacement for Yahoo Messenger, the company suggests Yahoo Squirrel - an invite-only group messaging app now in beta - as an alternative.

Yahoo introduced the Messenger app in 1998, one year after AOL launched its AIM messenger service. The change will have no effect on your Yahoo ID for other Yahoo services, such as Yahoo Mail. Yahoo Messenger, on the other hand, failed to evolve as quickly.


But some are still having a hard time letting go of Yahoo's OG chat app.

The decision to shut down Messenger should hardly come as a surprise. You'll need to sign in to Yahoo's downloader request site, verify your identity, and then give an email address for where you want the chat log sent to.

Yahoo will email the file to users after a certain period of time.


While there is no official replacement for Messenger being announced, Yahoo! did say it is working on a beta chat product called Squirrel that is now running as an invite-only trial. Yahoo Messenger is also one of the first apps to feature BUZZing and music-status.

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