Yahoo Messenger Will Be Discontinued on July 17, 2018 After 20 Years of Service

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Yahoo today announced that its Yahoo Messenger service will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018, encompassing the closure of apps for iOS and Android and any web browser clients (via TechCrunch). The service will function normally until then, and after that date users will no longer be able to access their chats and the Messenger service as a whole will be shut down.


    The company promised that the discontinuation of Yahoo Messenger will not impact a user's Yahoo ID, so it will continue to work for products like Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Fantasy. As for a reason, Yahoo said that it is focusing on "building and introducing new, exciting communications tools" that will be a "better fit" for its customers.
    "There currently isn't a replacement" for Yahoo Messenger, however, so the company pointed users toward the invite-only group messaging app Yahoo Squirrel. Squirrel is still in the testing phase and allows groups to organize private chats with friends and family members in a style similar to Slack and Discord.

    Yahoo originally debuted its Yahoo Messenger app on the iOS App Store [Direct Link] in April 2009, giving users the ability to instant message their contacts when away from their computer. In the years since, messaging apps like Apple's iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and others have surged in popularity and caused users to leave Yahoo's platform for ones more popular among their own friend groups. Today, Yahoo Messenger is #167 on the App Store's most-downloaded Social Networking app list.

    Prior to its appearance on the App Store, Yahoo Messenger originally debuted in 1998 (dubbed "Yahoo Pager") as an instant messaging client that users could download for free to chat with friends. In 2018, Yahoo said that users will be able to download their chat history to a computer or other device for the next six months, and more information can be found in the FAQ section of the announcement page.

    Yahoo Messenger's closure in 2018 follows the sunsetting of AOL Instant Messenger in December 2017, both of which are owned by parent company Oath and lasted for around 20 years online.

    Article Link: Yahoo Messenger Will Be Discontinued on July 17, 2018 After 20 Years of Service
  2. Jaekae macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2012
    Heh 20 years and i didnt even know they had a messenger service
  3. thenewyorkgod macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2011
    first AIM, and now this? How will I chat with my buddies and meet new people?
  4. Soba, Jun 8, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2018

    Soba macrumors regular


    May 28, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    And then there was one.

    ICQ is now the last man standing among the original “big four” of AIM, Yahoo, ICQ, and MSN.

    These days, I’m a Telegram user; it does a great job with a thoughtfully limited, very useful, platform-independent set of functionality instead of bombarding the user with advertising.
  5. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Kinda sad. One of the first messaging clients with webcam integration. A whole generation of kids saw their first set of live boobs thanks to Yahoo Messenger.
  6. slimtastic Suspended


    May 17, 2018
    Your Mother's Bedroom
    All 3 people will be disappointed in Yahoo! for this.
  7. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Basically. I have extremely vague memories of it in passing now that they brought it up—and I think that's mainly from news about it in the early days of the App Store when most new apps were still a big deal. It was all about MSN and AOL back in my day though. ICQ was kind of around in the background, but I never got into it because none of the girls at school wanted to use it. As a teenage boy I went where the girls were, lol. It wasn't very mainstream in my area.
  8. KGB7 Suspended


    Jun 15, 2017
    Rockville, MD
    Yahoo just needs to close shop. One of the most useless websites ever existed.
  9. OriginalMacRat macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    Yup. And that one has always been Google Talk. Dependable and reliable Jabber service.
  10. codewrangler macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2009
    Dallas, TX
  11. e-coli macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002
  12. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
  13. BigMcGuire, Jun 8, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2018

    BigMcGuire Contributor

    Jan 10, 2012
    Yahoo! Messenger. I spent many years on there. Though most of my friends in hs preferred AIM and MSN Messenger so I didn't get to use it much ... but Yahoo! was a powerhouse back then. Yahoo! Games were amazing - hearts, chess, and many others - all java based. Those chat rooms were horrific for a kid back in the day but nothing really compared. Yahoo! Search was amazing - same for Yahoo! Mail - I remember it was one of the few services that offered 5MB of storage. Yahoo! Briefcase was absolutely amazing and way ahead of its time. I remember the YaahhhOOOooooooo! commercials and seeing the billboards as a kid.

    Then Yahoo! just stagnated..... for years and years.... Hotmail passed it, Google came into being, gmail had no competition. Yahoo! mail started giving out errors, having problems, so I left it for gmail around 2007. Then Yahoo! had those security breaches it didn't tell anyone about... two of them...

    Having known someone who actually worked for Yahoo! as a developer - I got to know of its demise way before it actually happened (partly why I left Yahoo! mail in 2007). But it used to be great. Yahoo! Search was amazing.

    Sadly, it has been dying for a long time.
  14. luvbug macrumors regular


    Aug 11, 2017
    I don't know if you've traveled international much, but Yahoo! was actually huge in Asia, in it's day.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 8, 2018 ---
    Just curious, since I haven't used Telegram, but how is it better than Apple Messages?
  15. Robert.Walter macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    Verizon is the web hospice where terminal services go to die.
  16. elvisimprsntr macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2013
  17. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
  18. StellarVixen macrumors 68000


    Mar 1, 2018
    People who are prideful of their ignorance never cease to amaze me.
  19. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    No offense but I didn't know this existed. Sorry Yahoo....
  20. Gorms macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2012
    ICQ! That used to be my jam back in the day. Hadn't thought about or used that in a loooooooong time. Can't believe it's still going, but looking at it's competitors, I'm glad it's them.
  21. BigMcGuire Contributor

    Jan 10, 2012
    ICQ was so cool. The themes, the ability to see them type as they typed... It was great. I look back at my old ICQ chat logs and they were horribly formatted, but lol... good times.
  22. B4U macrumors 68020


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    Thought ICQ died years ago...?
  23. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    I used to use Adium to have all my messengers in one place. I miss those days. It was a great app.

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