Yahoo Messenger to shut down after 20 years

Yahoo Messenger is shutting down on July 17, redirects users to group messaging app Squirrel

Yahoo Messenger is shutting down on July 17, redirects users to group messaging app Squirrel

Currently, Yahoo has no replacement for Yahoo Messenger, but it said it is testing new chat apps, like its Yahoo Squirrel.

But the writing was on the wall after Oath shut down another of its old-school messaging services, AOL Instant Messenger, last fall. Yahoo Messenger's contemporary, AOL's AIM app, shut down in late 2017. From July 18, 2018 on users won't be able to access chats and other services related to Yahoo Messenger anymore.

Yahoo revealed that users of Messenger may request to download their chat history on the following site. Verizon is pointing users to its new group messenger, Yahoo Squirrel. Until then, you can continue to use the service normally. Yahoo recommends that users remove them from their devices as they can't be used anymore after the date. The change will have no effect on your Yahoo ID for other Yahoo services, such as Yahoo Mail. Yahoo Messenger, that made its debut in 1998 as Yahoo Pager, may have begun the era of instant messaging - beginning with the desktop and then transitioning on to mobile - but over the course of time a plethora of instant messaging services like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp have come up.

It'll have features like rooms for specific topics, the ability to "blast" important messages so everyone can see them and a feature that mutes notifications for specific rooms.

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One Twitter user said they even met their wife while using Yahoo Messenger. "You can request an invite at squirrel.yahoo.com". You need to provide an email address for the file and Yahoo will sent the history to that email address.

After July 17, the Yahoo Messenger app will cease to function.

It was reborn as an app in December 2015, but unsurprisingly, it didn't take off like other chat apps.

Yahoo Messenger's days are numbered.

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