Yahoo Messenger is closing up shop on July 17th… time to jump ship

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Yahoo is providing a way to download your chat history if that’s something you think you need to do.

I think most of us have either used or remember Yahoo Messenger. It’s been a long bumpy road for the messaging service and that road is coming to an end. Yahoo has announced that Yahoo Messenger is being discontinued and will no longer be supported. Users of the service will have just over a month to find a new service or be left in the desolate messaging wasteland.

Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018. Until then, you can continue to use the service normally. After July 17, you’ll no longer be able to access your chats and the service will no longer work. Read our FAQs below for more info on what this means for you.

We know we have many loyal fans who have used Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind. As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.

After July 17, 2018, you won’t be able to access or sign in to Messenger. We recommend that you delete the app after you’ve downloaded your chat history and anything else you’d like to save.

Yahoo is providing a way to download your chat history if that’s something you think you need to do. But be aware, you will only be able to download that history for the next 6-months. After that everything will be deleted. Messenger being discontinued will not affect your Yahoo ID, all other Yahoo products will continue to work.

Steps to download your chat history:

  • Go to the downloader request site.
  • Sign in.
  • Select a verification method, then enter the Account Key sent to you.
  • Click Download.
  • Enter the email where you want the file sent and click OK.
  • Watch your email for the file.

Yahoo does give you a suggestion for an alternative messaging service called Yahoo Squirrel. This is a beta service so you’ll have to request an invite to give it a go.

What do you think of Yahoo Messenger being discontinued? What messaging service do you think you’ll be moving on to? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Yahoo
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