Yahoo Messenger to be Shut Down on July 17, 2018

Sheri Evans
June 10, 2018

Verizon Communications subsidiary Oath, which oversees the AOL and Yahoo brands as well as the company's other digital content interests, announced that it would shutter the Yahoo Messenger service in just over a month.

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 said the company will focus "on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs". Pager, the service was rebranded a year later to Yahoo! Yahoo Messenger is the second messenger app owned by Oath that is shutting down.

Oath didn't immediately respond to request for comment.

For those who wish to download their chat history, Yahoo has a page where you can download your data for the next 6 months. However, the expectation is that the full service will be open to all by the time Yahoo messenger is eased out.

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Since the 90s, Yahoo Messenger was one of the top messaging services online, but it will all come to an end after 20 years of service.

Today, it looks hopelessly outdated next to newer, more popular apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and others. Yahoo recommends that users remove them from their devices as they can't be used anymore after the date. That can be achieved through a specific downloader request site.

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

One Twitter user said they even met their wife while using Yahoo Messenger.

After July 17, users won't be able to log into the Yahoo Messenger app on either their phone or computer. In 2017, Verizon purchased Yahoo and set up Oath as the holding company. Yahoo Messenger is also one of the first apps to feature BUZZing and music-status.

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