How to Chat With Somebody in Yahoo! Mail

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Yahoo! discontinued its Messenger service on July 17, 2018. Google Hangouts is a similar service that allows you to send and receive chats through your Google account, right from the Gmail interface.

You could send an email, wait for the reply, then confirm everything in yet another email. Or, if the contact is online, you can initiate a quick chat session in Yahoo! Mail. Naturally, you'll only do that if the matter is pressing, or if you have time to spare.

Fortunately, instant messaging is not much different from sending an email in Yahoo! Mail.

Chat With Somebody in Yahoo! Mail

To exchange instant messages with any Yahoo! Instant Messenger user in Yahoo! Mail:

  1. Make sure you are not using Yahoo! Mail Basic but the fully featured version.
  2. Sign in to Chat. If Offline appears next to Me under MESSENGER in your Yahoo! Mail's left sidebar, or if a bold icon appears next to MESSENGER:
      1. Click Offline or the bolt icon. If a grey bolt appears next to Online Contacts in your Yahoo! Mail's left navigation bar, click that bolt to make sure it turns yellow. Select Available, Busy, or Invisible from the list. You can also select Custom Status to sign in with your account set to a custom state.
  3. Press i (as in "instant message"). Alternatively, click Messenger in the top Yahoo! Mail navigation bar, then click the compose icon.
  4. Type the desired user's Yahoo! Messenger ID (or email address) under To.
  5. Hit Enter.
  6. Type away over Add a message.
  7. Select Enter to send the message.
    1. You can start a new line without sending by pressing Alt-Enter.

Enable Yahoo! Messenger in Yahoo! Mail

To make sure Yahoo! Messenger is enabled in Yahoo! Mail:

  1. Click the Messenger icon in the top Yahoo! Mail navigation bar.
  2. Make sure your first name is entered under First Name on the Your Messenger Profile screen.
  3. Make sure your surname is entered under Last Name.
  4. Click Next.