Your Guide to Yahoo Messenger

Send Hundreds of Photos and Unsend Messages

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The Yahoo!' messaging app has some really cool and unique features. It was relaunched as a new product in December 2015, designed to make group chatting easier and include support for better photo sharing and the ability to send/delete messages.

Once you log in to your Yahoo! account, you’ll be able to invite friends, create groups, draft messages, "like" messages and send your own photos (even hundreds at a time) and GIFs.

One neat thing to consider is that that since Yahoo Messenger first launched in 1998, it's one of the oldest products on the market, so your friends might already have accounts (they may have just forgotten their password). This can't be said for newer platforms like Snapchat and Facebook Messenger.

Note: You must create a Yahoo! account if you haven't already. If you have and have used Yahoo Messenger before, you just need to enter your username when asked.

How to Get Started With Yahoo Messenger

The new Yahoo! Messenger is available for iOS devices 8.0+, Google Android devices 4.1+ and through a computer.

From a Computer

  1. If you're interested in using the web version, visit messenger.yahoo.com. You can also download a Windows version of the program so you can use it like any other software application you have running on your PC.
  2. Choose a name that people can recognize you by, and press Continue.
  1. That's it! Use the Compose New Message button (the one that looks like a pencil) to start chatting with your Yahoo! contacts.

You can also get to the web version of Yahoo Messenger through Yahoo! Mail. From the top left menu, choose the smiley face icon to open a mini version of Messenger. It supports all the same functions as the regular version.

Through the Mobile App

  1. Download the Yahoo Messenger app on a mobile device. Use the App Store one if you're on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or the Google Play link for Androids.
  2. Log in with your Yahoo! account.

How to Add Contacts and Create Groups

You can't send texts through Yahoo Messenger unless you've got some Yahoo! contacts. Here's how to do it!

From the Web App

  • To add new contacts, access Yahoo! Mail and use the Contacts button at the top left to find your address book. Click New Contact and enter the details of the Yahoo! the account you want to add to your list of people to message.
  • Making a group message in Yahoo Messenger is done when you start a new message. Click the Compose New Message pencil icon and then choose Create Group below the text area. Click to make a new name for the group and add an optional photo. Enter contacts into the text area and message them to create the group.

From the Mobile App

  • From the main screen, tap Invite friends. Tap any contact from your phone to invite them to Yahoo Messenger. If your address book has a few different methods of contact (e.g. email and text), you can use the menu next to the contact to reach them in those ways.
  • You can build a group message from the mobile app in the exact same way it works through the web app (see above).

    How to Unsend Yahoo! Messages

    Yahoo Messenger lets you delete, or send a message so that it will be removed from the conversation for anyone else who's a part of it. This happens nearly instantaneously.

    For instance, if you sent the message "Bye" but later changed your mind and want it deleted, you can send it even if the other person has read it already.

    Unsend From a Computer

    1. Hover your mouse over the message you want to retract.
    2. Click the Unsend trash can icon.
    3. Confirm by clicking the Unsend button.

    Unsend From the Mobile App

    1. Tap the message that should be deleted.
    2. Tap Unsend.
    3. Tap Unsent Message to confirm it.

      Note: The web and mobile version of Yahoo Messenger let you clear the conversation to remove the history from the message. You can do this from the small (i) button at the top right of the message.

      However, this doesn't actually retract the messages from the conversation; clearing the conversation just clears the history so that you can't go looking through the texts. To actually retract the message for good requires that you use the Unsend button.

      How to Send Images Through Yahoo Messenger

      Both the web app and mobile app let you send multiple pictures at once:

      Send Photos From the Web App

      1. Next, to the message text box, click the picture icon.
      2. Choose one or more photos from the box that lets you browse your computer for images. You can select multiples with either the Ctrl or the Shift key.
      3. Optionally add some text to the message before sending it.
      4. Click Send.

      Send Photos From the Mobile App

      1. Right below the text box, tap the picture icon that looks like a mountain.
      2. Tap the photos you want to send, and each of them will have a checkmark to indicate that they've been selected but not yet sent.
        Note: If you haven't already, you might be asked to give the app permission to access your photos. This is normal and is required in order for Yahoo Messenger to send photos on your behalf.
      3. Tap Done load the images into the message.
      4. You can use this time to add a text message to go along with the pictures, but you don't have to.
        If you want to add or remove pictures before sending them, tap the plus icon to the left of the images, or the exit button to remove them. Note that you can add duplicate images this way if you for some reason want to send multiple copies of the same photo.
      1. Tap Send.
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