Yahoo! Messenger

Yahoo! Messenger 2.0.4

Another messaging service? Yahoo?

Yahoo! Messenger is the mobile client for the popular search engine and email provider. It is a good, fully-featured little messaging app – but it feels deeply lacking in terms of users. At least within the people I know. View full description

PROS

  • Nice looking and easily navigated
  • Plenty of features
  • Yahoo! and MSN comunity memebers will find all they need
  • Geotagging yourself in a messenger app could have its uses

CONS

  • No one I know really uses Yahoo! or MSN
  • You have to explicit login to use

Good
-

Yahoo! Messenger is the mobile client for the popular search engine and email provider. It is a good, fully-featured little messaging app – but it feels deeply lacking in terms of users. At least within the people I know.

Brilliantly bygone

Starting up Yahoo! Messenger, and entering my old Yahoo! login credentials, I was told that my account had been locked. No doubt this is the result of five years inactivity, but still it demonstrated the issue that was to dog me throughout my time with the service – no one I know uses it. Despite the fact that you can now chat to either MSN or Yahoo! users with this messaging service, I know only a handful.

After reactivating my account I was greeted with some out of date spam, and… no one. Everyone was offline. A previously vibrant community was now just a collection of empty chat windows.

Usable but unusable

And, in truth, that is kind of a shame, because the Yahoo! Messenger app itself is pretty good. From within its easily navigated menus, you can access whatever contacts you have and filter them in a variety of useful ways. You can easily change your text’s font, style, and size, as well as add attachments – there is also the ability to take photos and video in-app.

Being an app version of the online chat client, you can also chat to friends from your browser. Like the rest of the service, this works well, with messages delivered quickly (providing you are logged in on your device) – a fact I know because the only way I could find to test the app was to create a second account to chat to myself with.

Only for the Yahoo! users

So, in truth everything is in place for people still ingrained in the MSN and Yahoo! communities to enjoy this – you can even prod your old contacts with SMS to get them to login. But, I am guessing, if you are in this environment you probably know all this already.

Unfortunately, for me it is an empty wasteland. A reminder of an old internet life that I don’t need to resurrect because I have now found my own alternatives.

Yahoo! Messenger

Download

Yahoo! Messenger 2.0.4

— User reviews — about Yahoo! Messenger

  • ericforster

    by ericforster

    "Not good at all"

    Compared to the iPad version it's terrible. I use YM a great deal and the Android version is the worst. I hate the setup... More.

    reviewed on June 17, 2016

  • rommelpacheco

    by rommelpacheco

    "yahoo is not doing good and a very disappointing sight "

    I lost my good one can't download it no more I'm a yahoo fans I ms d video chat and messaging the new one latest and mor... More.

    reviewed on January 10, 2016

  • Bhattinasir54

    by Bhattinasir54

    "i Like this app on my tablet ."

    I Like yahoo messenger app on my tablet ? Then I open & play games & video call . More.

    reviewed on February 22, 2015

  • Bhattinasir54

    by Bhattinasir54

    "yahoo messenger"

    I Like to start my yahoo messenger for play games & video call & chat . More.

    reviewed on February 22, 2015

  • chonamarie.nemiaga

    by chonamarie.nemiaga

    "not compatible with lenovo a369i"

    Why is it that yahoo messenger not compatible with lenovo a369i phone? so pissed off.. More.

    reviewed on December 17, 2013

  • geraldinemalsi

    by geraldinemalsi

    "pls. open yahoo messenger to chat everyone"

    Pls. Open yahoo messenger to chat everyone and to get easy communicate to everyone. More.

    reviewed on November 20, 2013