Verizon Announces Shutting Down Yahoo Messenger – Here’s How to Save Those Embarrassing Chats


It appears the end of life is here for Yahoo Messenger. Verizon owned Oath has announced shutting down the era-defining instant messaging service. The company has started redirecting those who are still using it to its new messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel.

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

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The company said that Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17. Since then you can use it as usual, however, after that users won't be able to access the chats or use the service. The company said that users can download their chat history to their devices; this option will be available for the next 6 months.

How to download your Yahoo Messenger chat history

  1. Head over to the downloader request site.
  2. Sign in and select a verification method > enter the Account Key sent to you.
  3. Click on Download > enter your email.
  4. You will receive the chat history on your entered email ID.

Oath said that those loyal fans (are there any left?) who are looking for an alternative can choose to use the invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel, which is currently in beta. You can get the invite from

Oath hasn't shared why exactly it's shutting down Yahoo Messenger, but in the presence of Signals, WhatsApps and WeChats, the decision won't surprise anyone. Verizon also announced today that its CEO, Lowell McAdam, is stepping down. McAdam is being replaced by Hans Vestberg, who was the company's CTO and ex-CEO of Ericsson.