Managing Your Yahoo Messenger Contacts

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Chatting with Your Contacts Using Yahoo! Messenger

Yahoo! Messenger
You can use Yahoo! Messenger on your mobile device or on a computer by using the web version. Yahoo!

Yahoo!'s latest messenger provides a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. The messenger is available as a mobile app — but its also available as a desktop client, web client, and can even be used in Yahoo! Mail! With so many options, as well as cool features such as the ability to instantly share hundreds of photos, or even to "unsend" a message, the latest Yahoo! Messenger may soon become your "go-to" app for keeping in touch with friend and family.

But how do you find friends and family within Yahoo! Messenger to chat with? Take a look at this easy guide to find out!

Before you begin: You can only use Yahoo! Messenger to chat with people who have Yahoo! accounts, so make sure the contact that you want to chat with has a Yahoo! username and password. If he or she does not have one, you can send them this link to sign up for a new one: https://login.yahoo.com/account/create?specId=yidReg&altreg=0

Next: How to find your contacts on Yahoo! Messenger email, web and desktop clients

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Finding Your Contacts in Yahoo! Messenger on a Computer

Yahoo! Messenger can be used in your browser
Chat using Yahoo! Messenger right in your web browser!. Yahoo!

Yahoo! Messenger is available for use as a desktop, web, or email client. Select your option to get started in finding your friends and family using Yahoo! Messenger on a computer:

If you've logged in to the Yahoo! Messenger desktop application or web client, you won't currently have an option to browse through your list of contacts. Instead, just click the "Compose" icon, and begin typing a name or email address. If your contact is in your Yahoo! contacts, his or her name or email address will appear when you start typing it. 

If you've logged in to Yahoo! Mail, click on the "Compose" icon. From there you will have access to a list of your contacts to choose from, and you can also search and filter by typing your contact's name or email address into the search bar at the top of the contact list.

Next: Access your contacts using Yahoo! Messenger on a mobile device

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Finding Your Contacts in Yahoo! Messenger on a Mobile Device

Yahoo! Messenger
Download and open the Yahoo! Messenger app from the Apple App Store. Yahoo!

Yahoo! Messenger is also available as a mobile application. Since Yahoo! provides so many ways to access Messenger, it's a handy app to have on hand. As an added bonus, conversations that you have on the mobile version of Messenger are automatically synched to the desktop, email and web clients, so you always have access to your chat history regardless of what version of Yahoo! Messenger you're using.

Here's how to access your contacts using Yahoo! Messenger on a mobile device:

  • If you don't yet have the Yahoo! Messenger app, download it. It's a good idea to download the latest version if you do already have the app, in order to make sure that you have access to the latest and greatest features. You can download the app for your iPhone here, or for your Android here
  • Open the application 
  • Tap the "Compose" icon, which looks like a pencil in a circle, at the lower right of the screen.
  • A list of your contacts will appear. You can type your contact's name or email address into the search bar at the top to filter and search.
  • If you need further help with your contacts in Yahoo! Messenger, check out this link for additional help.

You're all set to chat with your contacts on Yahoo! Messenger! For more information on how to use the rich set of features within Yahoo! Messenger, check out Your Guide to Yahoo's Latest Messenger right here on About.com!

Updated by Christina Michelle Bailey, 8/22/16