New Yahoo Messenger desktop app hands-on: Unsend button, animated GIFs, more

Yahoo Messenger

Yahoo has decided to terminate its two-decade old Messenger desktop software from August 5. This means that if you are using the legacy Yahoo Messenger, it will not work from August 5.

To continue to work Yahoo Messenger from August 5, you should download the upgraded messenger app for Windows and Mac. Yahoo has been testing the new version since December 2015 and has been getting a positive response from users worldwide. Moreover, the company also released Android and iOS apps in a bid to compete with Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.


The new Yahoo Messenger app enables you to communicate with your friends easily by sending not only messages but also images, videos, and animated GIFs. You will be able to share multiple images at the same time by drag and drop feature. If you like any message or image, you can immediately like them and share with your friends.

Desktop Notifications

With the help of Messenger’s desktop notifications, you will be able to easily multitask easily. You will continue to receive updates and notifications even if you are working with other programs. The Messenger will run silently in the background.

Unsend button in Yahoo Messenger

With the upgraded Messenger, Yahoo has integrated the unsend button, which enables you to withdraw a message, image or GIF. You can take part even if you have pressed send button.

Improved photo sharing

It is now possible to share several high-resolution images in one go and view them in a photo carousel

Animated GIFs

You can express yourself with animated GIFs from Tumblr. However, this feature is available only on Android, iOS, and the Web.

Offline and low connectivity mode

If you friends share any message or image when you are offline, you will be able to view them when you are online.


The latest release of is Yahoo Messenger is portable. This means you need not have to run any installation. You just need to download the Messenger and double click it. Initially, the messenger will prompt you to provide yahoo email id and password. Sometimes, you will be prompted to recreate the password for security purposes.


Once you complete the initial setup process, Yahoo Messenger will continue to run in the background. You can open it from the taskbar. The refreshed version doesn’t consume heavy resources and the possibility of hanging is very less.

The new Yahoo Messenger is divided into two sections. The left side displays the list of contacts. You can also invite a contact to the messenger. The right side displays the details of the conversation with your contacts.

In addition to content, you can insert pictures and a wide range of emoji and GIF. You can select them from the bottom of the right panel. The first option enables you to add images from your system. With the help of the second option, you can insert emojis. The new release has thousands of emojis. ”

The third option helps you to insert animated GIFs. If you select the option, the messenger populates the GIF from the web. We found slight delay in the loading of GIFs. We also noticed that a copyright statement will appear below each GIFs.

Animated GIFs

If you insert a GIF, it will appear in a large size on the conversation window. You can live the image by placing your cursor over the image. You can also unsend the image by selecting the Unsend option (will appear as delete button)

unsend buton

If you select Unsend option, you will view a dialog box as shown below. You can either retain it or delete from the conversation window.


You can also enable/disable notifications from the Preferences options located inside File menu.



The refreshed Yahoo Messenger is easy to use and light weight. We had issues with the usage in Windows 7 64-bit but worked perfectly in Windows 10. If you are still using the previous version of the messenger, you should migrate to new version. Otherwise, you will not be able to work after August 5. Unlike the previous version, there is no option to add contacts. However, you can make use of the invite system to add contacts. We expect Yahoo to tweak the Messenger based on user feedback.


  1. sadly the new yahoo messenger is a massive step backwards… no web cam no audio… no presence settings… no ability to see who is online (every contact is always on????) no file transfer … no way to manage /delete contacts… sorry but yahoo messenger is just like a SMS app not a chat program.

    and judging by Yaoo’s onw feedback forum massively unpopular with current users.

  2. I downloaded the new version of Yahoo Messenger and I could send and receive messages from some contacts at first but now all I can do is receive messages from some contacts. I cannot send messages to any of my contacts now. I wish Yahoo had made sure the system was running smoothly before they made us give up the older version. Is there any way this can be fixed?

    • Hi,

      The current yahoo messenger is not perfect. I still prefer the previous version since it was very easy to use. We will forward your query to Yahoo.


  4. TERRIBLE EVOLUTION (If I may say so). As someone mentioned earlier, it is going back a leap in time!!! Yahoo needs to either correct this malady or allow/help users to use the old version!!!!!

  5. Thanks Yahoo for giving us the messenger service for all these years.

    Unfortunately there is nothing new in this new version. The Old Versions of the Mobile & Desktop versions were great. But for the Unsend feature, I wonder if there is anything new. Yahoo Messenger was an experience and the best no other chat forum had provided, including the Chat Rooms. Till date I don’t think there was anything near or comparable to the Yahoo Chat Rooms & Yahoo Messenger.

    OMG you took of all the wonderful experience of sharing, chatting, viewing contacts online and buzzing them.

    Please Yahoo give us back the wonderful experience of the past. This is something all yahoo messenger users would agree.


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