Oath Announces It’s Shuttering Yahoo Messenger come July 17th, Tells Users to Migrate to Squirrel

Yahoo Messenger shutting down? Yep, and it’s coming in just over a month, Oath, the app’s owner announced as it redirects users to Squirrel…

For those who aren’t part of this niche community, this news won’t mean much. But, for those still with the service, Yahoo Messenger will sunset effective July 17th. After this date, the chat app won’t function. However, users do have a full six months to download their conversation histories.

Yahoo Messenger Shutting Down July 17th

Yahoo Messenger does not have a direct replacement. Instead, Yahoo Squirrel must suffice. It’s currently in beta and people must request an invitation. It’s a group messaging app, similar to Facebook Messenger.

This move didn’t come with a big announcement. But, Yahoo does explain why it’s ending the service on its FAQ page. “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. As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.”

Users can download their chat histories by doing the following:

  1. Navigate to the download request page and sign-in.
  2. Choose a verification method. 
  3. Enter the sent Account Key and click “Download.”
  4. Enter the reception email and wait for the file to arrive.

For those interested in signing up for Yahoo Squirrel, go here.

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