How to Send Instant Messages with Yahoo! Mail

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Send Instant Messages from Yahoo! Mail

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It's easy to instant message your friends and family right from Yahoo! Mail. Yahoo!

Did you know you can now use Yahoo! Mail to send instant messages? With the click of a mouse, you can start sending messages right from your Yahoo! Mail inbox without opening your Yahoo! Messenger client.

To begin, you'll need to log in to Yahoo! Mail. Don't have a Yahoo! Mail account? Then start by signing up for a free account here.

Before you begin: You can only send instant messages from Yahoo! Mail using a computer, or by using Yahoo! Mail on your mobile browser. Instant messaging is not available within the Yahoo! Mail mobile app.

Next: How to send an instant message using Yahoo! Mail on your computer or mobile browser

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Here's How to Send Instant Messages Using Yahoo! Mail

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Yahoo! Messenger is available within Yahoo! Mail. Yahoo!

Check out the easy instructions below to send an instant message using Yahoo! Mail on your computer or mobile browser.

  • Log in to Yahoo! Mail.
  • Click or tap on the purple smiley face icon located on the top left side of the screen. That will result in a screen being displayed which shows your Yahoo! Messenger chat history.
  • If you want to continue a conversation that you had previously started using Yahoo! Messenger, simply click or tap on that message in your history list to reopen it. Type your message in the space provided, and click "send" to send it to your contact.
  • To initiate a new message, click on the purple smiley face at the top left side of the Yahoo! Mail screen.
  • In the box that appears, click or tap on the pencil icon at the top right. This will result in a list of your contacts being displayed. Scroll until you find the right contact, or use the search bar at the top to filter and search for a particular contact.
  • Once you locate the right contact, click on their name to initiate an instant messaging session. 
  • Type your message in the field provided. If desired, click or tap on the "photo" icon at the bottom left to add an image to your message.
  • Click or tap "Send" for your message to be delivered.

Next: Tips and tricks for using Yahoo! Messenger in Yahoo! Mail

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Tips and Tricks for Using Yahoo! Messenger in Yahoo! Mail

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Yahoo! Messenger provides fun ways to interact with friends and family!. Yahoo!

Yahoo! Messenger contains a wealth of great features that are accessible right from Yahoo! Mail. Here's a few tips and tricks to make your messaging fun and delightful!

  • Click or tap on the image icon at the bottom of messenger in order to add images to your message. Yahoo! Messenger contains special functionality which enables large numbers of images to be delivered instantaneously, so feel free to share lots of images with your friends and family without worrying about them taking forever to be delivered. 
  • Oops! Did you accidentally send a message by mistake? No worries! Yahoo! Messenger allows you to "unsend" a message. Simply locate the message that you'd like to unsend, and scroll over it. A garbage can icon will appear - click or tap it and you're message will be deleted forever.
  • Love a message that someone sent to you? It's easy to show them! Just locate the message you like, scroll over it, and tap or click the heart icon that appears.

Yahoo! Messenger provides a number of fun ways to interact with your friends and family. Have fun!

Updated by Christina Michelle Bailey, 8/22/16

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