How to Use Yahoo Messenger Without Downloading an App

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Navigate to Yahoo! Web Messenger and Sign in

Yahoo! Messenger can be used in your browser
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Did you know that you can use Yahoo! Messenger without downloading an app? You can do it right through your web browser.

Launch Yahoo Web Messenger

  1. Open Yahoo Messenger
  2. Choose the link on that page that says "Or start chatting on the web" 

    This is the screen that has you log in to your Yahoo! account. If you don't have an account, you can make a new one here, with the "Sign up" link.
  3. You'll be prompted to enter your email address. When you enter your email, you'll also be prompted for your password, which may be pre-filled if you've signed into Yahoo! from that computer before.

Once you're logged in, you'll see a list of contacts on the left of your screen. You can also search for specific contacts using the search bar on the top of the left side. 

Click on the pencil icon to start a conversation. It's easy to add fun GIFs, emoticons, or your own photos to the conversation using the options at the bottom of the screen.

Enjoy your chat!

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How to Sign in to Yahoo! Messenger Using Your Phone Number

Yahoo! Messenger web sign-in
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You can also sign in using the phone number associated with your account.

  1. Make sure you have the mobile app installed.

    Download it from Apple iTunes for your iPhone, or Google Play for your Android. 
  2. Ensure the "Account Key" feature is enabled within the app.


    To do so, tap on your profile photo on the top right of the screen when the app is open, and then tap on the option that says "Account Key." The text "Yahoo! Account Key is enabled" will be displayed if the feature is ready to use. If it's not, follow the prompts to activate it.
  3. Now that you've confirmed that you have the right settings, return to your web browser. You won't have to complete those steps again in the future.
  4. Enter your phone number into the login field.


    You'll get a text message notifying you of a login from a device other than your phone.
  5. Open Yahoo! Messenger on your mobile device and go to the Account Key by tapping on your profile photo on the upper right of the screen, and then tapping on Account Key.
  6. Tap on the link that says "Need a code to sign in?" to get a code.
  7. A code will then appear on your mobile device. Enter the code into the field provided for it on the web page.

The Account Key option is a great feature that results in a new password being used every time that you log in, keeping your account safe and secure.