How to Use the Yahoo Messenger Web Client

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Navigate to the Yahoo Messenger Web Site

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

Are you ready to login to Yahoo Messenger for the web? Here's how to use the web client to start chatting with friends quickly!

Before getting started, you'll want to make sure that you are using the latest version of either Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. These are the browsers that are supported by Yahoo!, and you'll need to have the latest version to ensure that you're able to use all of the cool features in Yahoo! Messenger.

Launch Yahoo Web Messenger

  • Point your web browser to the Yahoo Messenger website
  • Locate, and click on, the link at the bottom right that says "Use Messenger on Web"

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Enter Your ID into Yahoo Messenger Web Login

Yahoo! Messenger
You can sign into Yahoo! web messenger with your Yahoo! username and password, or create a new account. Yahoo!

On the next screen, you'll be prompted to login to your Yahoo! account. Enter your Yahoo ID and password into the Yahoo Messenger for the web login window, as it appears above. Use the fields provided to input your account information, and click "Next" to continue.

As an alternate option, you can also sign into Yahoo! Messenger with your phone number using the "Account Key" feature. This feature allows you to sign in by using your phone number and a unique password which is provided by Yahoo! every time you login. Using the Account Key feature is a great way to easily login to your account without having to remember your password, and helps to keep your account secure as well.

Sign In to Yahoo! Messenger with Your Phone Number

  • In order to use this feature, you'll also have to have the mobile app installed. Download it from the Apple app store for your iPhone, or the Google Play store for your Android. 
  • Make sure that the "Account Key" feature is enabled within the app. To check that it is, 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 sentence "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.
  • Now that you've confirmed that you have the settings set up correctly, return to your web browser. You won't have to complete those steps again in the future.
  • Enter your phone number into the login field of the page on your browser.

  • You will receive a text message notifying you of a login from a device other than your phone.
  • 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.
  • Tap on the link that says "Need a code to sign in?" Get a code.
  • A code will then appear on your mobile device. Enter the code into the field provided for it on the web page.
  • Don't Have a Yahoo ID? From the Yahoo Messenger web login window, users can sign up for their own Yahoo ID by pressing the "Don't Have an Account? Sign up" link, located at the bottom of the login box.
  • Having Issues with Login? If you cannot login to Yahoo Messenger for the web, use the link titled "Need help?" for assistance troubleshooting your login.
  • Very Important Reminder! If you are using a public computer, whether at work, school or the public library, do not check the "Stay signed in" option unless you are certain you will be the only one accessing that computer. Checking this option will enable anybody using that computer to gain access to your account, including your email correspondence and contacts. 

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Your Login to Yahoo Messenger Web is Complete

Yahoo Messenger Web Login
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If you entered your Yahoo ID and password correctly (or used the Account Key feature to login with your phone number as described above, you will be logged in to the Yahoo Messenger web client. You can now begin using all the exciting features and functions included with this online version of Messenger.

Updated by Christina Michelle Bailey, 7/26/16