Yahoo has announced that its old messenger app will no longer work after August 5th as the company is going to shut down this chat platform. All Yahoo users have been advised to switch to the new version that was introduced last year in December. It also has ‘Unsend’ text message feature.

This new feature allows the user to track their chat and undo sending text messages.


Introduced in 1998, Yahoo was one of the most widely used chat service and ruled for many years. Yahoo Messenger saw a rapid decline in the last few years when some new chat services like Google Talk, Facebook Messenger, and world fastest growing internet messaging app Whatsapp came into play.

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Therefore, company tried to revive its messenger service and updated its Android and iOS apps along with its web version. A brand new design and some new features including faster photo sharing were incorporated in the updated version.

Yahoo’s Chief Architect Amotz Maimon explained about this move:

“In December of 2015, we announced a brand new Yahoo Messenger for mobile, the Web and in Yahoo Mail on the desktop, built on a new modern platform. This complete revamp brings users an incredibly fast, beautiful and smart way to send – and unsend – messages, photos and animated GIFs in 1:1 and group conversations. While today we provide basic interoperation between the legacy product and the new Messenger, we encourage all of our users to complete their transition to the new Yahoo Messenger as we will no longer support the legacy platform as of August 5, 2016. We intend to continue our focused efforts on the new Messenger, with a goal of delivering the best experience to our users”.

The users for both the apps (Android and iOS) and those who are using Yahoo Messenger on web will not be able to access the older version after August 5th, hence a transition to the updated version is recommended.

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