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Yahoo Messenger to shut down in July after 20 years

Yahoo Messenger to shut down in July after 20 years

Oath took this opportunity to remind everyone about Yahoo Squirrel, which is an invite-only group messaging app, now in beta.

Oath, the Verizon subsidiary that operates Yahoo, announced Friday that it will shut down Yahoo Messenger next month.

Yahoo Messenger isn't even among the top 50 most used social networking apps on either iOS or Android and the company has struggled in the past to try to make its messaging apps relevant.

Yahoo Messenger will shut down on July 17. Yahoo Messenger users will have six months to download their chat history. While users can download the data to your device, it appears that porting the history to another app won't be an option.

Those who are still clinging to the age-old messaging service will be redirected to a new group messaging app, Squirrel, The Next Web reported. Until then, you can continue to use the service normally, ' Yahoo said in a statement. Yahoo tried to revive its Messenger service by updating its Android and iOS apps, apart from its Web counterpart a year ago in December. Users can still access Yahoo Messenger until that date.

The Yahoo Messenger chat service was introduced in 1998, and was very popular among Indian users then.

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Head over to the downloader request site. The change will have no effect on your Yahoo ID for other Yahoo services, such as Yahoo Mail.

But some are still having a hard time letting go of Yahoo's OG chat app.

Sign in and select a verification method enter the Account Key sent to you.

Yahoo will email the file to users after a certain period of time.

After July 17, the Yahoo Messenger app will cease to function. As with numerous internet pioneer's products, Messenger was ahead of its time when the product launched, but eventually was eclipsed rivals.