How to Find a Friend on Yahoo Messenger

By Ian Moore

Besides its email service and news headlines, Yahoo also offers an instant messaging service called Yahoo Messenger. Downloading Yahoo Messenger takes little time and is free to use. This is a useful tool to keep in contact with your friends and family on the Internet. Finding friends and importing contacts to your Yahoo Messenger buddy list is not difficult, either, and soon you will be able to make new friends from all over the web.

Things You'll Need

  • Yahoo Messenger

Step 1

Download and install Yahoo Messenger from the Yahoo website (See Resources.) Launch Yahoo Messenger and click the yellow button that says "Start Adding Friends" on the set-up wizard.

Step 2

Select which address books you would like to import your contacts from. These include Yahoo Mail, Microsoft Outlook, AOL and much more. Enter your log-in information after you have selected an email service, then click "Continue." This menu can also be accessed by clicking on the "Contacts" tab on Yahoo Messenger and selecting "Import Contacts."

Step 3

Choose the contacts you want to invite to chat with on Yahoo Messenger. Enter what you would like the invitation message to say and click "Continue." Click "Import More Contacts" if you would like to go back to the contact menu, or click "Close" to exit.

Step 4

Sign in to Yahoo Messenger and click the "Messenger" option on the top toolbar. Select "Yahoo! Chat" and click "Join a Room."Besides importing contacts, it is also possible to find and make numerous friends in the Yahoo chat rooms.

Step 5

Choose a category and room, then click "Join Room." On the right side of the chat window will be a list of all the members who are in the chat room. Right click on a contact and select "Add to Messenger List." Enter how you want their name to appear on your contact list and what category they will be listed under.

Tips & Warnings

  • Friends must have a registered Yahoo account to be able to use and be found on Yahoo Messenger.
  • Never give out or send personal information in chat rooms or through instant messenger.