How to Get My Old Yahoo Messenger Back

By Shannon Cotton

Yahoo! Messenger has been around since 1998, and it has been through many changes since then. If you choose to download a new version of Yahoo! Messenger when it is released, you may decide you liked your old version better. Fortunately, websites like, and allow you to download previous versions of your favorite programs so you don’t have to be stuck with an update that you are unhappy with.

Step 1

Click “Start” and “Control Panel.”

Step 2

Select “Programs” and then “Programs and Features” if you are using Windows Vista or 7. In Windows XP, double-click “Add or Remove Programs.”

Step 3

Locate Yahoo! Messenger in the list of installed programs. Click “Uninstall” in Windows Vista or 7, or click “Remove” in Windows XP.

Step 4

Visit, or and click “Yahoo! Messenger.”

Step 5

Click the version you would like to download, and follow the instructions to install the old version of Yahoo! Messenger on your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to write down the Yahoo IDs of the friends on your contact list so you can add them again.
  • New versions of instant messengers sometimes offer added security features. Consider visiting to read about the new features your current version of Yahoo! Messenger offers before you choose to switch to an older version.