How to Set Up Yahoo Messenger

By Jennifer Habersham

With Yahoo Messenger you can chat with your friends, participate in video calling and join in chat rooms whenever you like. Downloading Yahoo Messenger is quick and easy and available to use with any Web browser. You will not pay a fee to use Yahoo Messenger unless you are making computer to telephone calls. There are many components on Yahoo Messenger that you can customize and personalize to suit your needs.

Step 1

Download Yahoo Messenger from its website. To download, simply click on the "download now" button and follow the on-screen prompts.

Step 2

Accept the licensing agreement by clicking on the "Yes" button and then "Next." Make sure to read through the user agreement so that you know all the legalities of using Yahoo Messenger.

Step 3

Click on the "Install" button. Installation speed will vary by computer. Click on the "Finish" button to launch Yahoo Messenger.

Step 4

Sign in with your existing Yahoo account or create a new one. To create a new Yahoo account click on "Register" and follow all prompts.

Step 5

Import your contacts when prompted to do so. You will only be prompted when you first sign up with Yahoo Messenger. To import contacts, click on "Add friends" and follow all on-screen prompts. Otherwise you can add contacts by clicking on the "+" sign with the icon that looks like the outline of a person. Fill out all appropriate information (messenger ID, email address or cell phone number).

Step 6

Click on the "Messenger" tab at the top of the screen and scroll down. You have a variety of options that you can customize like whether you want to be seen as available or not, contact details and all preferences (appearance, sounds, people you want to ignore, etc.). Customizing individual items is as simple as pointing, clicking and scrolling.