How to Sign Up for Instant Messaging on Yahoo

By Techwalla Contributor

Signing up for instant messaging on yahoo allows you to connect with others who have yahoo accounts in real time, conversing with them through text (and video, if you have it).Instructions for doing so are easy. I'll show you how.

Step 1

To sign up for yahoo instant messaging, you must first have a yahoo ID. If you do not already have one, follow the link mentioned in the Additional Resources section of this article. Create an ID, enter in the rest of the information requested, and sign up.

Step 2

Once you have a yahoo ID, it's time to download the Yahoo Instant Messaging software, Yahoo Messenger, to your computer. Go to the Yahoo Messenger homepage (link below), just click on "Download Now", and follow their easy instructions for installation.

Step 3

Once you have Yahoo Messenger installed, open the program up. You will be required to enter your username and password. Sign in.

Step 4

You're now in chat! To start a conversation with someone, just go to the File menu option at the top of the screen. Scroll down to New Conversation and put in the username of the person you want to chat with. A window will pop up, and you can enter the text you wish to send them. Now have fun chatting!

Step 5

If you don't want to install a program, or aren't able to on the computer you are using, you can also just chat through your browser! Just sign in here: