How to View Yahoo Messenger History

By Dan Ketchum

Yahoo Messenger for Windows, Mac, iOS and Web platforms comes with a lengthy feature list, encompassing everything from photo sharing to call forwarding to customized user avatars. As its name implies, the meat of this long-running program lies in its instant messaging features; as an IM app, Messenger has the basics covered, including the ability to access a conversation history log.

Step 1

Access “Contacts” from Yahoo Messenger's menu, then select “Conversation History.” This provides a list of conversations you've had, displayed in chronological order.

Step 2

Choose “Participant” if you'd rather arrange the conversations alphabetically by the name of the Yahoo user with whom you conversed.

Step 3

Select the conversation of your choice -- indicated by the username of the person with whom you chatted and the first line of the conversation -- to view a transcript of the exchange.

Tips & Warnings

  • To enable the conversation archive, you must check the box next to the option “Keep a history of my conversations” under Messenger's “Conversation History” tab in the Preferences menu.
  • Contact Yahoo Customer Care if you are unable to access the archived log of a specific conversation. Although the company makes no guarantees, Yahoo may be able to recover some parts of the conversation.
  • If you have a Yahoo account and use Yahoo Search with your desktop browser or mobile device, you can also access your Yahoo Search history. To do so, sign in to your Yahoo Account, visit Yahoo Search and hover over the gear-shaped Settings icon, then select “Search History” from the drop-down menu that appears. From a mobile device, visit Yahoo Search, tap “Settings” at the bottom of the page and then select “Search History.”
  • Although Yahoo Messenger allows you to message users on mobile devices or those using other instant messaging applications, it does not archive conversations that come from a mobile device or from non-Messenger apps.