Yahoo7 Messenger for PC

Versions of Yahoo Messenger released prior to 3 December 2015 are no longer supported. Please upgrade to the new Yahoo Messenger. If you are using a version of Yahoo Messenger released prior to 3 December 2015, the privacy module below is applicable.

If you are using a version of Yahoo Messenger released on or after 3 December 2015, click here to view the applicable privacy module.

Yahoo7 Messenger allows you to exchange instant messages and PC-to-PC voice calls with your online friends.

You must be a registered Yahoo7 user in order to use Yahoo7 Messenger. Yahoo7 Messenger establishes a connection to the Internet when it is active—much like a browser does—in order for communications to be received and transmitted.

Information Collection and Use Practices

  • Yahoo7 Messenger automatically checks for updates to Yahoo7 software.
  • Yahoo7 Messenger’s auto-update feature offers the ability to download the next available version in the background.
    • When the file is ready for installation, you’ll be given the choice to install immediately or wait until another time.
    • Yahoo7 Messenger offers the auto update feature by default. You have the option to be notified prior to auto-update as well.
      • In versions 8.1 or greater, you can change your auto-update options by going to the Messenger menu, choosing "Preferences", then "Alerts and Sounds".
      • Prior to upgrading to version 8.1 or greater, you will have the opportunity to select this option one time when notice is provided of the new feature. The option can be changed after that point by upgrading to version 8.1 or greater (and selecting the menu option mentioned above) or by selecting the check-box enabling the background download when an auto-alert is presented to you.
  • You can establish a messenger list within Messenger and be added as a friend to other users’ messenger lists.
  • By default, your online status, display image and nickname will be visible to other Messenger users who you instant message with or who have you on their messenger list.
    • You can choose to appear offline by signing in as “invisible.”
    • You can selectively appear online or offline to specific friends or groups of friends on Messenger using the Stealth Settings option
    • You can choose to appear offline and block a user from sending you messages using the “ignore” option
  • Yahoo7 allows users to save messages so that they may retain records of their instant messaging communications.
    • By default, Yahoo7 Messenger will archive your message history for the current session, until you sign out. When that that session ends, the message archive will be deleted.
    • To change your archiving preferences in Messenger, choose Messenger > Preferences > Archive
    • Please be aware that even if you choose not to save your message history, members you correspond with may opt to use the functionality available in their version of Messenger to save the communications. Also note that some versions of Yahoo7 Messenger allow other users to save their conversations with you to their account on Yahoo7 servers, just like email. Click here to learn more about Message History.
    • You can delete your archived messages by selecting the message, and clicking on the “Delete” button. However, this does not delete any of your conversations saved by other users.
  • Messenger automatically identifies phone numbers and email addresses included in messages so you can quickly save them to your Yahoo7 Address Book or take other actions, such as sending an email. This is a function carried out by the Messenger client on your computer and is not done by Yahoo7 servers.
  • The text tagging by the automatic highlighting option in LiveWords takes place entirely on your own computer. Yahoo7 does not read the text of your messages in order to make LiveWords suggestions. A list of possible suggestions is routinely downloaded to your machine based on the categories and interest levels you have specified. During your IM conversations, the Yahoo7 Messenger application on your machine compares the text of messages you send and receive against the list of possible suggestions.
  • Messenger gives you the opportunity to report instant messages you receive as spam. If you choose to report spam, Yahoo7 will be sent information about the conversation including the Yahoo7 ID of the member being reported, text of the conversation, and your Yahoo7 ID.
  • When you invite someone to use Messenger using our form (as opposed to add someone as a friend to your friend list), you will need to provide that person's email address. Information collected on that form will only be used to send an email on your behalf and will not be used for any marketing purposes.
  • Voice
    • By default any other member using Messenger may send you PC-to-PC calls. You can change your preferences so that you only receive calls from members on your friends list.
    • Yahoo7 does not save PC-to-PC calls and other voice communications that go through our servers. However, the voice mails you record for other members are stored on Yahoo7 servers. Yahoo7's practice is to not use the content of those voice mail messages.
    • If you choose to use the feature Open Talk, people in your friends list will be able to establish a PC-to-PC call with you, without you needing to accept the call.
    • The Contact Search bar feature stores your recent communication history for any communication initiated through the Contact Search Bar where there were no direct matches with your Address Book contacts.
    • Messenger stores a call history on your computer, which you can view in Messenger by choosing Contacts > Voice Messages and Call History

Information Sharing and Disclosure Practices

  • By using Messenger, you may choose to make some of your personal information public or you may choose to share some of your personal information with others.
  • If you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
  • Messenger sometimes uses a peer-to-peer connection during its operation, including times when you may be using it for instant messaging (text conversations), file sharing, PC-to-PC calling and webcam streaming. Peer-to-peer means that your computer connects directly to the other user's computer in the conversation without needing to go through Yahoo7 servers. As such, your IP address is available to users you share a peer-to-peer connection with.

Practices Regarding Your Ability to Update or Delete Information

  • You can edit your Messenger settings and preferences through the Messenger menu.
  • Voice
    • Messenger automatically stores a record of calls made and received in the Call Center.
      • To review and delete your call history or voice messages in Messenger choose Contacts > Voice Messages and Call History.


This page describes current Yahoo7 practices with respect to this particular service. This information may change as Yahoo7 revises this service by adding or removing features or using different service providers. To find out how Yahoo7 treats your personal information, please visit our Privacy Policy.



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