Unsend a message, photo, video, or GIF in Yahoo Messenger

Send a message to the wrong person? Feeling self-conscious about something you shared? The unsend feature can help avoid an embarrassing moment by taking back what you sent.

 Think before you share - Messages are sent immediately. There's no guarantee the recipients won't see the message before you unsend it.

When you unsend a message, photo, video, or GIF, the content will be removed for everyone in the conversation in real time (however, we may retain copies and logs for audit and record purposes or as required by law).

There are some exceptions to this rule. For example:

  • Notifications of new messages aren't taken back. People who pay attention to their notifications will know you sent something and removed it from the conversation. Also, people may be able to read push notification snippets of unsent messages.
  • If your friend receives a message or photo from you and goes offline before you unsend it, they'll still be able to see the content until they go back online.
  • Unsend as soon as you can. Your friends could copy or save the content (including photos) before you unsend it by taking a screenshot or using some other image-capturing methods or technology.

To unsend something you shared, follow the steps below for the platform you're using.

Yahoo Messenger for iOS and Android

  1. Tap the message, picture, video, or GIF you want to unsend.
  2. Tap Unsend.
  3. Tap Unsend message to confirm.

Yahoo Messenger for Desktop

  1. Mouse over the message, picture, video, or GIF you want to unsend.
  2. Click the Unsend icon Image for the unsend icon..
  3. Click Unsend to confirm.

Yahoo Messenger for Web

  1. Mouse over the message, picture, video, or GIF you want to unsend.
  2. Click the Unsend icon Image for the unsend icon..
  3. Click Unsend to confirm.

Yahoo Messenger in Yahoo Mail

  1. Mouse over the message, picture, video, or GIF you want to unsend.
  2. Click the Unsend icon Image for the unsend icon..
  3. Click Remove to confirm.