Send text messages with Yahoo Messenger

You can send a text message to a mobile device it is simple. We'll walk you through the steps.


Setup your contact information

  1. Add your friend's mobile number to their contact card. Click on the image on a contact ID on your Messenger List.
    - For detailed directions on how to edit contact information, go to the help article, Editing contacts on Yahoo Messenger.
  2. Click on Contact Details.
  3. Include the country dialing code. For example, a phone number in the US would begin with +1 (example, +1-555-555-5555). For more information on this subject, go to the help article How do I make domestic calls in Yahoo Messenger.

You can send a SMS (Short Message Service) text message to your friend starting from the main Yahoo Messenger window, from a Conversation window, or from Contact Details.

Send a SMS from the main Yahoo Messenger window or a Conversation window

  1. Select Send an SMS Message from the Actions menu.
  2. Select the contact you want to send a message to.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Type your message and click Send.

From Contact Details

  1. Roll your mouse over a contact ID in your Yahoo Messenger List or Yahoo Contacts.
  2. Click the small SMS button.
  3. Type your message and click Send.

Things to remember

  • For your friend to successfully receive an SMS, your friend has to have a service provider supported by Yahoo. To see a list of service providers, go to the help article List of Supported Wireless Carriers and Countries for Text Messaging.
  • Your friends' wireless carriers might charge fees for both receiving and sending text messages on their mobile devices. The types and amounts of those fees are specific to their carrier and their phone plan. Your friends should contact their wireless carriers to find out what fees apply to them.
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