Recover Deleted Contacts in Yahoo Messenger

In some cases, it may be possible to restore deleted contacts from your Yahoo Contacts.

Note: If contacts were deleted from the mobile version of Yahoo Contacts, you must access Yahoo Contacts using a desktop computer in order to begin the recovery process.

Restore deleted Messenger contacts with Yahoo Contacts

  1. Sign out of Yahoo Messenger.
  2. Sign in to Yahoo Contacts.
  3. Select the View All Contacts menu | select Deleted Contacts.
  4. Select the contact you want to restore to your Messenger List.
  5. Click the Restore button.

Once you've recovered your contacts, you can re-add them to your Yahoo Messenger list.

Re-add contacts to your Yahoo Messenger list

  1. Open the "Address Book" Group.
  2. Double-click on the name of the contact you wish to re-add.
    - A Conversation (or "IM") window opens for that contact.
  3. Click the + (plus) icon located on their Conversation window.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to add them.

Restore contacts that don't appear in your "Deleted Contacts" list

  • If contacts are missing because of a bug, or because your account was compromised, please go to the Yahoo Contacts Restore Form to request a Contacts restore, and we will do everything we can to restore your contacts. Before requesting our help, please note the following:
    • Recovery is not guaranteed. We will do our best effort to recover your contacts, but isn't always possible.
    • We can only recover contacts lost within the last 10 days. Because of this short timeline, please contact us immediately when you notice that contacts are missing.
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