How to uninstall Yahoo! messenger on Mac

Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
February 1, 2024
7 minutes to read

Yahoo! Messenger was a popular instant messaging service. However, later, Yahoo shut down the service and deleted all the user data. If you still have Yahoo Messenger installed on your Mac, you may want to uninstall it to free up some space and avoid security risks. In this article, we will show you how to uninstall Yahoo! on Mac in a few simple steps. Uninstalling Yahoo


  1. What is Yahoo messenger, and why delete it?
  2. Remove the messenger manually.
  3. Remove the messenger with App Cleaner & Uninstaller.

What is Yahoo messenger, and why delete it?

Yahoo! Messenger was a popular instant messaging service that allowed users to chat, send files, and make voice and video calls. It was launched in 1998 and discontinued in 2018, after losing its market share to other platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Skype. The Messenger users can no longer access their chat history or contacts, and the service is no longer supported by Yahoo.

If you still have Yahoo Messenger installed on your device, you should delete it as soon as possible. Keeping an outdated and unsupported app on your device can pose security risks, as it may contain vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit. Moreover, deleting the app can free up some storage space and improve your computer performance.

How to remove Yahoo! messenger on Mac manually

If you want to uninstall Yahoo! Messenger, you need to delete not only the application itself, but also its associated files and folders. Here are the steps to do it manually:

  1. Close Yahoo! Messenger. You can do it from the Dock menu.
  2. Open the Activity Monitor (find in Launchpad – it is a standard Apple utility).
  3. Find the Yahoo! Messenger process and click the “X” icon to quit all app-related processes that may work in the background.
  4. Confirmation window to quit Yahoo process shown in Activity Monitor

  5. Then go to the Applications folder and remove Yahoo! Messenger into the Trash. Moving Yahoo Messenger icon into the Trash
  6. No you have to clear Yahoo’s service files that still remain on your disk. They are located in the Library folder. To find them, in Finder, press Cmd+Shift+G and navigate ~/Library. Also, you can use the free app Funter to show the hidden Library folder or any other hidden files and folders on your disk.
  7. Go to Library

  8. Check the folders below to find caches, preferences and logs and remove them.
  9. Yahoo support files

    Finder window showing Yahoo Caches folders

Uninstall Yahoo! messenger on Mac with App Cleaner & Uninstaller

Uninstalling Yahoo! Messenger is much easier and faster with a special uninstaller called App Cleaner. All you need to do is launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller, and then select Yahoo! Messenger from the scanned apps list, and then click the “Remove” button. Watch the video to see how it is easy.

Steps to remove Yahoo! with App Cleaner & Uninstaller:

  1. Run App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. Find and select Yahoo Messenger in the left section.
  3. Click to remove it.
  4. Confirm uninstalling.

Yahoo Messenger selected for removal in App Cleaner & Uninstaller

App Cleaner & Uninstaller helps to uninstall an app completely and correctly. It removes the app and all its service files at once, with just one click. If you have removed Yahoo! Messenger before in a regular way, then you can find and remove its remains (the app’s leftovers) with App Cleaner as well.

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