With the launch of our new website and the recent update to Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 Beta, we improved the import contacts feature. Now you can add friends to your Yahoo! Messenger contact list from address books you have on other online services like Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, Orkut…22 services in all. You can even import contacts from Outlook. Here’s how it works…
From Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 Beta, go to the Contacts menu and select “Import Contacts…”. A window will appear showing a list of available services from which you can import. Yahoo! Mail / Address Book will automatically be checked and will use your same Yahoo! ID that is signed into Messenger. Just uncheck it if you don’t want to import from your Yahoo! Address Book.
Scroll down in the list to choose one or more services. Click on the bar corresponding to the service and it will expand, giving you fields to fill in your username and password for the service. Repeat that for each service you want to get contacts from. Once you’re done choosing the service(s) and filling out your account info, click the Continue button.
In the next step, we’ll show you which of the friends in your address book(s) are using Yahoo! Messenger already. You can then quickly add them to your contact list and they will in turn receive a prompt from you to confirm the request and add you to their list. If they’re not online at the time, they’ll receive the request the next time they sign in. (Until they approve your request, they’ll remain in your list with an “Add request pending” note next to their name.)
In the final step of the import contacts feature, we’ll show you all the other friends from your address book(s) that are not yet using Yahoo! Messenger. For the friends that you select, we’ll send them an email on your behalf, inviting them to chat with you on Yahoo! Messenger. From the email they receive, they can easily add you to their Messenger contact list, or if they’re new to Messenger, download the program and get started.
The Import Contacts feature is also available on our website at http://messenger.yahoo.com/invite. We hope this helps you find a lot more friends to chat with, play games, share photos and files, watch videos and more.