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To use your Yahoo account in MSN Messenger, you first need to make a .NET Passport using your Yahoo email address.

How can I get a Yahoo account in MSN messenger to work? I know is not science fiction or something because I have seen it work.

Using your Yahoo account - or any other account - in MSN Messenger isn't science fiction, but it's not really science fact either. It's a slight misunderstanding.

But using your Yahoo account to get at MSN Messenger is quite possible. It's just not quite what you think.

For all practical purposes, Yahoo and MSN don't talk to each other. So using your Yahoo account to log in to MSN Messenger doesn't work.

MSN Messenger uses the .NET Messaging Service, and along with it, the .NET Passport service for your account.

Passport takes an email address as your ID. While most are probably Hotmail addresses (since that's where passport originates), any email address will actually do.

Even your yahoo mail address.

So therein lies the key: simply create a .NET Passport account using your Yahoo email address. It'll kinda-sorta feel like you're using your Yahoo account, but you're not. You're logging in via Passport.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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John Smith
September 26, 2004 5:06 AM

May I download yahoo messenger?

September 27, 2004 6:04 PM

Yes, you may.

February 27, 2005 9:28 PM

Hey, Someone hack my nother yahoo e-mail account, If somebody have something for get back my acount then please tell me. I have some important documents in there account, so please do this for me......

February 27, 2005 9:50 PM

This article covers that:

March 31, 2005 6:59 AM

You can use any e-mail address on msn meenger. The steps are simple.

Step 1. Go to , click the "Sign In" button, and where it says e-mail and password, try to sign in with your yahoo account, and it's password. It will tell you that the name and or password was incorrect, with a message in red letters saying the following:

"Type your .NET Passport sign-in e-mail address and password correctly. Remember, passwords are case-sensitive."

After you see this, click the link underneath it that says "Register with .Net passport if you haven't already"

After clicking the link, it will bring you to a registration page. Just put your yahoo e-mail address where it says E-mail address, password where it says password, and so on. You will also put your yahoo email address as your electronic signature. After clicking I agree, then it will be registered with .Net

Step 2. Sign into MSN Messenger using your yahoo account, and your msn name will be your email address with (Email address Not Verified) next to it. THat's when you go to File, then click "Verify My E-Mail Address" After doing so, It will send the verification notice to the e-mail address you regitered with, which would be your yahoo account. Go to your Yahoo inbox and follow the instructions in the e-mail. After verificatiopn, you can sign onto MSN Messenger with your Yahoo account freely! Just like it was a hotmail passport.

Any question or problems, e-mail me at

April 4, 2005 6:57 PM

okay, i did that, but it never sent a vefification email to my yahoo account, and i can't change my msn title because of it. Is there a way to get to send a verification out to me?

Yasir Irfat
April 7, 2005 11:14 PM

Well, AS written by Munky, the tip worked very well till signing into MSN messneger with yahoo account but I have received the verification Email but there is nothing to do in it. i-e no steps what should i do.

May 6, 2005 6:07 AM

if i download internet explorer 6 to let me be able to put pictures on my msn space will it affect my wanadoo connection?

May 8, 2005 3:28 PM

It should not, you should be fine.

June 7, 2005 9:41 AM

the info was very useful

July 14, 2005 11:11 PM

thank you death! that info was very helpful

February 25, 2006 9:53 AM

hello, i read the article, but i cannot figure where exactly the answers are. my question is, if i have a yahoo email, can i still use it in MSn messenger?

February 25, 2006 4:09 PM

Yes. As the article says, you use it when you create a Passport account, which is what's used to login to messenger.

April 6, 2006 5:07 AM

Hi All,
i guess it might be good news... or u may find it bad... who cares... the people at yahoo messenger and msn messenger have geared up, and are working on a soutions already, so your your yahoo messenger can have msn buddies, and msn messenger can have yahoo contacts... cool? i think so, thay say should be launched mid of april, but my guess is... not before end of june - july. so soon, whether u have yahoo or msn won't matter, because u'd b able to communicate with either of them through one messenger!

September 27, 2006 3:34 PM

These questions are non-sensical.

I find I have problems when people add my address to their MSN. I don't think MSN Messenger knows if it is a .net MSN Messenger account or if it is a Yahoo Messenger account.

That's a little confusing, I've had trouble in the past getting people to add me. It's a big wack.

James B
October 19, 2006 9:29 PM

Yahoo! IM v8 now lets you add Windows Live (formerly Passport) accounts and send instant messages to those accounts ... if they are using Windows Live Messenger v8.

Same thing the other way around (Windows Live Messenger v8 lets you add Yahoo! accounts, but those will only be received if the user is using Yahoo! IM v8).

December 7, 2006 12:41 AM

I need to know how will I open my msn or yahoo messenger in one messenger?

January 4, 2007 10:23 AM

yea you really answer my question thanks

Glenn Smith
January 19, 2007 6:26 AM

Hi. Good articles. I can't find a link that allows me to create a .NET passport for non hotmail addresses - it seems that we're locked-in (which I find very disagreeable). Any ideas/suggestions? Thanks.

October 11, 2007 5:09 PM

I was wondering if I appear online to both my msn and yahoo buddies when I use MSN live?

Don Om
April 11, 2008 8:01 PM

Possibly a related question: I'm trying to send email from mail to someone who uses -- but my messages are NOT received.When I email same person using another email service, they get them with no problem.

May 25, 2008 5:00 PM

How do you create a net passport ?

August 6, 2008 1:22 PM

Will this work on a Cell Phone? ( mobile device ) because ive tried to. ive gotten a passport and ive been abled to use it on the computer. but not with my phone. and the choices that would actually work are Hotmail and MSN. for the email ex.( theres also a choice with different email. ive tried to with ( Name and chosed different email. didn't work. i tried then. ( ) different email i selected. but overall it still failed.

September 11, 2008 6:03 PM

"How to use any email add with msn messenger?"

October 27, 2008 1:34 AM

i wanna ask something....
how can i open my yahoo messenger?
evrytime i tried to open it.. it says something "your account has been locked"...

please give me some answer... thx

Erick Sergio Alpaca Julian
December 26, 2008 2:15 PM

New Question:
Can I use my MSN o Hotmail Account in Yahoo Messenger or have Yahoo a passport services, similar with msn microsoft?

March 4, 2009 11:05 PM

how can i open a new yahoo messenger account

January 16, 2010 11:28 AM

Hello, I was just wondering I have an msn account. and a friend of mine has a yahoo account. The thing is we used to be able to talk to each other when i was on msn and he was on yahoo. But now he can see me but i can not see his response at all. I was wondering how come? How come i used to be able to talk to him but not anymore. The funny thing is when he signs into msn even on his msn account i still can not see him.. but i can see everyone else response on msn. I just wish to talk to him again and i do not wish to get a yahoo account. Please help...

January 22, 2010 9:48 PM

Hi... is there any software is available, where i can use my msn id and i can talk and see my friends in webcam. I have MSN Messanger 9.0 but sometimes it shows problem and i am not able to use translation it this new one.

August 6, 2010 11:25 AM

I did all that, but it still says unverified on it. I signed out, signed back in etc etc and it says I am unverified even though it confirms that i am verified. What do i do now?

Abimbola olaide
October 21, 2011 1:59 AM

You can use your email to log in MSN messenger when you are currently in yahoo site.Just click on messenger

palain ahsong
November 18, 2011 12:27 AM

i already created an msn account and it doesn't work so what do i do now?

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