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Where can I search for someone`s Yahoo Instant Messenger username?

Where can I search for someone`s Yahoo Instant Messenger username?


In Yahoo Instant Messenger: Tools -> Manage Friends List -> Search for Friend.

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25 comments on “Where can I search for someone`s Yahoo Instant Messenger username?”

  1. Actually, the solution provided above is now outdated, if you update your Yahoo Messenger software regularly. As of version 6.0, Yahoo changed the menu structure DRASTICALLY, renaming or moving some menu items, and even renaming one or two menus themselves. To search from within the Yahoo messenger client program in the current version, you actually go to Contacts -> Search Yahoo! Member Directory .
    My own experience with this method has been inconsistent at best, oftentimes seeing the program state a different number of total results, just from one page’s worth of results to the next…that is, the initial response will say “Showing 1-20 of 153 entries…” only to click “Next 20>>” and see “Showing 21-40 of 47 entries…”

    Instead, the solution I use is a bit more (in internet terms) antiquated…the web! You can access the same user database at . Or, if you prefer, you can click on “Advanced Search” which takes you to , to get even more specific than the search within messenger itself.
    Unfortunately, even there the results are still less than perfect, however the web-based search suffers from the mentioned ‘anomalies’ much less frequently than the search that I believe has been provided in their own client since as early as (maybe) version 4.5!

    Well, as anyone familiar with almost ANY part of Yahoo knows…nobody’s perfect!

  2. Is it possible to find in which room a user is logged into? i am using yahoo messenger.
    note : ( i just want to find out in which room my buddy is currently in)

  3. It depends on the service … sometimes they have facilities to look up information, but it will only show as much information as that use wants to make public. In general it’s pretty useless, and there’s nothing else.

  4. Leo,
    Hi, Do you have a data base of all your answers to peoples post’s that you have replied to? where can i find it?

    I cannot preview my post because it says my javascript is turned off, how do i turn it on?, i have firefox.


  5. your information is outdated. when I go to search for anyone, I can find no advanced search anymore. All i can do is put in a first name and all it brings up is first names….. NOTHING More… I hate the new profile and yahoo member directory, why dont they leave things alone?

  6. This person is trying 2 scam me and she claims 2 be from akure ondo nigeria want 2 know who it is so they can be reported

  7. Hi Leo,

    I have a email address of a friend but it seems to be incorrect. How do I search for similar addresses that are a close match to my friend’s and may be the one I’m looking for?

    Thanks for your time and help.



  8. how can i found the user name of my friend in yahoo messenger because my account was hacked and i created new but i don’t memorize his yahoo id, i just remember the username name baby opl when i already add him on my list..please help me

  9. hi i live in iran and i whant to find a girl of my famile in finland ,i dont know her yahoo id ,can you helpe me?

    Nope. That’s not something I can help with.

  10. Good day Sir,
    I lost contact with a friend way back in 2008.
    We chatted mostly on yahoo messenger and occassionally on phone.
    Different continents.
    After i got admission that year, we reduced our daily chats, but suddenly the person wasn’t coming online and the number doesn’t connect any longer.
    Since 2010 till date, i have jumped from one site to another asking for possible ways to locate the person, all end up giving me unworkable suggestions.
    I have the YM id but that doesn’t seem to be the email id.
    I can’t spell the surname correctly so doing a search on FB is out of the equation with over 800 million possibilities.
    Please is there a workable suggestion?
    I don’t even mind writting to yahoo for help (if at all they will care).
    Am earnestly waiting.

  11. I’ve had luck finding other Yahoo usernames on Was able to search their name and find their new username.


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