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Messenger (by ashterisk) – for windows phone 7

Now with Push Notifications (using PC companion app) –
Messenger (by ashterisk) is a client for yahoo messenger service. With Messenger (by ashterisk), you can now communicate with your friends and family in real time with nice SMS style conversation view. Messenger (by ashterisk) will alert you on new messages as well and notify you of new emails.
Features –
• View contacts by groups
• View online only contacts
• SMS style conversation view
• Conversation and history view
• add/delete contact
• accept buddy request
• Notifications when messenger is not running.

New in v2.0 –
1. Support for push notification (require PC companion app to be installed)
2. Better authentication support and support for CAPTCHA verification.
3. Bug fixes for lost messages.
4. Contact names display.
5. Better UX and layout. (New toast notification style while in app).
6. Support for vibrate on new messages.
7. Bug fix –declining friend request used to fail.
8. And more other small changes.

Note – Messenger (by ashterisk) is not affiliated by Yahoo and requires an account which can be created @

Trial mode supports IM functionality with ads. Push notifications are only supported in paid version.

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118 responses

  1. jimmy

    on the paid version is there a way to change the message notification sound?

    February 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    • No, as of now, there is no way to change the notification sound.

      February 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      • Tofell

        Please let me know if in the very near future an update will be available that aloows for switching of the notifications sounds. If not, I will have to resort to another YM app, because the constant sounds drive me crazy!

        September 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      • You can turn it off from settings

        September 7, 2011 at 11:40 am

      • Amylbrown315

        What’s up?

        September 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

  2. Trial User

    I see messenger supports the “run under lock” feature. Does it support multitasking? In other words, can I be in messenger, take a call, or work on an Office document while messenger is still logged in and running?

    February 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    • No, Windows phone 7 doesn’t support multi-tasking thus there is no way a 3rd party application can support this.

      February 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm

  3. sd

    I can’t add a contact, and I keep getting kicked off and back to my app list. I just bought the latest version 3.1? from Zune. Any help would be appreciated.

    February 12, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    • I am not able to reproduce this error but will be releasing an update which most likely will fix this issue. Thanks for reporting.

      February 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm

  4. Jeannie

    I bought a new phone LG Quantum and it has Window 7 on it. The clerk at ATT downloaded the instant messager for me, now my question is that when I had my old phone I would get a notification when someone im me. On this phone I get no notification at all. My other phone would chime and put that I had one new message. How can I get notification. Thank you Jeannie

    May 15, 2011 at 8:39 am

  5. cezar

    I am trying to pair the phone with the computer for toast notifications. On the computer end, I am logged, and everything seems fine. On the cell end, though, I press “start pairing” and nothing happens (all the info, like IP, port, is entered correctly, and I use the paid version). On the computer there is nothing under status, and the message above status is “Logged in successfully, waiting for phone pairing connection @ port 8888”.

    Can you help?

    June 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    • You need to make sure that your phone can reach computer. Do you have any firewall on the computer may be blocking the port for incoming request? If the phone can reach the computer, the status should changed to “pairing successful”.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    • Please make sure when you are doing this pairing, you are using wifi and not GSM as when connected thru GSM, the phone will not find the PC inside your Home LAN.

      June 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm

  6. deck

    Why the pairing is needed? I am in an entreprise (restrictive) environment.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    • This pairing is currently required as windows phone currently doesn’t allow app to be running in the background. The PC companion app is the one which send the notification to phone when a new message arrives.
      You can run the companion app on any computer connected to internet (for ex, home) and you are not require to open any port etc (so this should work even in enterprise setup).

      This is currenlty the limitation and only way to get push notifications. But I hope its a simple setup which users can perform and get notifications which is critical for any IM app.

      Please let me know your feedback,

      June 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm

  7. Paul R

    Same problem as Cezar above, so how do I make sure the phone can reach the computer? I am stuck with no status and nothing happens when I hit Start Pairing?

    June 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    • Please make sure firewall is either disabled or have option to open ports for the PC companion app. Make sure you are entering the IP address and if that doesn’t work, you can also try enter PC name. Those are the only 2 things.

      June 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm

  8. steve

    How can i send sms messages like in yahoo messenger? I can’t seem to load my contact’s telephone numbers or send instant messages to none yahoo folks like the real version. if this is not possible now it would be great if it could be put in a new version

    June 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm

  9. Jeane

    I’ve type my ip address, but when i click ‘start pairing’, its not responding 😦 Do I also need to put my port??

    June 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    • You need to specify both ipadress and port and make sure phone can reach PC. Your phone should be connected to WiFi in order to reach PC.

      June 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm

  10. Bryan

    Does the push only work if you are connected to the same network as the PC you are paired to?

    June 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    • No, Push should work even when your phone is in a different network as long as it has data or wifi. Pairing is only required to have the push notification url shared by phone with PC companion.
      But please note, if you login at other mesenger client, you will be required to re-pair.

      June 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      • Bryan

        Fantastic, thanks!

        June 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm

  11. Hi, i have paired my phone with my pc for messenger, does the pc need to stay on all the time? The pc restarted after an update and i had to re-pair the phone so does this happen every time i turn the pc off?

    June 30, 2011 at 12:07 am

    • Yes, that’s the current limitation.

      June 30, 2011 at 7:51 am

  12. i still get no push notifcation when i recieve new im unless iam on the im once i leave the app i dont get notification unless i go back to it why yes im paired with my pc just did latest update yesterday 7-12-11 and i have paid version this relly sucks dude yahoo was free on my other phone great notifcation and all i cant believe i paid for this crap then downloaded more crap on my pc and it still dont work you should make sure what your selling or getting contracts for works before you start ripping off people very dissapointed.

    July 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    • sorry to hear. you should be getting notifications as long as you haven’t signed into other messenger client (or even as it logs you out from messenger). I will make it better in the future.
      Please provide me more information and I will try to help you troubleshoot.

      July 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm

  13. Bryan

    Is there any way to change the my status with the purchased version?

    August 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm

  14. joseph

    I am running the paid version of message on a windows7 LG quantum.. I sign into messenger and can’t return to the main screen on my phone without being booted off the messenger system, not being able to receive messages until I return to the app and re-log in.. Is this a limitation to messenger and my phone or am I doing something wrong? I tried the pairing thing, which I have no real clue to what that even does or the toasting things.. I want to remain logged into messenger and to be able to do just about anything else but shut the phone off completely.. And if this is a limitation to the phone, is there a fix for this problem foreseeable anytime in the future?

    August 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    • This is a limitation of phone an app get killed when switch out of it. The way to support the scenario is by having direct support from yahoo for this or for me to run a server which keeps pooling with yahoo. The second one is not scalable.

      The pairing is to work around the limitation where you can run the companion app in your home PC and pair your phone with it. With that the app can notification when new message is received with needing to have the app running.

      August 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

  15. Barbara

    Messenger hasn’t worked all day for me. Every time I try to log in it says unauthorized session try again. And my user name and password are right. Its not saying that its saying unauthorized session. I can’t get on and I’m with my friends.. So what good is it?

    September 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    • Shannon

      That’s were I am at but it does it everyday. Very frustrating!

      February 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm

  16. George Hazlewood

    How do I get an update to my messanger I am running version2.3. and am using the paid version. thanking you

    September 19, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    • V2.3 is the latest. What are you expecting to update?

      September 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm

  17. Bryan

    What are your plans for compiling to 7.5?

    September 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm

  18. Michelle

    I recently purchased the Yahoo messenger upgrade to my Windows 7 phone and never received the upgrade.

    January 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm

  19. atif khan

    There is no voice chat on yahoo I want voice chat with my friend for little fun so plz update it with voice chat on it

    January 25, 2012 at 11:54 pm

  20. Hi…

    February 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm

  21. jack

    I have your yahoo messenenger app on my HTC radar phone, it glitches so bad in the following ways: my phones speakers crackle every minute or so even when im not using the app and the phone is on standby. Also the keyboard on my screen dissapears while im typing mid sentence. seriously sounds like ur app is shorting out my phone and I don’t think it could b good for my phone. Also the app stays open even when I log off and shut it down. Why so many annoying issues?

    February 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    • the app has background agent which uses the media pipeline. I have not heard this issue before but you can try disabling background agent from settings. See if that helps.

      February 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    • amber crandall

      I have the same phone, exact same issues!! How did u fix this? And I cant find any way to uninstall.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

  22. mara

    In my lock wallpaper I have the number of notifications. How can I delete them?

    March 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

    • Those must be sms notification. You can check them from messaging app. Nothing to do with messenger app.

      March 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      • mara

        When Backgroud agent is enabled I get notifications. The number of notifications apear on my lock wallpaper. I dont know how to see my notifications and I can not delete them. I have Nokia Lumia 800, and the free version of messenger.

        March 16, 2012 at 3:34 am

      • mara

        I find from where was the notifications on my wallpaper.You are right, is not from messenger. Sorry… and ty

        March 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

  23. ruby

    I have a question: I downloaded yahoo ashterisk a few days ago but I couldn’t find the support programming for voice chat or call through the yahoo.i would like to ask is there other way to get yahoo messenger voice call and chat like other app of Samsung galaxy 2 S.

    March 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    • messenger on windows phone doesn’t support voice chat yet.

      March 23, 2012 at 10:47 pm

  24. trisha benoit

    I forgot my log in name and password

    May 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm

  25. alex


    May 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

  26. Debbie

    Hi, I had accidentally delete some of my friends and was wondering how do I get them back??

    May 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm

  27. mike

    keyboard keeps locking up

    May 22, 2012 at 7:39 pm

  28. mike

    the keyboard keeps locking up, an goes down an i cant finsh typing, just stops , on my nolkia 900
    i bought the paid version

    May 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

  29. amber crandall

    Ever since I installed this app anytime im typing my keyboard will disappear and won’t some back unless I tap off the text box then click back on. This has happened 7 times since I began to leave this comment. Its never happened until installing this app. Its extremely annoying. It happens while texting, emailing, ECT. How do I get it to stop and how do I uninstall the app. This is the only thing I have installed in 3 weeks and lve never had any issues on this 4 month old HTC radar.

    June 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    • This was a bug in windows phone that whenever a background agent is launched, it used to dismiss the sip. Its suppose to be fixed in new updates. Is your phone software upto date. You can always uninstall the application but tap holding in application list.

      June 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

  30. Sherry

    I hope you are affiliated with the Pandora radio app. I downloaded it but can’t use it because it asks me for my email and password which has never been set up and it’s the opening screen or I can’t get past it to set it up. Can you help me?

    June 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

  31. dom


    June 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm

  32. Bryan Ashley

    Need to be able to copy text from chat boxes.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

  33. sans

    July 17, 2012 at 4:29 am

  34. Chao cac ban

    July 29, 2012 at 1:47 am

  35. Gerald D.

    It would be Really Helpful to have a Section for Saved Contacts, so we wouldn’t have to scroll through a whole big list of people that we don’t know just so we can get to the people that we do know and have as our Contacts.

    July 29, 2012 at 4:02 am

  36. hoang


    August 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

  37. teak

    Poor messenger

    August 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

  38. bob h

    I imd a friend using yahoo by asteric and she says that after my name is a name wullicoufi1901 can you tell me what this is or have I been hacked

    August 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

  39. adina

    Please let me know how to uninstall this messenger from my windows phone???

    September 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

  40. A.nugent

    This app is a load of rubbish as I have never been able to login to it the free version is better sad but TRUE

    November 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm

  41. Ha

    November 11, 2012 at 9:05 am

  42. Great app.
    Number one…

    November 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

  43. wandre luis lucio

    Tamos juntos!

    November 26, 2012 at 10:20 am

  44. Sono Arthuro, maturo, vedovo senza prole, cerco donna, o cpp x sesso senza complicanze sentimenti, no anonimato, mercenari,,,,, sporchi,,,, kiedo ospitalita, se interessate:3298832437•3668780583• 3467152948•

    November 28, 2012 at 2:13 am

  45. Gerald D.

    All Contact Add Requests FAIL and I can NOT Add ANY CONTACTS!

    December 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

  46. Hue

    December 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

  47. lucky


    December 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

  48. Dan

    i synced my facebook contacts to yahoo messenger but when i sign in on my Samsung focus my facebook contacts dont show up. why is that ?

    December 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm

  49. jill smith

    I can’t see seem to login to your messenger by asterick. I have an account with yahoo messenger karenthered2002 password kjsmith1. Please let me know why I can’t login

    December 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  50. Posso

    January 10, 2013 at 8:24 pm

  51. Legall

    January 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  52. Terobau

    January 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm

  53. andres

    No recuerdo la contraseña

    January 28, 2013 at 6:43 am

  54. Manda

    When I try logging in it says at the top.. Unauthorized alias with yahoo??? I do not remember my password for when I had yahoo messenger so im not sure how to get in

    January 31, 2013 at 11:36 pm

  55. oKk

    February 4, 2013 at 8:25 am

  56. Ok

    February 4, 2013 at 8:26 am

  57. Vshkaoqidxuhvxmzlaiwudu

    February 6, 2013 at 2:39 am

  58. Hola Buenos Dias

    February 12, 2013 at 6:31 am

  59. Being philabanh

    February 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm

  60. Hi
    I’m badran from iraq

    February 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm

  61. Dino

    I just bought this version today Feb 21 and I can not enter contacts. Gives me an error. Fix it or I want my money back!!!!!!

    February 21, 2013 at 7:44 am

  62. mai tri bao


    February 26, 2013 at 5:29 am

  63. Xdghjxhjb

    February 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm

  64. 😉

    March 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

  65. h2 guy

    Nothing seems to work 😦
    I can’t add a contact
    I can’t see history or messages
    What the heck >.<

    March 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm

  66. Amanda Aybar

    Me gusta

    March 3, 2013 at 4:36 am

  67. Cái gì đây

    March 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm

  68. sanam


    March 11, 2013 at 3:53 am

  69. Love Raphael

    How do I change my email address

    March 11, 2013 at 11:22 am

  70. maryel

    March 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm

  71. Me gustas, solo la quiero en español.

    March 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm

  72. 0976245606

    March 20, 2013 at 8:56 am

  73. nguyenthanhtuan

    Ok! Thanks

    March 21, 2013 at 8:44 am

  74. Chgklugdchfvevj

    March 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  75. Walang gana…..

    March 26, 2013 at 11:37 am

  76. Herman Rozendaal

    Does messenger workon windowsphome 8?

    March 27, 2013 at 11:56 am

  77. Dinhvan95

    April 1, 2013 at 5:46 am

  78. Fares

    April 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

  79. abdullah


    April 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

  80. Hi

    April 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm

  81. FREE

    April 8, 2013 at 9:27 am

  82. Good

    April 8, 2013 at 9:29 am

  83. saidulislam


    April 16, 2013 at 1:46 am

  84. vlechner


    April 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm

  85. No start

    April 20, 2013 at 6:09 am

  86. I need to know and want to check if my alerts are
    Working on my yahoo messenger please help me on how to check that maybe send me a im to see please

    April 21, 2013 at 5:40 am

  87. Please help me I need to know if my alerts and or sounds are working on my yahoo messenger please either send me a email or try to instant message me this has been going on for sometime now please

    April 21, 2013 at 7:21 am

  88. I’m sorry I forgot to add this is for my Windows 8 Nokia Lumia 822 cell phone I’m really frustrated with this

    April 21, 2013 at 7:24 am

  89. Hola

    April 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

  90. Sms

    April 28, 2013 at 7:48 am

  91. I want to know how to get my notications to see if they are working for my yahoo messenger let me know now…

    May 2, 2013 at 6:05 am

  92. I want to know why I’m not getting no sound to let me know when I have a new message on my yahoo messenger on my Windows 8 Nokia Lumia 822 let me know soon this is not right and it’s frustrating

    May 31, 2013 at 5:46 am

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