How to Change Your Yahoo Messenger Name While Keeping All Your Contacts

By Melissa King

Update your Yahoo name as many times as you like.
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On Yahoo Messenger, your contacts identify you by your chosen display name. This name isn't permanently fixed -- you don't need to open a new account and lose your contacts to get a new name. After you've changed your full name and your nickname, you can send your updated details to everyone on your contacts list.

Update Your Display Name

Step 1

Launch Yahoo Messenger and sign in to your account.

Step 2

Click "Messenger" and select "My Contact Details."

Step 3

Change your first and last name, your nickname or both.

Step 4

Click "Save & Close," and then restart Yahoo Messenger.

Send Contacts Your New Details

Step 1

Open Yahoo Messenger and sign in.

Step 2

Click "Actions," and then select "Send My Contact Details."

Step 3

Click the check box next to each desired contact, and then click "Next." Contacts you don't select will not receive your updated information.

Step 4

Select the details you want to send. You can send your new nickname, full name or other information.

Step 5

Click "Save & Close" and "Finish."

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