Yahoo Groups to shut down on December 15, 2020

Yahoo has made the decision to shut down Yahoo Groups. To help you through this transition, we've compiled some frequently asked questions.

Will this impact my Yahoo Mail account?

No, the only thing being decommissioned is Yahoo Groups (groups.yahoo.com) and emails sent from Yahoo Groups. Yahoo Mail will continue to function normally.

Why was this decision made?

Yahoo Groups has made the decision to shut down as of December 15. Yahoo Groups has seen a steady decline in usage over the last several years. Over that same period, we've witnessed unprecedented levels of engagement across our properties as customers seek out premium, trustworthy content. While these decisions are never easy, we must sometimes make difficult decisions regarding products that no longer fit our long-term strategy as we hone our focus on other areas of the business.

What is the timeline for this process?

  • October 12 - The creation of new groups will be disabled.
  • December 15 - You'll no longer be able to send and receive emails from Yahoo Groups. The website will no longer be accessible.

What will happen to my emails with my group members after December 15?

Any existing messages in your email account won't be affected by this change. Messages that were on the Yahoo Groups site were already removed earlier this year. Beginning December 15, new messages will not be sent or received from your group members; if you try to email your group after December 15, your message will not be delivered and you will receive a failure notification. Whatever is in your email will stay there - including photos, files, and attachments.

How can I continue to connect with my group?

Although we do not have any official partnerships with any of the following groups' sites, we feel that the least we can do for our loyal customers is to recommend some reliable sites for our users to continue having group communications. These sites are simple and easy to use.

The site we recommend the most is Nextdoor, as it has a help page advising how to switch your Yahoo Groups to their site!

  • Nextdoor - Use any email account to sign up 
  • Facebook Groups - Requires a Facebook account
  • Google Groups - The admin of the group must have a Gmail account
  • Groups.io - The paid version allows for importing members from Yahoo Groups

How do I get a list of my group members so I can communicate with them after Yahoo Groups ends?

  Turn off pop-up blocker - The file will not be able to download unless you disable your pop-up blocker first.

Only admins will be able to invite group members to a new group using the following actions:

  1. Access your group's page.
  2. Click Management | Manage members.
  3. Click the Actions menu.
  4. Click Export.

What happened to all the content I've uploaded over the years?

This content is no longer available for download; we removed all of user-generated content (photos, files, attachments etc) from the site in December 2019. All members were notified in August 2019 of this change through email as well as through messaging on the groups.yahoo.com website.

How can I share my comments/feedback about this change?

Send any comments or feedback you have regarding this decision to YahooGroupsEscalations@verizonmedia.com Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.