Problem adding contacts in yahoo messenger?

Why can't i add contacts in yahoo messenger.the message "Your request to add to a contact has taken longer than expected,

The operation may have succeeded pls check your messenger later" What causes this problem?

11 Answers

  • Best Answer

    1.In the Messenger window, click the Add a Contact button.

    The Add to Messenger List window opens.

    2.In the Add window, enter the contact’s Yahoo! ID, then click the Next button.

    Tip: An email address can be used to invite someone to join as described in Inviting Friends to Use Messenger tutorial.

    3.In the next display of the Add window, do the following:

    #Select a group from the pull-down list or type a new group name.

    # Enter an optional introductory message.

    #If you like, change how your name appears in the request that will be sent to this contact.

    #Click the Change button.

    #The Change Name window opens.

    #In the Change Name window, enter your first and last name (you can even leave them blank), then click the OK button.

    # Click the Next button.

    4.In the final display of the Add window, you can do any of the following by clicking the associated link:

    #Send your contact details to this contact—opens the Send My Contact Details window, where you can select which of your contact information you want to send to this contact.

    Tip: If you haven’t filled in your details, the My Contact Details window opens first. After you add and save your information, the Send My Contact Details window opens.

    # Request contact details from this contact—opens the IM window where a notice tells you that your request has been sent to the contact and where you can begin instant messaging the contact.

    Note: Sending or requesting contact details allows you to return to this display in the Add a Contact window.

    #Add another contact to your Messenger List—returns you to the first page in the Add a Contact window where you can begin adding another contact.

    5.Click the Finish button.

    Messenger displays the contact’s name on your Messenger List in a temporary state. If the contact accepts your request, the addition becomes permanent. If the contact declines, Yahoo! Messenger sends you a notice and removes the name from your Messenger List.

    • Yolanda6 years agoReport

      This is the usual way how to do it but I have the same problem and it does not help how i can fix it

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    I'm using a dsl connection at home.I still have this problem !!! I can't add anyone ! Even if I add them from yahoo email,I still see them offline ! what a problem !

  • 5 years ago

    I have same problem is not from internet provider I have high speed internet cable I have couple more yahoo email address I open yahoo messenger with my other email address works great I can add fast but the one which I am using a lot I cant add so that means some thing is going with yahoo messenger if you have too many friends in contact list? maybe?

  • 6 years ago

    when I invite a friend to join yahoo says "your request to add a contact has taken longer than expected to complete. what is the problem?

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  • 1 decade ago

    “Currently, the Yahoo! Address Book team is upgrading some of their servers over the next few weeks. As a result, you may occasionally run into these types of errors.

    As a workaround, you can try the edit again later in Yahoo! Messenger or to make your changes right away, head over to and make your changes directly on the Address Book site.”

    Hope this helps!!!

    Source(s): yahoo
  • 4 years ago

    im having the same problem. Its makjing me look terrible to my boss. We are using it within a few people here at work but everyone is having problems adding people. Whats going on??/

  • 1 decade ago

    It seems the problem is with your Internet provider. Usually this stuff happends when you use a 3G mobile connection. I recommend you to try a DSL connection when adding new contacts.

    • 6 years agoReport

      I'm using a dsl connection at home.I still have this problem !!! I can't add anyone ! Even if I add them from yahoo email,I still see them offline ! what a problem !

  • 5 years ago

    adding contacts

  • 4 years ago

    cannt add my contacts in yahoo messenge

  • 4 years ago

    i cant add anybody at my yahoo messenger how can i fix it ?

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