Is your Yahoo buddy really offline?

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 5, 2007
Updated • Mar 4, 2014

Most Instant Messengers offer a function to hide your real status from your contacts and buddies by showing a fake offline status.This is often called going invisible.

What it means is that you change your status to offline for all contacts and other users of the software program or client, but are not really offline.

You can still receive messages and message people. This is often done to avoid being interrupted while you are working on something, but can also be useful if you do not want to respond to messages that you receive at that point in time.

There is however a way to find out if your Yahoo contact or buddy is really offline, or only faking the offline status by going invisible. It basically lets you detect if they use the invisible mode in Yahoo Messenger.

For that, you do not even need to have Yahoo Messenger installed on your system, as you can check this information online.

detect yahoo messenger online status

Detect Invisible is one of the services that you can use for that purpose. Just load the website of the service, and enter the Yahoo ID of the user that you want to look up.

It takes a moment and after that, you receive the current status of that user, which can either be offline or online. If the user is listed as online, but shown as offline in Yahoo Messenger, then you now that the user is making use of the program's invisible mode feature to stay undetected.

The service keeps a record of the buddies that you have checked in the past using a cookie. For as long as it is set, you can simply click on a past ID that you checked to check it again without having to enter it again on the site.

What may also be interesting to some of you is that the service provides you with options to check the account name on Facebook or HI5 as well.


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  1. Faceboo said on January 11, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    a new one! ! hi5 profile also displayed

  2. byeloo said on September 14, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    number 1001 website that tell you whos’s invisible on Yahoo: !

    if you want try-it!

  3. noname said on September 8, 2009 at 9:41 pm
    Reply you can check invisible so accurately , quickly and see avatar

  4. george said on August 2, 2009 at 9:24 am
    Reply it’s very good. just try it.

  5. ratza said on April 9, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    a very good invisible scanner is never busy

  6. Roberto said on December 1, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Anything that the above sites can do can do too. yahoo status scan and detect, downloading avatar. But it will do something else soon…

  7. Xpl0si0n said on November 16, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    other website with you can detect status is also with website you cand download your buddies avatar.

  8. Zach said on October 23, 2008 at 10:57 am

    This crap doesn’t work! Here are three simple steps. If you want to find out if a buddy is hiding in yahoo just do this: (1.)open a brand new window with them, but don’t type anything, next, (2.)buzz them! and (3.)immediately open the “Doodle” environment, if they’re online but hiding or “invisible” it will not load. If “Doodle” loads, that person is online, and they are not online in ymail, they are online in ymessenger. Try that one!

  9. doniking said on October 18, 2008 at 10:00 am

    @Sari: actually it works. download latest version of BuddySpy.

  10. Gary S. said on July 30, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Some of them doesn’t work anymore …
    I use , until now it worked perfect.

  11. Andrei said on June 10, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Try wroks perfect!

  12. alireza said on May 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    great tips, and you can find yahoo status (online , oflline , invisible) in this site too Yahoo invisible detector

  13. ffreakz20 said on April 7, 2008 at 8:47 am

    yeah didnt work i put my own sn in and i was really invisable and it said i was offline,,

  14. peipei said on March 16, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    it’s work, I always use xeeber to found out about my friend, as for invisible status, it’s will show as invisible even if they are ofline,( in this case, they logged as invisible till they logout, so the the status still INVISIBLE even if they are online) you have to wait for them to login and change their status to online,but it’s work Great for stealth status, it will show that their are ONLINE XD

  15. Sari said on December 3, 2007 at 1:59 am

    None of the sites you have listed have worked for me. Not Buddyspy or Xeeber. I checked for friends who were invisible and it didn’t find them and they were online. I also put in my name and I was VISIBLE and it said I wasn’t on. So try again. I hate it when people are trying to sell a site. Just be honest.

  16. Buddy said on November 25, 2007 at 3:14 pm

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