Yahoo Answers will cease to exist on May 4th, 2021

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 6, 2021
Updated • Apr 6, 2021
Internet, Yahoo

If you have been to the Yahoo Answers website recently, you may have noticed a big banner at the top stating that the site will be shut down on May 4th, 2021.

The questions & answers platform Yahoo Answers was launched in 2006. It allowed users with a Yahoo account to post questions on the site and to answer questions.

Yahoo is part of Verizon Media Group since 2016 and many former Yahoo properties, including Tumbler, Flickr,  Yahoo Groups or Yahoo Messenger, were shut down or sold since then.

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The message at the top of the Yahoo Answers page informs users about the shutdown and a FAQ that Yahoo has created.

Yahoo Answers is shutting down on May 4th, 2021 (Eastern Time) and beginning April 20th, 2021 (Eastern Time) the Yahoo Answers website will be in read-only mode. There will be no changes to other Yahoo properties or services, or your Yahoo account.

Interestingly enough, another banner on the site encourages new users to sign up to the service.

Yahoo Answers will be set to read-only on April 20th, 2021. Users may still read questions and answers, but posting will be disabled on that day. On May 4th -- Star Wars Day -- Yahoo Answers will be shut down for good and the entire site will be redirected to the Yahoo homepage.

Yahoo Answers users have until June 30, 2021 to download their data from the service; this can be done following this link. The download package includes all of the user's content, including posted questions and answers, lists, and images. It does not contain other user's content, however, including answers to questions.

The change won't impact other Yahoo services or Yahoo accounts. Yahoo sent an email to active users of the service that informs them about the upcoming shutdown of the site. In it, the company reveals that Yahoo Answers has become less popular over the years and that the decision was made based on those numbers and the outlook.

The Internet Archive has downloaded a huge Yahoo Answers data set already but it does not seem to be available publicly yet; this could change with the shutdown on May 4, 2021 though.

If you are looking for Yahoo Answers alternatives, check out Answers or Stack Overflow.

Now You: are you affected by the change? Did you use Yahoo Answers in the past?

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  1. CrankyOldMan said on April 8, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Good, finally that worthless piece of rubbish is gone!

  2. Anonymous said on April 7, 2021 at 9:58 am

    It was on life support for many years,while never being maintained or updated.
    So this shutdown had to come at some point.

  3. hh said on April 7, 2021 at 5:42 am

    Please also close the daily Yahooooo (Fake) News (Collection).

  4. Anonymous said on April 6, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    I found a good lead to answering a lot of questions reading YA and Quora. I wish they’d leave it as read-only rather than shut it down completely.

  5. Dumbledalf said on April 6, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    I miss that they shut down their Yahoo! Messenger and Yahoo! Avatars. It’s not like they would be very useful nowadays, but why not just keep them for nostalgia’s sake…

    They could easily just keep them on some slow, low-cost tiny servers, it’s not like too much people will flock to use them or whatever, but such things need to be preserved.

  6. John G. said on April 6, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    Now please close also Yahoo Huffington Post “News”, completely useless thing ever!

  7. kalmly said on April 6, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Yahoo Answers was only ever good for a laugh. Should have been taken down back in 2006.

  8. Anonymous said on April 6, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    There is zero reasons to visit Yahoo anymore after this. Their mail is ad filled garbage with basic features locked in premium. Their news site looks like some horrible smartphone app, and they removed comment section. RIP Yahoo.

    Hopefully Answers is archived because it was a great homework help for students.

    1. Anonymous said on April 7, 2021 at 10:04 am

      What do expect when you use something for free,yes that right ads.They’re needed to pay for your
      use of the service for free.Outlook/Hotmail is the same so is Gmail.If you don’t want to do that then
      pay for a subscription.

  9. Tom Hawack said on April 6, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    All Yahoo! pages I know are systematically redirected to [] for cookie consent.
    Even if (Firefox) extensions such as ‘I don’t care about cookies’ and/or ‘Consent Blocker’ easily bypass this redirection, I don’t consider Yahoo! sufficiently interesting to even deserve being cleaned up.

    I’ve banned Yahoo! for years now. Just gave it another try recently with above mentioned extensions but wasn’t convinced, to put it mildly, that the place was worth removing guce.* from my system-wide blocklists.

  10. Clairvaux said on April 6, 2021 at 10:21 am

    In fact, I’m suprised Yahoo itself still exists.

    1. Torque said on April 13, 2021 at 1:41 am

      No Kidding! I’m going to alert all my friends on myspace!

  11. Harro Glööckler said on April 6, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Oh no, where will we now get masterpieces like:

    Q: “How is babby formed? How girl get pragnent?”
    A: “They need to do way instain mother> who kill thier babbys, becuse these babby cant fright back? It was on the news this mroing a mother in ar who had kill her three kids, they are taking the three babby back to new york too lady to rest. my pary are with the father who lost his chrilden ; i am truley sorry for your lots”

    A very sad day for the internet…

  12. Jedijax said on April 6, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Y tho?

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