Messenger Status

This page reflects current operational status of the Windows Live (MSN) Messenger service and software.

NOTE: May 20, 2017 – Messenger is no longer available using Messenger Reviver 2 as Microsoft’s final Messenger server has been taken offline as of May 18th. Please see the post on the discontinuation of Messenger Reviver 2 for more information and a tribute.

You can also continue to use older versions of MSN Messenger on a non-Microsoft server. Learn about how to use the Escargot server project and sign in.

If you have not already revived your Messenger client, you will need Messenger Reviver 2 to sign in to the service.

Last checked: May 20 2017 – 04:00 UTC
For connectivity to the Messenger servers, Is MSN dead yet? provides an ongoing monitor and information.

Feature  Status Notes
Access/sign in to Messenger (Skype/SkypeWeb/Miranda-NG) Online Sep 21st, Skype client presently cannot see any contacts but messaging is possible
Last outage Jul 4 2014 ~15 min
Access/sign in to Messenger ( Online Last outage Jul 4 2014 ~15 min
Access/sign in to Messenger (HTTPS) Offline Feb 12 – In some regions, you may not be able to connect (error 80072efd), please revive again using Messenger Reviver 2.4.7 to fix the issue.
Access/sign in to Messenger (MSNP/HTTP) Offline Mar 12th – MSNP18 (Messenger 2009) logins fully rejected by every server, please use Live Messenger 2012
Mar 6th – MSNP logins rejected again, except by db3
Feb 26th – MSNP logins are now being rejected, workaround added
Jan 9th – There may be issues signing in again due to the default db3 servers not accepting all protocols, working on a workaround now.
Dec 1st – Two of the servers you’ll get when trying to connect are now refusing access on the MSNP port, re-revive using Reviver 2.3.5 if you are having issues connecting
Nov 13th – Previously revived Messenger 2008 and 2009 clients cannot sign in and will get error code 85ae0010, 2011 and 2012 clients are still working. Run the latest version of Reviver to fix the issue.
Nov 12th – Clients using the old 8.5 application ID no longer work but are being updated. The real Messenger client continues to work using Reviver.
Last outage Nov 2, ~60 min, prior Jul 4 2014 ~15 min
Adding/removing contacts Offline Users using Skype will need to use another Messenger client (like Butterfly Messenger or web-based iwantim) to accept
Badges Offline
Clickable hyperlinks Offline Currently broken in Messenger 2012
Custom emoticons Offline
Display names Offline Feature does not exist in Messenger 2012, but you can still change your “real” name and the names of others
Display pictures/scenes Offline
E-mail notifications Offline Shutdown April 2014
Facebook feeds Offline Stopped working with the shut down of Facebook Connect
Facebook Messenger Offline Stopped working with the shut down of Facebook Connect
File transfer Offline
Games Offline Shutdown April 30 2013
Group Messaging Offline Shutdown June 2015
Messenger Plus! Sounds Offline Plus! server returned July 2014 after 3 month outage (thanks Bertil)
MSN Mobile (SMS) Offline
MSN Today Offline
Offline messaging Offline Your contacts that use Skype or the web client will still be able to receive offline messages
P4 activities (MSN Photo Swap, etc.) Offline
Persistent groups Offline
Photo Sharing Offline
Remote Assistance Offline May require manual Teredo configuration
Status/personal messages Offline
Third-party services/stores Offline
Voiceclips Offline
Winks Offline Newer versions of Adobe Flash break winks from displaying, you can use an older version of Flash
Voice/video Offline Only works in some networking scenarios as the relay servers are not operational. It is recommended to use a browser-based alternative like Google Hangouts for voice or video instead.
What’s new? Offline
XMPP access/sign in Offline Shutdown December 2013
  1. Is there any way to remove groups?
    I have two groups. One of them was made by Buterfly messenger as a test.
    The other participiants already signed out from the groups.
    If I want to visit the group clicking on it in WLM, then it opens a new browser tab with onedrive. But it says something like, It looks like the content was deleted or you have no permission.
    Is there any way to remove those dead groups?
    I didin’t find any option in WLM nor in Butterfly Messenger.

  2. Hello Jonathan
    In the old Messenger there was a Privacy button under Settings where I could figure out which contact removed me from his/her list (right clicking on the contact name and seeing that I can remove him/her). This option is no longer available in Live Messenger 2012. Any idea where/how I can get back that information?

    • Even when Messenger 2009 (the last version with the Privacy tab) was still working, the information about who removed you was incorrect due to changes to the server and protocol in 2011. So, I’m afraid that even if you could bring back the Privacy tab, what would be shown would be useless.

  3. Hey, Jonathan. I am going to copy and paste a comment here that has already been done by Stern in September 17, 2015, but you haven’t answered so far. I am really interested in a reply of yours to this one question, so I would be glad if you could give any response to this matter:

    “Dear Jonathan,
    How well do you know the structure behind Windows Live and the servers? I mean, you was able to redirect older clients to use a specified server.
    My question is, could it be possible to create a similar network as windows live but with own servers?
    Then you could redirect the client with your reviver program to use the “new network” and we could create a network as a shadow copy of the original.
    Then if Microsoft decides finally kill MSNP21 we only should switch to our own network.
    Would it be possible to configure a windows live network copy with own servers?”

    I’ve been using the internet since early years of 2000 (yeah, I know, I am not that old), and I truly believe that MSN Messenger/Windows Live Messenger has always been the best messenger ever. I think if Microsoft had adapted fast to the mobile universe, it would still exist. Skype has it’s calling purpose, but besides that, it sucks. MSN in the other hand, man, that was so much fun.

    I would be really happy if you could give any insight in this question, made by Stern.

    Thank you!

  4. bonsoir,j’utilise actuellement windows live messenger 2012 et j’aurais émais pouvoir avoir accer a facebook pour mes contacte facebook,car j’ai vu qu’il y avais la fonction facebook mes quand on clic dessu on ne poeux pas avoir accer,ce qui cerais trés bien sa cerais que l’on ce penche sur ce probléme car avoir accer a facebook part l’intermédiere de windows live messenger cerais un plus grand bien,parce que en ce moment j’utilise facebook messenger en attendant une solution,car avoir cette fonction sa éviterais d’avoir plusieur logiciel,comme on dit faire le tout en un c’est mieux pour évité d’avoir plusieur vous demande donc de bien vouloir faire le necessaire merci.

  5. Is there a workaround to revive Facebook Connect?

  6. Hello! I wonder if anyone knows stowing aMSN protocols

  7. bonjour jonathan quand les video conversations vont t elle a nouveau fonctionner pouvez vous réparer cela est ce possible?
    cela serais bien de reparler comme avant…

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