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Adding friends to MSN

I am trying to add a friend on my MSN, but can only add him as a non instant messaging contact. I have had him before and deleted it, but now want him back on. Why can’t I instant message him?

Susan KeenanBe patient as I go over a few points and hopefully, we will find a solution that works for you.

MSN Messenger

MSN Messenger is one of several popular instant messaging services.

How to Add Friends to MSN Messenger

The steps you need to take to add friends to MSN Messenger are rather straightforward. However, on the off chance that something was missed, I'll present the necessary steps here.

  1. First, sign in to your MSN Messenger account using your email and personal password.
  2. Click on the button in the upper left-hand corner. It should be green in color and include the word "ADD" and a white plus sign.
  3. In the dialog box that pops up, type the email address of your friend. Click on "Next."
  4. The next dialog box prompts you to email the person with a message asking the individual to download MSN. Click "Next."
  5. Click on the final "Next."

Is the Friend a Subscriber to MSN Messenger?

If you haven't talked to your friend in a while, is it possible that they are no longer using MSN messenger. This would explain why you cannot message the person. Don't make the assumption that the person is using MSN Messenger. Find out for sure whether he has it or not.

What is a Non Instant Messaging Contact?

A non-instant messaging contact is the designation for people who you can email but are not able to send an instant message to. If you have previously deleted contacts from your instant messaging list, you need to edit the contact label. The rules for editing vary according to the method of deletion. See below.

How to Edit Non Instant Messaging Contacts: Deleted Only

In order to edit your non instant messaging contacts, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the "Tools" option.
  2. Navigate to the "Options."
  3. Navigate to "Privacy."
  4. Navigate to "Allowed List."
  5. Right click on the contact's name.
  6. Edit the information by selecting "Add to Contacts."

How to Edit Non Instant Messaging Contacts: Deleted and Blocked

In order to edit your non instant messaging contacts that you have deleted and blocked, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the "Tools" option.
  2. Navigate to "Privacy."
  3. Navigate to "Blocked List."
  4. Right click on the contact name.
  5. Select "Move to allowed list."
  6. Select "Add to contacts.

How to Edit Non-Instant Messaging Contacts through MSN Mail

In order to edit your non-instant messaging contacts through your mail, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your list of mail contacts.
  2. Select the contact.
  3. Click on "edit."
  4. Select "use with Windows Live Messenger."

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