This is becoming such a daunting task for most people. Facebook has been around for years and conversations keep piling up in the inbox. It’s even worse for smartphone users that don’t trade in their devices for new ones every year.
How can you start cleaning up your inbox? – By following the steps in this article.
- Facebook Fast Delete Messages
- Deleted Messages Recovery
- Message Cleaner
- A Final Thought
Open Facebook Messenger
Locate a message to delete
Open the Facebook Messenger app
Tap and hold on the conversation that you no longer want
Confirm the selection by tapping Delete Conversation
As you can see, smartphone versions of Facebook Messenger suffer from a major flaw. You can’t make multiple selections.
Can you delete multiple messages at the same time in any way? – Fortunately yes, just not on a smartphone or tablet. In order to remove all messages and conversations, you have to use the browser version of Facebook Messenger.
Log into your Facebook account
Click See all in Messenger
Click on the options wheel next to a conversation
Click Delete if you want to erase all the messages
Click Archive if you want to save them
But what can you do about multiple messages and multiple conversations? – For this, you have to install a third-party browser extension.
Facebook Fast Delete Messages
Log into your Facebook account on your browser after installing the extension. Click on the Extension icon on the extension bar. It should have a Facebook Messenger logo and a red X on top.
After that, it’s as easy as following the on-screen instructions. Click the Open Your Messages button when it appears. Click the new button, Begin Deletion, once it appears. Select OK to confirm your action
This should automatically take care of all the messages in your inbox. If it doesn’t, sometimes it helps if you refresh the page and repeat the process. If you have too many conversations, it may not remove them all in one go.
However, keep in mind that if you do this you won’t be able to use the recovery tool. The only possible to get away with this is if you use Facebook Messenger mostly on your Android device.
Deleted Messages Recovery
Now that you know how to delete every conversation you’ve ever had, what if you remember that some conversations had important pieces of information you forgot to save elsewhere? – There may still be a chance.
When you’re using Facebook Messenger on a smartphone or tablet, all the conversations are in fact saved on your device. Just because you’re ‘deleting them’ in the messenger and you no longer see them, it doesn’t mean they’re gone.
If you use ES File Explorer, or any explorer that works for you, you can still access that information.
Open ES File Explorer
Go to Storage or SD card folder
Select and open the Android folder
Open data folder
Scroll through the folders until you locate ‘com.facebook.orca’ (This belongs to the Facebook Messenger app)
Open the folder
Open the fb_temp folder
This is a cache folder that contains backup files for conversations in Facebook Messenger.
Keep in mind that this method may not always work. You can only recover deleted conversations if you had backed up your phone before you started erasing stuff.
As an alternative, you can connect your device to your computer and browse the folders this way.
If you’re on an iOS device then you may have to use a third-party software to recover old messages. There are many data recovery apps available, so just pick the one that has better reviews. Dr.Fone, for example, is one of the most popular.
This extension works best if you first scroll down to the very bottom of the message list. Once you load the extension, it will recognize all the messages as being selected for removal. You can also then pick individual messages that you may want to save.
Both extensions allow you to select multiple messages from different conversations and delete them all at once. However, you still have to select the ones that you want to delete. There isn’t a button or feature that creates an automated selection of all messages.
A Final Thought
As gigantic as Facebook is, the user interface and the level of customization across all platforms still have a long way to go.
Luckily, when the big boys fail, third-party extensions come to the rescue.