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How To Recover Deleted Messages From Facebook Messenger

How To Recover Deleted Messages From Facebook Messenger

Have you accidentally deleted a conversation on Facebook that you wanted to keep? Maybe you deleted a chat on Messenger in frustration but now regret deleting it? Thankfully, there are ways to view deleted messages on Facebook. But how can you recover deleted messages from Messenger? Is that even possible? Follow this guide to learn how.

How to Recover Deleted Facebook Messages From the Web

Once you delete Facebook messages, they are permanently deleted. However, if you create a backup before hitting that delete button, you can recover them. Herein are the steps you can follow to recover the backup files:

  1. Open Facebook on your desktop browser and click on your profile picture at the top right of the screen.
    Facebook profile page
  2. Click Setting & privacy from the popup menu and then click on Settings.
    Choose Settings option
  3. Under Settings, click Your Facebook information on the left.
  4. Click on the View option given alongside the Download profile information.
    Download profile information under your Facebook Information section
  5. All profile information backups are available for download under the Available files section.
  6. You can choose the backup file and click the Download button.
    Facebook backup files available for download

How to Recover Deleted Messages From Messenger on Your Phone

If you are struggling to find a chat in the Messenger inbox, look for it in archived messages. That’s because there are fair chances that you may have accidentally tapped on archive instead of the delete option. Here’s how you can find archived chats in the Messenger app on your phone.

  1. Open the Messenger app from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines given at the top left.
    Messenger chats
  3. Choose Archives from the drop-down menu.
    Messenger menu
  4. Look for the missing chat in Archives. If you find the missing chat, tap and hold on to that chat.
  5. From the popup options, tap on Unarchive to take it back to chats.
    Messenger chat unarchive option

Unlike Facebook on the web, you cannot recover deleted messages from the Messenger app on your phone.

How to Recover Deleted Messages From the Facebook App

Recovering deleted messages from the Facebook app is similar to recovering deleted messages from the Facebook website.

  1. Launch the Facebook app.
  2. Tap your profile picture given at the top right corner of the screen.
    Facebook feed
  3. Tap on the gear icon at the top right.
    Facebook menu
  4. Scroll down to Your Information section and tap on Download your information.
    Request copy options under Download your information
  5. If you have a backup, it will appear in the Available copies section.
  6. Tap on the Download button to download your backed-up messages.
    Available copies for download

How to Create a Backup of Your Facebook Messages

Your deleted messages can’t be retrieved if you don’t have a backup. However, to avoid losing your Facebook messages in the future, make sure to take a backup after every two to four weeks. Here is how you can create a backup:

  1. Follow steps 1 to 5 from the previous section to reach Download your information screen on the Facebook app.
  2. Tap Messages under the Request copy section.
    Request copy options under Download your information
  3. Scroll to the bottom and enter the Date range, Format, and Media quality for your backup.
  4. Once done, tap the Create file button to create a backup of your Facebook messages.
    Create download file option
  5. When the backup is ready, it will appear in the Available copies section for downloading.

Recover Deleted Messages With Ease

While the above methods are recommended for recovering any missing or deleted chat, what if you don’t have a backup of your deleted messages? In that case, contacting the person on the other side of the conversation is the only way to recover it. That is because once you delete a Facebook message, it is gone forever.

So, if you have not removed that Facebook friend, asking them for a copy of your deleted conversation can be a good idea.


Q. Are deleted messages on Messenger gone forever?

A. Once you delete a message on Facebook Messenger, it is permanently deleted. However, if you take a backup before deleting your messages, they can be retrieved.

Q. What happens when you delete a conversation on Messenger?

A. When you delete a conversation on Messenger, it is deleted permanently. However, if you select the Remove for you option instead of Unsend while deleting the messages, the other person will still have a copy of your conversation with them.

Q. How do I search old messages in Messenger by date?

A. The easiest way to search for old messages in the Messenger app is to use the search bar. You can type a word or group of words you remember from the message and look for your message in the results displayed below the search bar.

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Monika Verma

Aug 18, 2023

Monika is a writer by day and a canvas artist by the night. She has over eight years of experience in content marketing and her expertise lies in demystifying intricate tech topics into easy to understand guides.

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