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How To Delete Facebook Messages on your Phone or Computer

Posted by Sydney on June 15, 2017

Facebook Messenger is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. However, sometimes we send a message or picture that we wish we could unsend. That or we just have so many old messages cluttering up our inbox that the site of it is headache inducing.

To this we say that there’s good news and bad news. The good news is there is a way to delete messages, photos, and whole conversations from your messenger. The bad news is if you were hoping to “unsend” an embarrassing pic, you can’t. These messages may disappear from your account, but you can’t delete them from the accounts of others.

How to Delete Messages from the Facebook Website

You can’t delete individual messages from conversations on the Facebook website. You can only delete whole conversations. Do this by following these steps.

  1. Click the messenger icon at the top right of the Facebook home page. 
  2. Select the conversation that you want to delete.
  3. Click the options icon in the upper right hand corner of the message window.
  4. Click Delete Conversation..                                                                

How to Delete Messages from the Messenger App on a Desktop

If you are already in the messenger app on your desktop, complete the following steps to delete a conversation.

  1. Select conversation on from the list on the left hand side.
  2. Click on the settings icon next the conversation name on the right hand side. 
  3. Click Delete.                                                                                                                

How to Delete a Whole Conversation from the Messenger App on a Smartphone

Not at your computer? It’s easy to delete whole conversations from the messenger app with just three steps.

  1. View your conversations from Home.                       
  2. Tap and hold the conversation you want to delete
  3. Tap Delete.

How to Delete Messages from the Messenger App on a Smartphone

Want to just delete a message or photo from a conversation? Do this from your smartphone. Remember that it will not disappear from your friend’s conversation.

  1. Open the conversation
  2. Tap and hold the message or photo you’d like to delete
  3. Tap Delete at the bottom.                                                                    

Consider Archiving to Save Space

Why are you trying to delete a conversation? If you’re looking to save on space, consider archiving the conversation instead.

  1. Go to the messenger website on your computer.
  2. Open the conversation you want to archive.
  3. Click on the settings icon next the conversation name on the right hand side.
  4. Click Archive.                                                                                                              

You can still delete archived conversations. Just locate them in the archived folder and delete it the same way you would delete a normal conversation.

Think twice before you delete something. You can’t undo deletes. Once something has been removed from your messages, it’s gone permanently.

4 thoughts on “How To Delete Facebook Messages on your Phone or Computer”

maureen kimber says:
its more names I need to delete
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maureen kimber says:
no its not
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maureen kimber says:
so how do I delete people so many people I that I have not got any idea who they are ?
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Stephen says:
The only way I found to delete my messages on Messenger ! So clearly explained ! Congrats.
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