Wandering through the “meanders” of your Facebook account, have you noticed that there are a lot of archived messages and would you like to get rid of them? Well, if you think they can’t be more useful to you it seems like a really good idea. How do you say? You agree with me perfectly but you just don’t know how to go about it delete archived messages on Facebook? Don’t worry, I can help you out. With today’s guide I will in fact explain to you everything that needs to be done to succeed in the enterprise, both from a computer (therefore via web browser) and from smartphones and tablets (i.e. via app).
Before you can get scared and think about who knows what I want to tell you right away that deleting the messages stored on Facebook is an extremely simple operation to carry out and for the realization of which it is not essential to be a great expert in fact of the Internet and new technologies. To do this, all you need is a minimum of concentration and attention and a few minutes of free time as well as, of course, my instructions.
So I would say not to waste any more time and go and find out immediately how to delete archived messages from Facebook. You will see, eventually you will slap yourself on the forehead wondering but how did I not think about it before?.
Considering that what you are about to perform is an irreversible operation and that, consequently, once deleted, the messages that were previously stored on Facebook can no longer be recovered in any way (except by recalling them from the other people’s account who participated in it … but that’s another thing!), I suggest you first make a backup of the contents of your account.
If you are not already aware of it, a backup of your personal data on the social network can be very useful in order to always be able to access information, photos, posts, messages (of course!) And anything else you have chosen to make available on Facebook.
To download a backup of your data from Facebook, first connect to the social network. To do this, type www.facebook.com in the address bar and then press the button Enter present on the keyboard so that you can immediately connect to the main web page of the service. Then type in your Facebook login details by filling in the appropriate fields that are shown on the screen and then click on the button with written on Log in.
Now press the icon depicting a arrow pointing down located at the top right of the blue Facebook bar and click on the entry Settings attached to the menu that is shown to you. Then click on the entry first Download a copy of your Facebook data and then on Start my archive.
Once this is done, wait for the system to prepare the ZIP package containing your photos, your posts, the conversations you have made in chat and all the other information you host on your profile (it could take quite a few minutes, if not hours). When the archive is ready, an email will be sent to you containing the link to download it to your computer.
Once you have received the email, all you have to do is click on the button Download archive of Facebook, type the password of your account on the social network and proceed to download the archive by clicking on Send.
Later, you can access the archive related to your Facebook account by opening and extracting the contents of the same in a new folder, opening the latter and double clicking on the page Index. Once this is done, a new page will open in the web browser through which you will then be able to see all the files and data backed up by your account on the social network, even if you are offline.
Delete messages stored on Facebook from your computer
If at this point you want to find out what you need to do in order to delete the messages stored on Facebook, the first step you need to take is to access the Facebook home using the web browser and click on the icon with the two comics located at the top right then click on the item Show all attached to the square that has gone to open. Then click on the entry Other located at the top left and choose the item Archived from the menu that is shown to you.
Now click on the message you want to delete, press the button shaped gear wheel located at the top right and select the option Delete messages …, to delete individual messages in the chat, or the option Delete conversation …, to delete the entire conversation.
In the first case, to complete the operation, after choosing the item Delete messages … from the menu, you have to put the check mark next to the messages to be deleted, you have to press the button Delete which is located at the bottom right and then you have to click on Delete message or Delete messages (The item varies depending on the total number of messages that have been selected). If, on the other hand, you have decided to delete the entire conversation, click on the button Delete conversation attached to the box that is shown on the screen to confirm your will and to complete the procedure. Easy, right?
Delete messages stored on Facebook from smartphones and tablets
Do you usually connect to Mark Zuckerberg’s social networking service from your smartphone or tablet and would you like to understand how to delete the messages stored on Facebook from mobile? In that case, just resort to using Messenger. This is the free Facebook application that allows you to chat from mobile. The app and is available for both Android that for iOS.
However, I would like to point out right away that on Messenger, unfortunately, there is no special function available to delete the messages stored on Facebook as well as from the computer but you can still succeed in your intent by implementing a simple trick. You will first have to cancel the archiving of the conversation and, subsequently, you can proceed by going to carry out the actual cancellation.
Having said that, then proceed by going to download and install the Facebook Messenger app (if it is not already present on your device) using the links I have provided you just now. Then start the application by pressing on its icon that has been added on the home screen and type in the search field located at the top the name of the person with whom you had the conversation that has been archived and then presses on the most relevant suggestion.
At this point, type and send any message in the field Type a message … that you find placed at the bottom. By doing this, archiving of the conversation will be canceled. To confirm this, you will find the chat session in the section Home Facebook Messenger app.
Once these steps have been carried out, you can finally proceed by going to perform the actual deletion of the chat session. To do this, locate the conversation you want to delete on the main Messenger screen and swipe left on it. Then press on the button Delete and confirm your wish to cancel the conversation by pressing on Delete conversation. A bit articulate, but all in all simple.
Alternatively, you can delete the messages stored on Facebook also by opening the web browser that you usually use to surf the net from your mobile device, by connecting to your Facebook account and by implementing the procedure that I explained to you in the previous lines, when I indicated to you. how to succeed in your intent by acting as a computer.
In this case, however, remember to call up the desktop version of the social network. If you don’t know how to do it, on iOS you just need to press the icon of arrow attached to the screen you see when you start Safari and presses the icon Request desktop site present in the menu that appears in the second row of icons. On Android, click the button (…) from Chrome located at the top right and select the item Request desktop site from the menu that opens.