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How to recover deleted Messenger messages

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Do you need to retrieve an old message that was sent to you some time ago on Messenger but, once you open the Facebook screen, did you realize that there is no trace of it anymore? Maybe it’s been a long time since you received it or, probably, you deleted it from recent chats; however, having it available would be really handy but, unfortunately, you don’t know how to visualize it.

If this is the case, you will be happy to know that you have nothing to worry about; you are lucky, because you are in the right place, in a moment that could not have been better: in the following lines, in fact, I will show you in detail  how to recover Messenger messages deleted  from the list of recent chats, by accessing, for example, the “hidden” section that contains all archived messages, but also through the use of alternative solutions. Don’t worry, no special computer skills are required to carry out this operation: these are really very simple procedures and within everyone’s reach; you will see that, by following the instructions that I will give you shortly, you will be able to do it, even if you are not very familiar with technology.

Having made these necessary premises, the time has come to start: just take a few minutes of free time, sit down comfortably and carefully read the next lines of this tutorial of mine. I am sure that once you get to the end of this guide you will be perfectly able to get what you are looking for. Having said that, I just have to wish you a good reading and, above all, a good research!

Recover deleted Messenger messages from Android

If you have an Android smartphone and you are wondering how to recover deleted Facebook Messenger messages , as, for example, you are looking for a deleted conversation, archived or in the case of old messages that you intend to find, you will be happy to know that you can easily succeed by following the instructions that I am about to give you in the following lines and also choosing from one of the methods that I am going to illustrate below.

Messenger app

The first solution I want to tell you about, as well as the simplest one, requires the installation of the Messenger app  for Android , which you can download directly from the Play Store.

Having said that, to proceed, press the icon of the Google virtual store , located on the main screen of your device (the colored symbol  ). Now type the word  Messenger in the search bar located at the top, tap on the magnifying glass icon and then on the Messenger app icon ( the blue balloon with a lightning bolt ). Finally, click on the green Install button  .

Alternatively, if you are reading this guide from your Android device, you can press this link , to quickly start the installation of Messenger from the Play Store , by pressing directly on the Install button on the screen that will be shown to you.

At this point, that’s it: start the app and follow the on-screen instructions to configure it. Complete the settings, tap on the search bar at the top, type the name of the contact whose deleted messages you want to recover and select the chat you are interested in from the list. Then scroll back through the conversation until you find the oldest messages. Easier than that ?!

Google Chrome

Alternatively, if you want to retrieve an incorrectly archived message, you can access the Messenger message archive from Android using the Google Chrome browser  : to do this, however, you must access the desktop version of the Messenger web platform (it is not possible to access chats using the mobile version of the portal) and, from there, call up the Archive section .

Having said that, to proceed, start the browser by recalling it from the app list of your device, then type the address in the top bar  and press the Enter button (you can also tap directly on the link that you provided, if you are viewing this guide from your browser on Android). Now, press the button  ( ⋮) located at the top right and tap on the Desktop site box  to place the check mark.

Once the page has been reloaded, enter, where requested, the  username and  password to access Facebook and tap the Login button  . Then press the button  in the upper left corner and select the item  Chat archived in the new proposed menu, in order to identify the conversation of your interest.

Search the cache

Search the cache

If you are unable to retrieve messages from Messenger with any of the procedures suggested above, you can try to recover deleted messages on Messenger on your phone , by looking for them in the cache of Messenger for Android : if you have installed the app and subsequently deleted the messages, a copy of them may still be present in the folder dedicated to the app itself. Unfortunately, however, I cannot guarantee you 100% success, as Messenger does not always create a copy of its messages on the device’s memory: trying, however, does not harm.

To begin with, get a file manager to use for the purpose: I personally recommend File Manager + , downloadable for free from the Play Store , through which you can easily access the internal memory of your device. Alternatively, you can still use any file manager app.

Once the file manager has been downloaded and installed, start it from the list of apps, then press the icon relating to the  main memory (or  internal memory ) of your device and access the Android folders  > data> com.facebook.orca> cache> fb_temp : if you are lucky, inside it, you can find files containing Messenger messages that have been deleted.

Recover deleted Messenger messages on iPhone

If you have an iPhone or iPad and you need to recover deleted messages from Messenger , you can access the section relating to archived messages of the chat and get the desired result: below I will show you how to proceed using both the Messenger app for iOS and the Safari browser . You will see, you will succeed in your intent in no time at all.

Messenger app

Messenger FB

To begin with, start the Messenger app by  recalling it from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad: if you have not yet installed it, start the App Store (the icon with an “A” on it on a blue background) and press icon in the shape of a  magnifying glass located at the bottom right.

Now, type the word  Messenger in the search field at the top, tap the Search button  , press the Facebook Messenger icon ( the blue balloon with the lightning bolt in the center), then on the Get button  and, if necessary, authenticate via  Face IDTouch ID or Apple ID password , to proceed with the installation. If you are reading this guide from your iPhone or iPad, you can quickly open the App Store by clicking on this link .

Once the app is started, if necessary, carry out the initial configuration, following the instructions on the screen. Once you reach the main screen, tap on the Home icon  located at the bottom, select the chat you are interested in retrieving the messages (you can help with the search bar at the top to speed up the operation) and simply  scroll back to the conversation, to access archived messages.


Messenger Safari

If you do not want or cannot install the Messenger app on your device or are looking for an alternative method to access archived messages, you can use the Safari browser , already installed on your device, and use the web version of the Messenger platform.

First, start  Safari from the app list of your iPhone or iPad, type the address in the top bar (or touch the link directly, if you are reading the guide to your device), press on the Aa button  located at the top and then on the Request desktop site  button  that is shown to you in the new proposed panel, to access the destkop version of

At this point, to access the archived messages, all you have to do is follow the same instructions I gave you in the section relating to the Google Chrome browser for Android  (then press the ⚙ button in the upper left corner and select the Conversations item archived from the proposed new menu).

Recover deleted Messenger messages from PC

Even from PC you can recover messages deleted by Messenger, in case they have been archived. Succeeding in this is child’s play: you just need to know where to look! Find more information in the next lines of this tutorial.

Retrieve an archived chat

Retrieve an archived chat

To start, connected to the main Facebook page , log in (if necessary), then click on the Messenger chat icon  located at the top right (the one marked by a balloon with a “lightning bolt” in the center) and, subsequently, on the item  See all on Messenger present in the lower part of the new box that is shown to you.

Once you have accessed the “enlarged” Messenger window, click on the button  located at the top left, then on the archived Chat item  in the new proposed menu: after this operation, all archived messages are shown in the left panel and “cataloged “For chat. You can go back to the main message list by clicking on the < button  located at the top left.

If you do not intend to go to the main Facebook page but want to access the Messenger archived messages interface directly, you can directly visit the dedicated section of by  connecting to this website and logging in if required.

Download the chat archive

Alternatively, if you need to download Messenger messages on your PC, you can use the automatic procedure made available by Facebook: in this way, in fact, you have the possibility to obtain a copy not only of your messages, but of all data (photos, videos, links, etc.) that you have shared on Facebook, starting from the creation of your account.

To proceed, connected to  the main page  of the social network, click on the  arrow facing down  located at the top right and select the Settings  item  from the menu that opens. Then, click on the item Your information on Facebook and click on the item  View  corresponding to the wording Download your information .

Then select the data you want to export (for example Messages , to export all Facebook Messenger conversations, including archived ones) and then click the Create file button  .

Within a few minutes (but the time may vary depending on the amount of information stored on Facebook) a link will be sent to the email address with which you are registered to the social network containing the complete copy of the data selected by you. In this regard, if you are unable to open the archive, I suggest you refer to my tutorial on how to open ZIP files.

Recover permanently deleted Messenger messages

Messenger icon on keyboard

How do you say? Were you unable to solve your problem with any of the procedures described so far, since you need to  recover permanently deleted Messenger messages , therefore no longer even present in the archive of past conversations?

Well, then I have to give you bad news and a good one: the bad news is that, unfortunately, there is currently a method  fast  and  DIY  to recover chats and messages deleted permanently. The only small hope of getting something like this at the moment is to use  programs or apps for recovering deleted data , like the ones I pointed out to you in my tutorial on  how to recover deleted files from Android.

The good news, however, is that in some cases it is possible to retrieve such messages by contacting Facebook assistance : if you do not know how to do it, I suggest you read my tutorial on how to contact Facebook carefully  , to choose the procedure that best suits the case. . In this regard, should you opt for direct contact via email, I suggest you expose your problem using the English language.