How To Recover Deleted Facebook Messenger Messages, Chats

Are you wondering, where did your Facebook messages go, or did you delete them by mistake? If that’s the case then fret not. I will share some easy methods to retrieve your deleted Facebook chat messages from your Facebook account. Also, I will tell you how you can view the archived chats on your Facebook account. So, without wasting any second, let’s recover your deleted Facebook Messenger messages ASAP.

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Brief Overview 
You can recover your deleted Facebook Messenger messages by requesting Facebook to send a copy of your deleted chat messages. Or you can ask your Facebook friend to share a copy of your sent Facebook chat messages.

How To Find Missing Messages On Facebook Messenger

Your Facebook Messenger chats or messages stay in the chatbox and do not go anywhere unless they are either removed or archived by you. If you can’t find your Facebook messages then check your archived section first. On the other hand, removing your messages will delete them from your Facebook chat box and you will not be able to restore them.

How Can I Get Back My Archived Chat On Facebook?

You can restore your archived Facebook messages or conversations to your chat box. To do this follow the below steps:

1. First, log in to your Facebook account and tap on the Messenger icon in the top right corner. After that, you will be redirected to Facebook Messenger.


2. Next, tap on the hamburger icon to open the Facebook Messenger menu and select Archive.


3. Now, tap & hold archived chat then finally select the Unarchive button.

How Can I Get Back My Archived Chat On Facebook

How To Recover Deleted Facebook Messenger Messages

In short, you can’t restore deleted Facebook chats on your account, but there are ways to view your deleted messages. You can view your removed or deleted Facebook messages by requesting data from Facebook. This can be done by following the below steps:

Stage 1: Send A Request To Download Your Deleted Facebook Chats

1. First, sign in to your Facebook account and open the menu by tapping on the hamburger icon. Then select the gear icon beside the search icon to open Facebook settings.

open Facebook settings

2. Now, scroll down to Your information section and tap on Download your information.

Download your information

3. After that, you will be led to Facebook’s account center, click on Continue to download your information.


4. Next, tap on the Download or transfer information button and select your account profile then tap on the Next button.

Download or transfer information

5. Now, tap on Some of your information, select Messages and Next.

Retrieve Deleted Facebook Chat Messages

6. After that, select the method where you wish to receive the deleted Facebook messages and tap on the Next button.

select the method

7. Next, create a download file by entering specifics such as Date range, email address, Format, and Media quality. Once you have made the desired modifications then tap on the Create files. With that, your data request will be sent to Facebook and you will receive your deleted Facebook chat messages shortly after.

Create files

Stage 2: See Your Removed Facebook Chats

8. Now, log in to your Facebook account on your PC and tap on the Bell icon to open recent notifications.

9. Then click on the notification that says “Your Meta information is ready to download”.

How To See Your Removed Facebook Chat Messages

Note: Remember, that your Download option will be available only for 4 days. After that, you will have to send a new request to Facebook. 

10. Next, select the Download button and enter your Facebook password. Then click on Continue to download a Zip file on your PC. Once you have downloaded the Zip file, extract the data from it and open the extracted file.

Retrieve Deleted Facebook Chat Messages

Facebook password

11. Now, click on the your_activity_across_facebook folder, and open the messages folder to see HTML files.

Open messages folder

12. Next, click on the your_messages HTML file and you will be redirected to your PC’s web browser page.

Click on HTML file

13. Finally, click on the name of your desired Facebook friend to see your deleted or removed Facebook messages on your PC.

name of the person

Note: Bear in mind, that HTML files will only work on your PC or laptop. 

Bonus Tips

Forward Important Messages

If you have a secondary Facebook account then you can forward your essential Messenger messages to that account. In case, you do not have a secondary Facebook ID then you can Pin the preferred messages and save them from accidental deletion.

Archive Important Chats

Always archive your important Facebook Messenger chats. This way, all of your Facebook messages will be protected from unintentional deletion.

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Final Verdict

Losing important Facebook messages can be a catastrophic experience for you. If you wish to recover your deleted Facebook chats then I believe this article will be a valuable guide in recovering your deleted Facebook Messenger messages. Furthermore, I have added a couple of tips that may save your crucial messages from deletion.


Can I Recover My Deleted Conversation On Facebook?

You can retrieve your deleted Facebook messages by asking for a copy of your sent messages from your Facebook friend.

What Happens When You Delete A Conversation On Messenger?

Once you delete a chat conversation(s) on your Facebook Messenger, they are deleted and are not visible on your Facebook Messenger profile.

How Can I Find My Missing Message On Facebook Messenger?

If you can't see your messages on Facebook Messenger then you may find them in the Archive section.

About Me

I’m Satyam Pandey, a fellow data hoarder who keeps accidentally deleting files from time to time. I decided to start this blog after recovering all of my deleted high school photos from my old hard drive. With a knack to test data recovery software and see how well they perform I decided to create this blog.

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