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How to Retrieve Deleted Messages on Facebook Messenger

You must have mistakenly deleted an important message at least once. It becomes really annoying if that message contains some important details that you can’t bear to lose. But worry not, you are going to get back those messages, as in this post, we are going to talk about how to retrieve deleted messages on messenger.

Let’s begin.

How to Retrieve Deleted Messages on Messenger

Here are all the workarounds that will help you to recover deleted Facebook messages on messenger. 

Check the Archived Messages

In case you are not able to find a particular chat, the first place you should go is the archived section. Chances are very high that instead of deleting the chat, you would have mistakenly moved it to the archived section since both the options are next to each other. 

Follow these steps to find archived messages on Messenger. 

Open the Messenger app on your device.

Messenger Chats Profile

Go to profile, by clicking on your profile picture present at the top-left corner. 

Facebook Archived Chats in Phone

You will see the “Archived Chat” section. Click on it. 

Unarchive Facebook Chats in Phone

Here, you will see all the Archived chats. Just long-press on the chat that you want to unarchive, and then click on “Unarchive“. 

In case you want to unarchive a chat through the browser, follow the below-mentioned steps. 

Login to your Facebook account through the browser.

Open Facebook Messenger in Web

Click on the Messenger option present at the top-right corner. 

See All in Messenger Option on Facebook

In the Messenger section, click on “See all in Messenger“.

Facebook Archived Chats Option

Now, click on the three horizontal dots present just next to the Chat section. And then select “Archived chats“.

Unarchive Chats from Facebook Web

Here, you will see all the Archived chats. Just click on the three horizontal dots present next to the chat you want to unarchive, and then click on “Unarchive chat“. 

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Download Your Facebook Data

Facebook has a policy of keeping your deleted messages safe on its server for 90 days. Thus, you can easily recover deleted Facebook messages by downloading your data through the Facebook server. 

Follow these steps to download Facebook data through a browser

Open your Facebook account in the browser.

Facebook Settings and Privacy on Web

Click on the dropdown arrow present at the top right corner, and then select Settings and Privacy

Your Facebook Information from Settings

Next, go to “Settings”, and then click on “Your Facebook information” present at the left panel of the screen.

Download Your Facebook Information

Here, you will see all the information related to your Facebook account. Click on “View” present next to “Download your information

Download Messages Data on Facebook

On the next page, you will have all your activities done on Facebook. Enter the “Date range”, and check the “Messages” option. You can check all the other options if you want. 

Create Facebook Data Backup File

Lastly, click on “Create file”. The process may take some time, depending on the amount of data you have requested. Facebook will notify you once they are ready with your file so that you can download it on your device. 

Follow these steps to download Facebook data in Android Messenger App

Open Messenger on your Android device, and go to profile by clicking your profile picture. 

Facebook Account Settings in Android

Under the Account section, click on “Account settings“.

Download Your Information from Facebook App

Now, a new window will open. Scroll down, and click on “Download your information“.

Request Copy of Facebook Messages from Phone

Here, you will have all the information that you can download related to your Facebook account. Deselect all the options and just check the “Messages“. 

Create Facebook Data File on Android or iPhone

Lastly, scroll down, and click on “Create File“. 

That’s it. On the next page, you will have to enter your Facebook password to download the file. And as we have already mentioned, the process may take some time, depending on the amount of data you have requested. 

The process of downloading Facebook data on iPhone is similar to that of Android messenger. So, just follow the above-mentioned steps to download Facebook data on your iPhone. 

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Retrieve Deleted Facebook Messages from Your Friend

Whenever you delete a Facebook chat by mistake or on purpose, it only gets deleted on your end. It means the person to whom you have sent the message will still be having a copy of it. 

You can ask the recipient to send you a screenshot of the messages you want. Or, you can ask him to send the downloaded copy of his Facebook data. 

Recover Deleted Facebook Messages from Backup

If none of the above-mentioned methods worked, then the last option left with you is to recover messages through email inbox. However, this method will only be helpful to you if you have turned on the email notification on Facebook. 

You can even recover the messages through the most recent Facebook backup file. But in case you don’t know how to create a backup on Facebook, we’re sorry, you have run out of all the options for message recovery.

How to Create Messages Backup on Facebook

To stop the occurrence of this situation further in your Facebook career, you must know how to create a backup of your messages. The first method to create a backup is by turning on your email notification. This is how it’s done. 

Login to your Facebook account through the browser, and then click on the down arrow present and top right corner.

Facebook-Settings-and-Privacy-on-Web

Go to “Settings and Privacy“, and then “Settings“. 

Facebook Notifications Settings on Phone

In the left panel, click on notifications

Enable Facebook Email Notifications on Web

In the “Notification settings“, click on the “Email” option present under, ” How you receive notification?”

Get All Facebook Notifications via Email

Under the “Email” section check the “All” option.

That’s it. Now you will receive notifications of every message that you will receive on Facebook. 

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So, this was all about how to retrieve deleted messages on Messenger? We hope, by following the above-mentioned methods you will be able to recover deleted Facebook messages. We’ll be back with another social media guide, till then, sayonara.

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