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- How to Find Deleted Messages on Messenger
- How to Recover Deleted Messages on Messenger
- How to Archive Messages on Messenger
- How To Backup Facebook Messages
- Further Reading
If you’ve deleted your messages by accident on Facebook, you will wonder how to find and recover deleted messages on Messenger.
It can be for other reasons that you just want to recover those deleted messages.
However, some of the messages you thought you deleted will be available on your “Archived chats” on Facebook Messenger.
Some others may be on your data files on Facebook servers, but this can’t last for too long.
This is why if you deleted your messages a long time ago, it’s probably not recoverable.
Until you try to recover them before the delay, which is 30 days.
But it’s worth a try to find out if your messages are still there or not.
Now, if you can’t find them, don’t trust those recovery apps that promise to recover deleted messages.
Also, you can just backup your Facebook Messages manually, there is no auto backup that Facebook offers.
So today, I will show you how to find and recover deleted messages on Messenger.
How to Find Deleted Messages on Messenger
To find deleted messages on Messenger, open your messenger, then go to the “Archived chats” page.
Then you will find all your archived messages there that you may think you’ve deleted.
Keep in mind that archived chats and messages stay on Facebook forever as long as you are using your account.
So when you archive messages on Messenger, don’t think they will be deleted forever.
1.Open your Messenger “Settings” page
First, open your Messenger chats page.
Then you will see your profile picture at the top left.
So tap on your profile picture.
Then you will be redirected to the “Settings” page of your Messenger.
2.Tap on “Archived Chats”
After the settings page opens, you will see two options below your Facebook profile picture.
Which are “Message Requests” and “Archived Chats”.
On Message Requests, you can see all hidden messages that you may receive from strangers.
So tap on “Archived Chats”, to find all deleted messages from the Messenger page.
Which we call archived messages or chats.
3.Check your archived messages
After you’ve tapped on “Archived chats” you will find all the deleted messages that you’ve archived on Messenger.
So you can tap and open each message to check what’s inside.
Now if you didn’t find messages on that page it can mean that they were deleted permanently.
However, you may still get them back from your Facebook data before 30 days.
How to Recover Deleted Messages on Messenger
To recover deleted messages, the only way is by downloading the Data file from your Facebook settings, and checking your “Archived chats”.
Which will at least help you to recover a part of the messages you think it was deleted.
However, Facebook gives you a delay of 30 days to keep your data in their server before they delete them forever.
So this method is worth a try to find out if you can recover your deleted messages on messenger.
1.Tap Account Settings on Messenger
First, open your Messenger settings by tapping on the profile picture in your Messenger app.
Now scroll down until you find “Account Settings” then tap on it.
A new page will open, which is your Facebook Settings.
2.Open the “Download Your Information” page
When you open the “Settings” page, scroll down until you find the “Download Your Information”.
Now tap on the “Download Your Information”, then a new page will open.
On this page, you can download all your Facebook data.
3.Tap on “CREATE FILE” to request a copy of your data
Now that you’ve opened the data page, you will see that Facebook automatically selected them all.
So tap on “DESELECT ALL” to deselect them.
Then tap on “Messages” to download your messages only.
Now scroll down to the bottom of the data page.
Then tap “CREATE FILE” to create a copy of the data you’ve chosen.
You can adjust the date range of the deleted messages that you want to recover by tapping on “Date Range”.
4.Recover Deleted Messages on Messenger
You will be redirected to the “AVAILABLE COPIES” page, where you will see a “Pending” message.
So you have to wait for some time until you receive the downloadable copy of your data.
Then you will be able to recover your deleted messages on Messenger.
However, you can keep the selection for all your folders, then download them if you want a copy of all your Facebook data.
How to Archive Messages on Messenger
To archive messages on Messenger, find the message you want to archive, then long tap on that message, and when you see the popup tap on “Archive”.
1.Find the message you want to archive
On your Messenger app, find the messages you want to archive.
Keep in mind that if you haven’t found the message on the account, it might be deleted by accident.
Now if you see an old message without a name like (Facebook User) and a profile photo.
This means the person deactivated their account.
2.Tap on “Archive”
After finding the message.
Long tap on that message, then a popup will show up.
So tap on “Archive” to archive the message.
Then your message will go to the “Archived chats” page.
How To Backup Facebook Messages
To backup your Facebook Messages, you have to download your Facebook Messages data manually from the Facebook settings.
However, Facebook doesn’t offer an auto backup or any type of service that backs up your messages on Messenger.
However, you can archive them instead, and make a manually scheduled backup.
Deleted messages on Facebook are hard to get them back, but if you have archived them instead, it’s an easy process to recover them.
So, archived messages stay forever as long as your Facebook account is activated.
But the deleted messages can last for 30 days if they are in your Facebook data files.
Then you will be able to recover deleted messages on Messenger by requesting a data file.
However, the probability of having your file in your data file is low, but it’s worth trying it out.
Finally, any app or software that pretends to recover your deleted data is not true.