How To Recover Permanently Deleted Facebook Messages on Messenger

How To Recover Permanently Deleted Facebook Messages on Messenger

See & Retrieve Deleted Facebook Conversations On PC, Android & iPhone

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Losing a critical Facebook conversation could be quite annoying, actually no it’s awful. Those messages could be very precious to you. You never wanted to lose those memories, right? But don’t panic! Since thousands of users are searching for different ways to Recover Permanently Deleted FB Messages on Messenger, we thought of providing the topmost workable solutions so that you can easily retrieve those chats.

So, without further ado, let’s start the process of Facebook Messages Recovery!

Before You Proceed:
It should be kept in mind that Facebook stores all your deleted data for up to 90 days. If your data gets deleted before this duration, your chances to get deleted messages back remains quite thin. For more help, you can always visit their Messenger Help Center.

Top 5 Ways To Recover Permanently Deleted Facebook Chats On FB Messenger

Check out these straightforward ways one by one to see which method helps you to restore those deleted messenger chats quickly:

What To Do? Workarounds 
METHOD 1 How To Find and Recover Deleted Chats Via Unarchiving Messages?
METHOD 2 How Do You Retrieve Lost Facebook Messages on PC?
METHOD 3 Recover Facebook Messenger Messages On Android With File Explorer
METHOD 4 Completely Restore Deleted Facebook Messages On Android Device via PC
METHOD 5 Get Back Permanently Deleted Texts On FB Messenger Via Third-Party App
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METHOD 1- How To Find and Recover Deleted Chats Via Unarchiving Messages?

Note: In case you haven’t deleted the FB messages but accidentally archived it!

Archived messages are no longer present in your recent conversations area, as they are not permanently deleted. So, make sure to check out the Archived Messages Folder, because the chances are that you haven’t deleted the FB messages.

Follow the steps to find & retrieve deleted messages from Facebook Messenger on Android/iPhone:

STEP 1- Launch the Facebook Messenger App on your device. Make sure you’re logged in!

Facebook Messenger App

STEP 2- Go to the search bar and look for the conversation you think you deleted.

STEP 3- When you see the desired chat, send another message to the recipient, which will unarchive the entire conversation.

To Perform Facebook Messages Recovery On Desktop:

STEP 1- On your PC, Launch FB Messenger > Go to Messages Tab > Click on the ‘gear’ icon > Hit ‘Archived Threads’ option, all the archived messages will be listed there.

Recover Deleted Message

Also Read: How To Recover Deleted Facebook Account?

METHOD 2- How Do You Retrieve Deleted Facebook Messages on PC?

Thankfully, Facebook realizes the fact that anyone can delete messages or files accidentally. So, they offer a direct way for users to restore deleted messages from their settings. To start recovering your conversation:

STEP 1- Login to your Facebook account and head towards ‘Settings’.

STEP 2- From General Account Settings, go to ‘Your Facebook Information’ section from the left panel > click on the ‘Download your information’ button.

Recover Deleted Message

STEP 3- Now, you will be redirected to the next page where you can download every bit of information. It includes every activity you’ve done on your Account, since the time you’ve joined Facebook.

STEP 4- Check and put a Tick on what data you wish to download. Once done, click on the ‘Create File’ button.

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STEP 5- Once you click the Create File button, a small pop-up message will appear on your screen, stating about the processing of your files & you’ll be notified via Facebook notification when it gets completed.

Recover Deleted Message

Hit ‘Download’ option to continue the process. You’ll be asked to Enter your Password for security purposes.

Recover Deleted Message

STEP 6- A download link will be sent to your associated email ID. Click on the ‘Download Archive’ button, and everything will be taken down on your device.

Unzip the folder and find the ‘Index’ file that contains all your Facebook Data > Choose ‘Messages’, and you’ll be able to see all your deleted Facebook messages.

Also Read: How To Delete Facebook Account Permanently?

METHOD 3- Recover Facebook Messenger Messages On Android With File Explorer

Facebook Messenger follows the principle “Off the Internet”, which means there is another copy of your data in your device’s storage space. So, you can try locating your deleted chats in your File Management App.

STEP 1- Launch the File Explorer on your device & go to the Storage/SD Card folder.

STEP 2- Find & Open the Android folder; it stores all the data related applications.

STEP 3- Find Data folder > Cache folder > fb_temp.

It holds backup files related to each app. So, there might be a probability that FB Messenger saves your messages right in the folder.

Also Read: How To Deactivate Facebook Messenger Once Facebook Is Deactivated?

METHOD 4- Completely Restore Deleted Facebook Messages On Android Device via PC

Unable to find deleted Facebook messages using the aforementioned method? You can certainly try another way by accessing your smartphone memory from the PC.

STEP 1- Connect your phone with your system via USB cable and locate your device.

STEP 2- Head towards ‘SD Card or Internal Storage’ > click on ‘Android’ > ‘Data’ > find “com.facebook.orca” named folder.

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STEP 3- In the “com.facebook.orca” folder > find ‘cache’ > fb_temp > locate your Facebook messages with backups in the folder.

Start recovering deleted messages on Facebook Messenger from your computer!

Also Read: How To Transfer Facebook Photos & Videos To Google Photos?

METHOD 5- Get Back Permanently Deleted Texts On FB Messenger Via Third-Party App

If the above-mentioned methods were not that helpful, you could take help from a third-party application that offers the easiest yet the fastest way to recover deleted texts in a couple of taps and swipes.

Facebook Messages Recovery Tool – For Android Users

STEP 1- Install Stellar Data Recovery for Android, it’s a dedicated tool designed to recover lost or deleted text messages, contacts, photos, videos and other multimedia data from Android devices.

STEP 2- Connect your Android device to the computer & download the software on your Windows PC.

STEP 3- Now launch the software & let the data recovery tool scan all your lost or deleted messages. It offers a ‘one-click preview’ of messages, photos, videos and documents after the scan soon, which you can go through the data you wish to recover.

STEP 4- Once you are done locating the files you wish to retrieve > export files to save it!

All the files would be saved in PDF file format.

Facebook Messages Recovery Tool – For iPhone Users

iOS users can try using Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone to recover deleted data from their iPhone devices efficiently.

The process to recover deleted Facebook messages on the iPhone is more or less the same as Android.

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Hope these methods were effective enough to help you find and recover deleted Facebook messages on Messenger. Stay Tuned for more ‘How-To’ fixes, tips and tricks on the latest tech!

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40 COMMENTS

  • Tasha Patterson
    Help me get my conversations back on my message Facebook messenger

    1 year ago Reply
    • Mansi Vijay
      Hello Tasha, to recover deleted conversations you can simply go to your General Accounts Settings > click on ‘Download Your Information’ option > on the next page, select what information you would like to download (check Messages option) > click on Create File button > let Facebook gather all your information, once done you’ll be notified in your notification section to download the copy > Click Download option to continue the process. You can also watch this video to understand the whole procedure to recover deleted messages on FB Messenger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJFl8Xi7gqM

      1 year ago Reply
  • Somnath Sarkar
    This is so helpful for me….Thank u.

    11 months ago Reply
    • Mansi Vijay
      Hey Somnath, thanks for the comment. Glad this article helped you!

      11 months ago Reply
  • Parisonline
    is there a way to recover a post in a chat that the sender deleted? So only one post that was deleted from an active chat by the sender?

    10 months ago Reply
    • Mansi Vijay
      Hey, unfortunately there’s no way to recover such posts! However, you can always try the above methods to check what works for you.

      10 months ago Reply
  • Judd
    It doesn’t work for me. Tried every way listed, still didn’t recover what I am looking for

    9 months ago Reply
    • Mansi Vijay
      Hey Judd, This should be kept in mind that, Facebook stores your data for up to 90 days. If your data is older than this duration, the probability of getting that data back is quite thin.

      9 months ago Reply
  • Claudia
    Hi, I’ve tried this method and I’ve seen all my old messages that I’ve deleted but one conversation that I’m actually looking for does not appear. How is that possible?

    9 months ago Reply
    • Mansi Vijay
      Hey Claudia, According to Facebook, it stores your data for up to 90 days. If your data is older than this duration, the probability of getting those data back is quite thin!

      9 months ago Reply
  • Mansi Vijay
    Hey Stephanie, this should be kept in mind that, Facebook stores your data for up to 90 days. If your data is older than this duration, the probability of getting that data back is quite thin.

    9 months ago Reply
  • lourdes magnaye
    hiii. if i follow these methods is the deleted messages still appear on messenger or not?

    7 months ago Reply
    • Mansi Vijay
      Hey Lourdes, we’ve tried to incorporate all the ways through which you can retrieve accidentally deleted messages. However, you have to try applying each method to see which one works for you!

      6 months ago Reply
  • Boo
    i tired all 4 methods T_T still can retrieve the deleted photos

    5 months ago Reply
    • Mansi Vijay
      Hey Boo,

      Thanks for your comment. It’s unfortunate that you were not able to recover your deleted photos. But if your deleted data is older than 90 days. The probability of getting it back is quite thin. Since Facebook doesn’t store the deleted data on their servers for more than 90 days of duration.

      5 months ago Reply
  • Supriya
    Hi by mistake I have deleted few conversation (i mean entire) chat but now for some very urgent reason I need them back so that I can prove myself matter is really serious please tell me can I get back all those deleted msgs ? I just need that no issue with PDF or in messenger or any other form

    5 months ago Reply
    • Mansi Vijay
      Hi Supriya,

      You can watch this quick tutorial to recover accidentally deleted messages on Facebook Messenger. However, please note that Facebook stores your data for up to 90 days. If your data is older than this duration, the probability of getting the chat messages back is quite thin.

      5 months ago Reply
  • WladimirKlitchko
    I have a problem. I got the picture in a messenger chat and deleted it. can i get it back? I tried via FB to send me a download chat for this period and it is not in the photos folder. Is there any way to get that picture back?

    4 months ago Reply
    • Mansi Vijay
      Hi,

      You can try using a third-party tool like Stellar Data Recovery for Android & iPhone. The download links for both the apps are mentioned in the article. Use them & see if it works for you to get the deleted picture back!

      4 months ago Reply
  • Mike
    How long will it take to process a copy of information on facebook to be done?

    I requested a “Download Your Information”.
    Will it take just an hour or more?

    4 months ago Reply
    • Mansi Vijay
      Hi Mike,

      Depending on the amount of data, the download process can take time. Keep patience you’ll be notified on your associated Email Id when it’s done!

      4 months ago Reply
  • Felicity
    Hi there,
    I just recently delete a whole conversation by accident. I wanted to recover it but the thing is when I try to download all the messages from previous convos, but the one that I’m trying to find was not there. How come not all messages appear to be downloaded? And why can’t I get the recently deleted conversation that I want recovered?

    4 months ago Reply
  • Felicity
    Hi there,
    When I downloaded all of my previous conversations on facebook. I can’t find that one conversation that I’m looking for. How can I find and recover the conversation that i recently deleted?

    4 months ago Reply
  • Missy
    Hi I actually accidentally deleted a chat conversation today 10.03.2020
    I tried recover it today itself but unfortunately unable to get the messages I’m looking for
    Any other methods please

    4 months ago Reply
  • Rose
    Hi I actually accidentally deleted a chat conversation today 10.03.2020
    I tried recover it today itself but unfortunately unable to get the messages I’m looking for
    Any other methods please

    4 months ago Reply
  • Chivon
    Hello I need to recover a message from 23feb this year and wondered what recover app is best ? My messages are not in archive files please help. I’m being bullied at work and accused and this will help prove I’m not lying to my boss,

    4 months ago Reply
  • Justin
    Do you have to open iTunes for the third party iPhone method ?

    4 months ago Reply
  • David de Leon
    How long do I usually have to wait in order for my information to be copied? Facebook tells me that a copy of my information is being created but the duration of time which I have to wait is not specified. How long does this process usually take?

    3 months ago Reply
  • Gowtham
    I retrieved only the archieved msgs and not the deleted msgs.. please help

    3 months ago Reply
  • Behealthis
    Following these quick steps, you can easily find and recover deleted messages on Facebook Messenger on Android. Many of these tips include built-in features and using third-party tools for instant results. If you know more such effective ways that helped you recover your deleted messages, then feel free to share in the comments below.

    3 months ago Reply
  • Dafny
    Hello, this is very informative as well as very tedious to do. So I before I do anything I would to confirm first if is possible to retrieve just one specific message? My case is that I delete just one message in the entire chat but I really need that message back. Do you think it would be possible? thank you!

    3 months ago Reply
  • Dafny
    Hello, this is very informative as well as very tedious to do. So I before I do anything I would want to confirm first if is possible to retrieve just one specific message? My case is that I deleted just one message in the entire chat but I really need that message back. Do you think it would be possible? thank you!

    3 months ago Reply
  • Lourdes
    All I want is to back the normal conversation of my group chats which i accidentally deleted all the messages.?

    3 months ago Reply
  • noman
    how can i recover permenantly deleted chats on messenger its been a long time deleted

    3 months ago Reply
  • mansi neha
    was anyone able to retrieve deleted messages of more than years ?

    2 months ago Reply
  • Sachin
    I deleted my Facebook massenger chat can I recover that

    2 months ago Reply
  • Haan
    The second method only shows current messages not deleted texts, I followed all the steps and it only showed currents texts, it only copies current Facebook data. Thank you for wasting my time with this bullshit article

    2 months ago Reply
  • Anonymous
    Hi Mansi Vijay
    I need to speak to you privately.
    Please could you send me your email so
    I can attend to a serious matter regarding deleted messages from messenger.

    2 months ago Reply
  • Pippa
    Doesn’t retrieve deleted messages!! This is only messages that you’ve archived, your best bet is to get into contact with Facebook support and explain your situation to them as any permanently deleted messages are gone from any backups on your accounts but not from Facebook servers.

    1 month ago Reply
  • Aru
    I actually accidentally deleted chat (during lockdown official conversation)from 10.04.2020 to 27/04/2020.
    I tried recover it today itself but unfortunately unable to get the messages I’m looking for
    Any other methods please. Please help me.

    1 month ago Reply

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