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 an important Facebook Conversation could be quite annoying, actually no it’s awful. Those messages could literally 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!

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

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

METHOD 1- Find and Recover Deleted Chats Via Unarchiving Messages

They once said, “Matter Can Neither Be Created Nor Destroyed”, the same statement is applied to Facebook Messenger as well! Because there might be a probability that you haven’t actually deleted a message but might just have 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 chances are that you haven’t really 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!

recover facebook messages through archives

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 4- 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.

search in facebook archived threads

Note: It should be kept in mind that Facebook stores all your deleted data for up to 90 days. If your data is 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.

METHOD 2- Find and Retrieve Deleted Facebook Messages on PC

Thankfully, Facebook realizes the fact that anyone can delete files accidentally So, they’ve devised a direct way for users to restore deleted messages from settings. To start recovering messages:

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.

Retrieve Deleted Facebook Messages

STEP 3- Now, you will be redirected to the next page where you can download each and 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.

Retrieve Deleted Facebook chats

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.

your file is being processed

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

download your information from Facebook

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.

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 your messages are saved by FB Messenger right in the folder.

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

If you are unable to find your deleted Facebook messages using Method 3. You can try another way by accessing your smartphone memory from PC.

STEP 1- Attach your phone into 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.

recover deleted messages via PC

STEP 3- In “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!

METHOD 5- Recover Permanently Deleted Messages On Facebook Messenger Via Third-Party App

If the above-mentioned method was 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 soo, that 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.

That’s All!

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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29 COMMENTS

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

    10 months 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

      10 months ago Reply
  • Somnath Sarkar
    This is so helpful for me….Thank u.

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

      8 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?

    7 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.

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

    6 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.

      6 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?

    6 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!

      6 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.

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

    4 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!

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

    2 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.

      2 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

    2 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.

      2 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?

    1 month 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!

      1 month 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?

    1 month 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!

      1 month 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?

    1 month 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?

    1 month 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

    3 weeks 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

    3 weeks 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,

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

    2 weeks 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?

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

    6 days ago Reply

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