Do you need to recover an old message that was sent to you some time ago on Messenger but, once you opened the Facebook screen, you realized that there is no more trace of it? Maybe it's been a long time since you received it or probably deleted it from recent chats, but you could really use it, but unfortunately you don't know how to view it.
If that's the way things are, you'll be happy to know that you have nothing to worry about; you're lucky, because you're in the right place, at a time that couldn't be better: in the following lines, in fact, I'll show you how to retrieve deleted Messenger messages from the recent chat list, accessing, for example, the "hidden" section that contains all stored messages, but also through the use of alternative solutions. Don't worry, you don't need any particular computer knowledge to do this operation: it really is a very simple and affordable procedure; you will see that, by following the instructions I will give you shortly, you will be able to do it, even if you are not very practical with technology.
Having said this, it's time to start: just take a few minutes of free time, sit down comfortably and read carefully the next lines of this tutorial. I'm sure that once you finish this guide you will be perfectly able to get what you are looking for. Having said that, I just wish you a good read and, above all, a good search!
Recover deleted Messenger messages from Android
If you own an Android smartphone and you are wondering how to recover deleted Facebook Messenger messages, as, for example, you are looking for a conversation that has been deleted, archived or if it is a long-standing message that you want to find, you will be happy to know that you can easily do so by following the instructions I am going to give you in the following lines and also choosing one of the methods that I am going to show you below.
The first solution I want to talk about, as well as the simplest one, requires the installation of the Messenger app for Android, which you can download directly from the Play Store.
That said, to proceed, press on the Google virtual store icon, located on the main screen of your device (the symbol ▶ colored). Now type the word Messenger in the search bar at the top, tap on the magnifying glass icon and then on the Messenger app icon (the blue comic book with a lightning bolt). Finally, tap on the green Install button.
Alternatively, if you are reading this guide from your Android device, you can click on this link to quickly start the installation of Messenger from the Play Store by pressing directly on the Install button on the screen that will be shown.
You're done: launch the app and follow the on-screen instructions to set it up. Complete the settings, tap on the search bar at the top, type the name of the contact whose deleted messages you want to retrieve and select the chat you're interested in from the list. Then scroll back through the conversation until you find the oldest messages. Easier than that?!
Alternatively, if you want to retrieve a wrongly archived message, you can access the Messenger message archive from Android using the Google Chrome browser: to do so, however, you need to access the desktop version of the Messenger web platform (it is not possible to access chats using the mobile version of the portal) and, from there, call up the Archive section.
That said, to proceed, start the browser by calling it from your device's app list, then type https://www.messenger.com in the top bar and press the Enter button (you can also tap directly on the link I provided, if you are viewing this guide from your browser on Android). Now, tap on the button (⋮) at the top right and tap on the Desktop Site box to check it.
Once the page reloads, enter your Facebook username and password where required and tap the Login button. Then tap on the ⚙ button located in the upper left corner and select the Chat archived in the new menu proposed, in order to find the conversation of your interest.
If you can't retrieve messages from Messenger with any of the procedures suggested above, you can try to retrieve deleted Messenger messages in your phone by searching the Messenger for Android cache: if you installed the app and then deleted the messages, a copy of them may still be in the app folder. Unfortunately, however, I can't guarantee 100% success, as Messenger doesn't always create a copy of its messages on the device's memory, but it doesn't hurt to try.
For starters, get yourself a file manager to use for the purpose: I personally recommend File Manager +, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Play Store, through which you can easily access the internal memory of your device. Alternatively, you can still use any file manager app.
Once you've downloaded and installed the file manager, launch it from the app list, then click on the Main Storage icon (or Internal Storage) on your device and access the Android folders > data > com.facebook.orca > cache > fb_temp: if you're lucky, you can find the files containing Messenger messages that have been deleted inside.
Retrieve deleted Messenger messages on iPhone
If you have an iPhone or iPad and need to retrieve deleted messages from Messenger, you can access the stored messages section of the chat and get the result you're looking for. Below, I'll show you how to do it using both the Messenger app for iOS and the Safari browser. You'll see, you'll be done in no time.
Start the Messenger app by calling it from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad. If you haven't installed it yet, launch the App Store (the icon with an "A" on a blue background) and press the magnifying glass icon on the bottom right.
Now type the word Messenger in the search field at the top, tap the Search button, tap the Facebook Messenger icon (the blue cartoon with the lightning bolt in the middle), then tap the Get button and, if necessary, authenticate using your Face ID, Touch ID, or Apple ID password to proceed with the installation. If you're reading this guide from your iPhone or iPad, you can quickly open the App Store by pressing this link.
Once the app has started, if necessary, perform the initial configuration by following the on-screen instructions. Once you've reached the main screen, tap the Home icon at the bottom, select the chat you're interested in retrieving messages from (you can help with the search bar at the top to speed things up) and simply scroll back in the conversation to access your stored messages.
If you don't want or can't install the Messenger app on your device or are looking for an alternative way to access your stored messages, you can use the Safari browser, already installed on your device, and use the web version of the Messenger platform.
First, start Safari from the app list on your iPhone or iPad, type https://www.messenger.com in the top bar (or tap directly on the link if you're reading the guide to your device), press the Aa button at the top and then the Request desktop site button shown in the proposed new panel to access the destkop version of Messenger.com.
At this point, to access the archived messages, you just have to follow the same instructions I gave you in the section on Google Chrome for Android browser (then press the button ⚙ in the upper left corner and select Archived Conversations from the new menu).
Retrieve deleted Messenger messages from your PC
Even from PC you can recover deleted messages from Messenger, in case they have been archived. It's a piece of cake to do this - all you need to do is know where to look! You'll find more information in the next few lines of this tutorial.
Retrieve an archived chat
To get started, log in to the main Facebook page (if necessary), then click on the Messenger chat icon at the top right of the page (the one marked with a comic strip with a "lightning bolt" in the middle) and then click on the See All about Messenger item at the bottom of the new box that is shown to you.
Once you have access to the "enlarged" Messenger window, click on the button ⚙ located at the top left, then on the Archived Chat item in the new proposed menu: after this operation, all archived messages are shown in the left panel and "catalogued" for chat. You can go back to the main list of messages again by clicking on the button < collocato in alto a sinistra.
If you don't want to go through Facebook's main page but want to directly access the Messenger's archived messages interface, you can directly visit the dedicated section of Messenger.com by connecting to this website and logging in if required.
Download the chat archive
Alternatively, if you need to download Messenger messages to your PC, you can use the automatic procedure provided by Facebook: in this way, you can get a copy not only of your messages, but of all the data (photos, videos, links, etc.) that you have shared on Facebook, starting from the creation of your account.
To proceed, linked to the main social network page, click on the downward arrow at the top right and select the Settings item from the menu that opens. Next, click on the heading Your information on Facebook and click on the heading View under the heading Download your information.
Then select the data you want to export (e.g. Messages, to export all Facebook Messenger conversations, including archived ones) and then click the Create File button.
Within a few minutes (but time may vary depending on the amount of information stored on Facebook) a link containing a full copy of the data you selected will be sent to the email address you are subscribed to. In this regard, if you cannot open the archive, I suggest you to refer to my tutorial on how to open ZIP files.
Recover Messenger messages permanently deleted
I beg your pardon? You haven't been able to solve your problem with any of the procedures illustrated so far, because you need to recover Messenger messages permanently deleted, so they are no longer even present in the archive of past conversations?
Well, I've got some bad news and some good news: the bad news is that, unfortunately, there is currently no fast and do-it-yourself method to recover permanently deleted chats and messages. The only small hope to get something like that, at the moment, is to use programs or apps to recover deleted data, like the ones I reported you in my tutorial on how to recover deleted files from Android.
The good news, however, is that in some cases it is possible to recover such messages by contacting Facebook support: if you don't know how to do it, I suggest you to read carefully my tutorial on how to contact Facebook, to choose the best procedure for the case. In this regard, if you should opt for direct contact by email, I suggest you to explain your problem using the English language.