Recover Deleted Facebook Messages

Recover Deleted Facebook Messages : Step By Step Tutorial

In Web & Safety by Fathi Arfaoui9 Comments

Facebook users enjoy sending messages, but sometimes, mistakes happen, and they delete their data including images, videos and more. If you’re one of those who wants to recover deleted Facebook messages, then, this tutorial will help. But, keep in mind that we are going to retrieve the messages from your archived data that Facebook stores on their servers.

Update, It looks like Facebook is no longer offering old data backup. So, they only let you create a backup of the actual messages and data. In the past, deleted messages are moved to something like a ''trash folder'', So, you can only get the messages that are in your actual account.

Facebook, as the largest social network, wants to get the most of your data, and they store it and spend millions of dollars to protect it. Do you think all that is just to keep you safe? No, of course, their data is a real arm.

That’s why thousands of organizations try to stop Facebook from using people for their experiments, and even spying. Anyway, let’s retrieve deleted Facebook messages and solve the problem.

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Recovering deleted Facebook messages

To recover old Facebook messages and all the data, in general, the first thing you need, of course, is your Facebook account. So, login and visit the general settings page. You will see that page as the below screenshot. You need to click the “Download a copy of your Facebook data” click on it:

Recover Deleted Facebook Messages

On the next page, you get simple information about your archive content. Facebook stores your images, videos, messages, posts and much more. All you have to do is to click the button saying” Start my Archive”. They will just compress your archive.

Recovering deleted Facebook messages

A small pop-up window will be opened and all you need is to validate the process.

Retrieve old messages in Facebook

Normally, you will ask, how long does it take to download a copy of your Facebook data? Well, that depends on your Facebook account size. But in general, it takes one minute or so. If you have large files stored in your account, and you have lots of posts during years, you need to wait 30 minutes on average.

They will send a confirmation email telling you about the archive instantly, and the other one will be received later. Anyway, Facebook will send you the download link to your email that you’ve used to sign up for your account.

You will receive the Facebook email with the subject “Your Facebook download is ready”, and it contains your download link. If you can’t find the email, check your spam folder in Gmail. It’s named “Junk” in Yahoo or other services.

Please remember the link should be at the bottom of the email. When you click that link, you get the below page and you just need to start the download, and verify your password by entering it again.

see deleted messages in facebook

The downloaded archive file will be in ZIP format. To open that file, you need the right software, or download WinRar if it’s not yet installed. That compressed folder contains all your Facebook data, shared or private information. You can open them by category, and see them in your Browser.

To recover deleted messages on Facebook, or even, the old messages, for example, you need to open the sub-folder named “HTML” as the below example:

open facebook archive

In that folder, you can see, contact info, events, Friends, messages, and all your Facebook archived data. Click “messages” and you will see them in your web browser.

deleted messages

Now, you’ve successfully recovered all your deleted messages in Facebook. That’s good for you when you need to verify something. But remember that that’s not good for those one billion people, who think that they are sharing private information through Facebook. Nothing is safe there, and you need to manage and use your account smartly.

Now, you know how to retrieve deleted Facebook messages. But, remember, the Facebook company has your own data, and you can’t delete them. Simply, because they will store it forever, and that’s why you should never store personal data there.

I hope that this helped, do you have any other way to recover your deleted Facebook messages? Share them in your comments, please.

Fathi Arfaoui: A Physicist, founder and owner of He shares Business, WordPress, Web Safety, and Blogging tips to build better websites and blogs. Thus, you will succeed online with the right marketing strategies and recommendations. Of course, you’ll find much more topics.


  1. According to Facebook, deleted messages are not included in the download as they have been removed from the account.

  2. How long do you keep deleted messages as a record on face book? Does a person have the right to ask you to delete it permanently from Face book ?

    1. Author

      Oh no, they own your data, and they can do what they want with it, that’s the big lie of the so called “online privacy” that doesn’t exist.

  3. I want to know I deleted all my messages on FB and my husband is trying to download a copy…If he download does it gives my deleted massages. These massages are my past and if he takes copy my life will destroy. can you help me

    1. Author

      The new FB archiving method allows your husband to download your actual messages only, but never the deleted ones. No-one can see your deleted messages as they are really deleted.

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