How to Recover Deleted Messages on Messenger | Recover Deleted Messages on Facebook (2023)

Recovering deleted messages from Facebook Messenger can be challenging because once a message is deleted, it is generally no longer accessible. However, there are a few options you can try

Admin in Android 11 months ago · 8 min read
 How to Recover Deleted Messages on Messenger

Recovering deleted messages from Facebook Messenger can be challenging because once a message is deleted, it is generally no longer accessible. A user has a lot of messages, chats, and conversations with his/her friends, family, and co-workers, sometimes the messages/chats will be deleted mistakenly. since we have some important messages included there that are gone forever, it's a very low chance to recover that back, but still, Facebook provides a feature or option to download the backup of our Facebook Data, I am going to show how you can use the Download Backup Facebook option to recover your deleted messages back,   which is explained below:

Request a copy of your Facebook data

Facebook allows you to download a copy of your data, including your messages, photos, and other information. To do this, go to your Facebook account settings and click on "Your Facebook Information." Then select "Download Your Information" and follow the instructions. Once the download is complete, you can check if your deleted messages are included in the downloaded data.

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  1. Facebook provides an option for users to download a copy of their data, including messages, photos, posts, and more.
  2. Start by accessing your Facebook account settings. You can usually find this by clicking on the down arrow in the top-right corner of the Facebook website or by tapping the three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner of the Facebook app.
  3. From the account settings menu, look for an option called "Your Facebook Information" or something similar.
  4. Click on "Your Facebook Information" and select "Download Your Information" or a similar option.
  5. On the download page, you can customize the data you want to include in the download. To retrieve deleted messages, make sure the "Messages" option is selected.
  6. You can also specify the date range, media formats, and other preferences.
  7. Once you have configured the settings, click on the "Create File" or similar button to initiate the download request.
  8. Facebook will then prepare your data file, which may take some time depending on the amount of information you have on your account.
  9. You will receive a notification or an email when the file is ready for download.
  10. Download the file and extract its contents. Inside, you should find a folder containing various files, including a folder named "messages."
  11. Open the "messages" folder to access your conversations, including both existing and deleted messages. Look for the relevant conversation to see if the deleted messages are included.


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Step 1 - Facebook Setting

First, you need to go to your Facebook settings and search for Access Your Information && under that setting, you will find the Download Your Information Option just click and open it. if you are using Facebook Lite this feature will not be available there so you need to use the web version of Facebook or use the Facebook App (Main Version) as I have shown below in the screenshot is from Facebook Apk in Android.

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Step 2 - Request Facebook to download only the Messages

After you open the download your information you will see this type of option you have to only select the checkbox of the messages and just scroll below and click on Create Button. You can see the REQUEST COPY Tab is selected right now you just do it exactly and first every option is selected by default you need to click on deselect all at the right below the Available Copies tab and select only the Messages option/checkbox for messages only backup,  if you select or check all the options it will take longer time according to your Facebook maturity or activities performed by you, so I am only selecting messages option to recover messages only from the Facebook.

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Step 3 - Download Pending

You will be able to download data when it's ready. you will see this after you click on Create button. it will take some hours or days according to your Facebook data in order to complete. You can see in below screenshot I have just submitted the request for a backup of my messages on 10 Apr 2023. in your case, you will see the date of submission when you have submitted it. Currently, you can see the active tab is AVAILABLE COPIES, The status is Pending now, wait for some hours to get the response from Facebook about the backup completion, you will receive a notification in your notification panel, you can find the notification from the notification panel.  

You need to wait for some hours or days, it may vary to the size of your data in Facebook. you will be able to download it after the request is completed.

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Step 4 - Data Copy Request Completed - Download Data

You will be able to download data when it's ready. just need to click on Available Tab and click on Download to download your copy of the zip file which contains messages backup & history. it will redirect you to the browser if you are not logged into the browser you have to log in there and use the same account which you use to request the Facebook data from your Facebook app. Hence after the login is done you can easily download the zip of your Facebook data, in this case, the download is automatic if you are logged into the browser with the same account already.

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Step 5 - Download Data & Extract & View Individual Messages

After the requested copy of data is completed by Facebook you can download the file and unzip it into your Android/ios device and open the folder & open inbox & check the individual messages from the folder as shown in the steps below screenshots.

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From the above screenshot I want to clear you that after the Facebook data is downloaded you will see this type of icon with your facebook-username.zip file in your downloads directory, you need to just click that zip file and uncompress/decompress/extract it, if you are not able to extract it just use the ZipArchiver apk in play store to extract, you need to install it and open from the zip archiver.


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The above ss showed that after the extraction of the zip is completed you can see this type of folders and files in your file manager, where you need to open the inbox folder and find the individual messages to view the backup of the messages that you are looking for, Just open the inbox and you will find the folders with messages with each conversation that you have in Facebook.


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The above screenshot shows the individual folders containing each conversation from your Facebook, you just open the folder that has a username in it and conversation id, open the folder, and view the results as above.


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The above ss is the file inside the individual messages or conversation folder, you just need to click on the messages_1.html file and choose any method to open the file in the browser, if it asks you to choose the browser you can use Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc to view the HTML file, here I am using Chrome to view the html file.


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The above picture shows the messages and conversations with the user name Amal Yadav. you can clearly see the messages and chats that are sent and received by this user, the act is really simple. here you can see these messages after the download is successful from Facebook by rendering individual messages.html files in your browser without any application or HTML Viewers.


Wrapping Up

So this was our quick read on how to recover deleted messages on Facebook or Messenger.


It's important to note that the availability of deleted messages in the downloaded data is not guaranteed, as Facebook's data retention policies may affect what is included. Nonetheless, requesting a copy of your Facebook data is worth a try if you're looking to recover deleted messages from Messenger.


Note: The above step will not if you are trying to recover unsent messages, but its possible to view unsent messages as well please read our next post for that if you want that too.

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