Ways to Retrieve Deleted Messages on Facebook Messenger Easily

Sometimes it is very important to pick up something from a Facebook conversation. But it turns out that you have deleted messages on Messenger. Well, it could be really annoying sometimes. However, there are some workarounds by which you can restore deleted messages on Messenger. 

In this article, you will see all the possible methods to recover deleted messages on Messenger.

Restore Deleted Messages on Messenger 

There may be different ways to recover deleted messages depending on the device you are using, stored files on the device, how old messages you are trying to recover, and some other factors we will discuss.

Note:- If the messages are permanently deleted from the Facebook server, and there is no archive, backup, and associated data available, then it is not possible to get back deleted messages.

Method 1: Restore Deleted Messages via Android Phone

It is quite easy to recover deleted messages on Messenger if you have archived your messages. But first, let’s understand how to archive messages on the Facebook Messenger app. If you have archived the messages before deleting then it is possible to get them back.

Step 1: Open the Messenger app on your Android smartphone. 

Step 2: Press and hold the conversation that you wish to archive. 

Step 3: Tap on the icon with three horizontal lines. 

facebook app menu

Step 4: Now select the ‘Archive’ option. 

archive message on facebook

That’s it; Messenger will now put the conversation in the archive. I suggest that instead of deleting messages, you should always put them in the archive. That way, you can easily restore the conversation. 

Now that you have understood how to archive messages, here is how you can restore them from the archives:

Step 1: Open your Messenger app. 

Step 2: In the search bar, enter the name of the archived conversation thread that you want to restore. 

Step 3: Now tap on the chat you wish to unarchive, and you will see your messages. The easiest way to unarchive it is by simile sending a message. 

For Facebook Website Version

Step 1: Log in to your Facebook account. 

Step 2: Go to the ‘Messages’ section.

Step 3: Tap/Click on ‘More’.

Step 4: Navigate and click on the ‘Archived’ option.

Here you will find all your archived messages. You can easily restore your deleted messages on Messenger. 

Method 2: Recover Deleted Messages via Facebook Settings

For this method to work, it is important that you archive your messages instead of deleting them.  

Step 1: Log in to your Facebook account on your computer. 

Step 2: Go to ‘Settings’ and tap on ‘General Account Settings.’

Step 3: On the left panel, click on ‘Your Facebook Information.’ 

Facebook download your information

Step 4: On the right panel, you will see the option to ‘Download your information’; click on it. 

Step 5: Now select ‘Messages’ and click on the ‘Create file’ option.

Now let the process complete. After that, you will see a notification telling you that you can download the file. 

Step 6: All you have to do is click on the ‘Download’ button next to the file. 

Facebook will prompt you to enter the password for security reasons. Then you will see the option to save the file on your desktop. 

Now you can easily access all the chats and other files to restore whatever you have deleted. 

Method 3: Using File Explorer on Android Smartphone

Facebook stores a copy of your data on the local storage of your smartphone. That means you can access the chats using the file explorer. Here is how:

Step 1: Open the File Explorer on your smartphone. In my case, I am using Files by Google. 

Step 2: Now go to your device’s internal storage or SD card(if you use one). 

android storage

Step 3: Tap on the folder named ‘Android’.

open android folder

Step 4: Go to the ‘data’ folder. 

android data folder

Step 5: Tap on the folder named “com.facebook.orca”. 

recover deleted messages

Step 6: Open the ‘cache’ folder. 

facebook cache

Step 7: Now tap on ‘fb_temp’. 

There is a good probability that Facebook has stored your messages here. So this is your best chance of recovering them. 

Method 4: By Connecting your Smartphone to a PC

Step 1: Connect your Android smartphone to your computer via a USB cable. Make sure to enable ‘File Transfer.’

Enabling File Transfer Protocol

Step 2: Now go to your device’s internal storage or SD card(if you use one). 

Step 3: Click on the folder named ‘Android’.

Step 4: Go to the ‘data’ folder. 

Step 5: Click on the folder named “com.facebook.orca”. 

Step 6: Open the ‘cache’ folder. 

Facebook's Cache folder on Desktop

Step 7: Now click on ‘fb_temp’.

That’s it; now you have to locate the backups of your deleted messages. 

Method 5: Using a Third-Party Software

If none of the above methods seem to be working for you, perhaps it is best to use third-party recovery software.  

Most of these software works with advanced algorithms, and they work very smoothly. Using recovery software, you can save a lot of time and effort. Third-party recovery software can easily recover most of your deleted files and messages  

You can use any good third-party recovery software as per your like and preferences. It can help you restore deleted messages on Messenger. 


This is how you can restore deleted messages on Messenger. The above-mentioned methods will work flawlessly if you have messages in the archive. The important thing to note here is that one should always archive conversations instead of directly deleting them. Recovering it from the Facebook server is not possible because it is not in your hands.

In case you find any difficulty in either of the steps or methods, feel free to reach out to us. We would love to help you. 

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