Recover Permanently Deleted Messages on Facebook

Permanently deleted messages on Facebook can be recovered. If you’ve deleted some chats on Facebook you can recover them using different methods.

Often messages or chats aren’t deleted but are stored in the archived section. Therefore you can try to get into the archived section of Messenger and then unarchive the hidden chats from there.

To recover permanently deleted Facebook messages, you can just unarchive the chats from the archived section. Also, you can check the messages from the email notifications that Facebook sends you, every time anyone messages you on Facebook. But for that, you’ve to enable the email notifications in the first place.

You can also download your Facebook information from the Settings and Privacy section to get a copy of all your Facebook activities and information from where you can restore your deleted messages.

Even alternative techniques like using the other person’s device to check the previous chats that you’ve deleted can also be possible. You can even try and use the Stellar Data Recovery Tool to restore your messages on Messenger.

In this article, you’ll be able to know about the effective methods that you can use to restore your permanently deleted messages on Facebook.

1. Recover from Archived Chat options

An effective method to recover missing Facebook chats is to recover the messages from the archived chat section. The chats that you’ve archived instead of deleting can be recovered.

The steps below will let you know how to find the Archived chats section to unarchive the missing chats:

Step 1: Log in to your Facebook account using your phone.

Step 2: On the top right section of the screen, click on the Messenger icon.

Step 3: Immediately you’ll be directed to the Messenger application. Make sure that you’re logged into messenger. 

Messenger icon log in

Step 4: On the top left section of the application, it will show your profile picture. You’ve to click on it to proceed.

Messaenger archived option

Step 5: Next, you’ll have to click on the Archived chats option.

messaenger archived option

Step 6: Now you’ll be taken to the section where all the chats that you’ve archived earlier are displayed. Scroll down to get your desired chat.

Step 7: You can tap and hold that chat for two seconds. Your screen will prompt you with a few options.

Step 8: Click on the first option Unarchive to bring the chat to the main inbox and it’s restored.  

messsanger unarchived

To get the chat unarchived or get back the chat to the main inbox, you can directly send a new message to that person. It will automatically unarchive the chat and you’ll be able to recover it.

2. Check from Emails

If you’ve enabled your email notification from chats you’ll be able to receive mail notifications for the incoming messages on Facebook when you’re offline. Therefore if the message notifications are sent to your registered email, you’ll be able to check your emails to view replies from the sender.

If you can’t find a chat on Facebook as it has got deleted somehow, you can also check your email to view the reply from the sender.

Facebook provides the option to get email notifications of messages on your registered email address when you receive any from your Facebook friend. The email will show you the replies or the messages of the sender, therefore even if you can’t find the chat, you’ll be able to see a few replies on the mailbox to view the messages he or she has sent you.

facebook email notification

However, you’ll only receive email notifications if you’ve enabled the notifications to be sent via email in the first place from the Settings and Privacy section. Even if you’ve enabled the email notification but have turned off the notification from a particular chat, you won’t receive any email notification for that chat.

A notification email doesn’t show you the entire chat but just the replies of the sender. Therefore you’ll be able to check the messages sent by the sender even though you’ve deleted the conversation.

3. Download your Facebook Information

Here’s another effective technique to get back all your deleted messages. For that, you’ve to download a copy of your Facebook information.

After deleting any messages or chats, they are stored in the settings. Therefore by downloading a copy of your Facebook information you can restore your deleted messages.

To do that, you’ve to act according to the following steps that will help you to download a copy of your information to extract the messages from it.

Step 1: For the first step, log in to your Facebook account and then head on to click the Settings & Privacy option.

Facebook  privacy settings

Step 2: Next under the General Account Settings, click on the Your Facebook Information option.

General Account Settings

Step 3: Then on the right section of the screen, click on the Download your information option to proceed.

Download Your Information

Step 4: It will further redirect you to the next page, where you’ll be able to download all your account information and activities.

Step 5: You can click on Deselect All and then checkmark the option Messages to select and optimize the data you want to download.

Facebook Deselect All
Facebook Messages

Step 6: Next, you need to click on the blue Create File button. (You may not see the option, so switch to mobile for downloading the data).

Facebook Create file

Step 7: As it starts to download, a popup notification will inform you about the same. After the completion of downloading the data, Facebook will notify you.

Facebook download file

Step 8: Check your registered email address for a mail from Facebook, which would contain a link attached to it.

Step 9: Click on the link. It will redirect you to the Facebook download page, where you need to enter your Facebook password.

Step 10: You’ll be able to see the file there. Click on the Download option next to it.

Step 11: Next, Unzip the folder and then look for the ‘Index file‘ to extract the deleted messages.

Step 12: Choose and click on the option Messages to see all your deleted messages.

4. Alternative Methods

You can proceed and contact the person whose chats you’ve deleted and then you can use his or her device to check the chats that you’ve deleted considering the other person has not deleted the chat.

This is an easier option where you don’t have to go through any techniques but simply ask the other user whose chat you’ve deleted permanently to let you check the previously deleted messages from his or her device and then import the whole chatbox.

Stellar data recovery tool

You can use a third-party application like Stellar data recovery tool to recover and restore the deleted messages of Messenger applications.

Here are the steps to use the Stellar data recovery tool software to recover your data:

Step 1: Download and open the software on your computer. Connect your Android to your computer. Now let the software scan your device for all the lost data.

Step 2: After scanning, the screen will display with it the categories of scanned files. It offers a one-click preview of all the scanned data.

Go through the results to preview the data you would like to restore. Next, you’ve to export the files to save them. The files would be saved in PDF format and from there you’ll be able to see all your deleted messages.

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The Bottom Lines:

This article sums up all the possible methods to get back your permanently deleted messages. Methods like recovering messages from the archived sections, downloading a copy of Facebook information, and checking the replies from the email notifications are some of the helpful and effective techniques to recover deleted messages.

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