Recovering permanently deleted Facebook messages is not that difficult. There are many ways to restore lost FB chats. You can retrieve deleted Facebook & messenger texts through FB mobile app or website.
Download Your Facebook Messages From FB Website:
Facebook provides an option to download all of your Facebook information from the website. Using this feature you can download saved items, posts, pages, polls, and stories, and most important of all you can download FB messages. Follow these steps to recover lost FB messages using the Facebook website-
Step 1: Log in to your Facebook account & go To settings & privacy.
Step 2: Go to settings now.
Step 3: After clicking on settings you will see a complete setting page in front of you.
Step 4: Now on the hand side you will see an option “Your Facebook Information“.
Click on the Facebook information option.
Step 5: After this, a new page will open and you will see an option “Download Your Information”
Click on “view” and a new page will open showing all of your information available on Facebook.
Step 6: After clicking on “view” the following page will appear-
Step 7: Here all the options are auto-selected, unselect all the options that you don’t need. And keep the “messages” option selected. You can do this by unchecking each option one by one or clicking on the “Deselect All” option and then selecting the “messages” option.
Step 8: After this, you need to select the date range from above.
Step 9: After selecting the date range you need to go to the bottom of the page where you will find an option to “request a download”
Step 10: Now check the notification icon on the Facebook website. Here you will see a notification of “Your Facebook information file is ready to download”. Click on this and it will take you to a different page where your information is ready to download.
Step 11: Now you have to click on the download button and input your password in to download your information in a zip file.
Now all the Facebook messages are downloaded in a zip folder. Now unzip the file and you will see all of your Facebook messages are recovered.
This is the easiest method to recover deleted Facebook & Messenger messages on a PC. If you are still unable to restore your FB & Messenger messages then you can try using the other methods below.
Unarchive Your Facebook Messages To Recover Them
This feature is available on PC FB Messenger and Android versions of the Messenger app. Here I am going to describe the steps for the PC version but this method is almost the same for the mobile version.
Follow these steps to recover archived FB messages from Facebook Messenger-
Step 1: Click on the messenger icon on your PC.
Now you will see Facebook Messenger on your PC.
Note: If the Messenger doesn’t open after clicking on this icon then click on this icon and then click “see all in messenger” now the FB Messenger windows will be opened.
Step 2: Now at the left side panel you will see a section of chats. Here you will find 3 horizontal dots. You need to click on them.
Step 3: Now click on “Archived Chats”
Step 4: Here select the contact for which you want to restore the deleted FB Messenger messages.
This way you should be able to recover your archived FB messenger messages using the PC or Messenger app.
Recover Deleted Facebook Messenger Messages Using your Android Phone
You might not know but your phone stores information about all your Android apps. Here this could prove a good thing for you.
Step 1: Go to file manager and type “Android” in the search.
Step 2: After this, you will see a folder named “Android”
Step 3: Now you will see a folder named “data” click on this folder.
Step 4: Here search for the cache folder.
Step 5: Now find the fb_temp file in this folder.
Here you will be able to recover your lost Facebook Messenger messages using your Android phone.
Recover Permanently Deleted Facebook Text Using Your PC:
You can retrieve your Permanently deleted Facebook messages with the help of your PC.
Follow these steps to restore your lost FB texts-
Step 1: Connect your mobile to your PC with a USB.
Step 2: Now select the media transfer option from your mobile settings or from the notification bar on your Mobile.
Now you can access all of your mobile data on your PC.
Step 3: Now go to “SD Card” and head to the “Android” folder.
Step 4: After this, you can need to go to the “data” folder
Step 5: Now go to “com.facebook.orca”.
Step 6: After this go to ‘cache’ and find fb_temp.
Here you will be able to find your Facebook messages as a backup. Hence, your deleted FB messages will be recovered easily on your PC.
These are the easiest methods to find and recover permanently deleted Facebook & Messenger messages using your PC and Android Mobile.
If you have any other way to restore your lost FB chats then you can mention them in the comment section.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I recover permanently deleted Facebook chats from Messenger on an Android phone?
Answer: Yes you can recover FB messenger chats on an Android phone using one of the methods above.
Can I restore Facebook Texts on my PC?
Answer: You can retrieve your lost FB text by downloading your data.
Can I Recover Archived Messages?
Answer: When you archive a message it is not deleted. It is actually hidden. You can easily unarchive those Facebook Chats using one of the methods described above.
Where to find downloaded Facebook Data?
Answer: When you download all of your Facebook data a notification will appear on the bell icon. Click on the notification and it will take you to the download page.
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