How to Find Archived Messages on Facebook

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Do you want to consult your archived messages and perhaps unarchive one or more of these conversations? If so, Facebook makes it easy to find and unarchive your chats on your desktop and mobile. We’ll show you how to do that.

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View your archived Facebook messages on desktop

If you are using a Windows, Mac, Linux or Chromebook computer, use the official Facebook website to access all your archived messages.

Start by launching a web browser on your computer and opening Facebook. Log in to your account on the site if you haven’t already.

After logging in, in the upper right corner of Facebook, click on the “Messenger” icon.

At the bottom of your message list, click “See all in Messenger.”

Choose "View all in Messenger" basically.

Next to the “Chats” header at the top, click the three dots.

Select the three dots next to "Cats."

From the three-dot menu, select “Archived Chats”.

Choose "Archived chats" in the menu.

In the left pane, under “Archived chats”, you will find all your archived messages. You can open a conversation’s full view by selecting a conversation in the sidebar.

View archived Facebook chats on desktop.

If you want to unarchive a chat, send a new message in that chat. Facebook will then pull it out of the unarchived section and put it next to your regular chats.

And that’s how you find the chats that aren’t part of your daily conversations!

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View your archived messages in Facebook Messenger on mobile

If you want to view your archived chats from your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, use Facebook’s Messenger app.

Start by launching Facebook Messenger on your phone. In the top left corner of the app, tap your profile icon.

On the “Me” page, scroll down and tap on “Archived Chats”.

Choose "Archived chats" from the menu.

You will see an “Archived Chats” page listing all of your archived chats. Tap a chat to open it.

View archived Facebook chats on mobile.

To unarchive a conversation, tap it and send a new message to it.

And that’s all there is to reviewing your archived messages on Facebook.

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