How to recover a Facebook Messenger conversation

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If you are a Messenger user, you may have come across this unpleasant situation on more than one occasion: there are one or more messages that have been deleted, but for whatever reason you would like or urgently need to rescue them. That is what we are going to talk about in this post: about how recover messenger conversation, the Facebook messaging app.

Messenger is an instant messaging application that is very popular all over the world. Thanks to its practical functions, among other things. With it, and through the smartphone, it is really easy to exchange messages and other content. Among these numerous options is also the Delete messages, to which many users resort in order to free up space or, simply, to delete content that they consider unnecessary.

Yes, sometimes we are too quick to hit the delete button. We rush in without thinking about the consequences and then regret missing a message or conversation that we suddenly discovered was important. What solutions are there in this type of situation? Let's see what can be done to recover a conversation in Messenger that we have previously deleted.

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There are several methods of recovering deleted messages on Facebook Messenger, it's true. However, it is also important to know that in many cases it will be impossible. If, in addition to deleting them from the application, we have confirmed on the platform that we want to permanently delete them, they will be lost forever.

It is usually recommended not to delete content from the messaging tray that we are not completely sure that we are going to need in the future. As it is many times it is difficult to know, the most prudent thing is not to do it and simply archive messages and conversations (not delete them). Thus, they will disappear from the main screen, but they will be saved in the application.

If we have taken these precautions, the recovery process is possible. Let's see how to do it:

Recover Messenger conversation step by step

We propose four methods to recover deleted messages and conversations from Facebook Messenger. Depending on your specific case, you can try one or the other:

Through Facebook Messenger on PC

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The first method that we present consists of recovering the messages from the computer using our usual internet browser. This is how we should proceed:

  1. To begin with we access Facebook from our usual internet browser.
  2. After we open messenger by clicking on the icon, which is located in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. There, we go to the option "See all messages." 
  4. on the icon Settings, which is located in the upper left corner of the screen, we select the option "Archived Conversations".
  5. Next, all the conversations that are not visible in the main list of chats will be shown. We choose the one we want to recover.
  6. To finish, it is enough with Send a message so that this conversation is automatically reincorporated into the list of regular conversations on our Facebook Messenger.

From the Android App

To recover deleted Messenger conversations using the official Android App, here's what to do:

  1. First open the Messenger or Messenger Lite application on our mobile (it is an independent app that is not integrated into the Facebook app)
  2. In the search engine that appears, we write the user's name from which we wish to recover the conversation.
  3. In the displayed list, you have to access the archived conversation.
  4. To reactivate it (recover it), you just have to send a new message, after which the chat will return to the list of active Messenger conversations.

Using Android File Explorer

File Explorer EX – File Manager 2020 is the name of the Android File Explorer, a free app that we can easily download from Google Play. It is a very interesting application, because it can also be used with Telegram y WhatsApp. How is it used to recover conversations? As follows:

  1. We download the app File Explorer EX – File Manager 2020 from Google Play and install it on our device.
  2. In the settings, let's Bonded warehouse or directly to the Micro SD card.
  3. Select the option Android and, within it, press the option Data.
  4. Next, a folder will open where all the files stored on the device are located. The one we should select is the following: com.facebook.orca
    After this, we go to the folder Cache and, within it, to the option n fb_temp.

Once these actions are completed, the deleted conversations will be automatically recovered.

via backup

Lastly, we will explore another effective method to recover a deleted Messenger conversation. It can be done both from a computer and from a mobile phone. Yes indeed, for it to work previously we will have to have enabled backup copies, in order to generate system files, with these simple steps:

  1. We access the page Facebook official website from our internet browser on the PC
  2. Then we press the facebook icon located in the upper right corner of the screen to go to the setting.
  3. There you have to click on “Download a copy of your information” and then in "Create my file".

If we have had the prudence to have done this at some point before deleting the conversations, the way to recover them will be relatively simple:

  1. First of all, we must go to Google Play and download the free app File Manager – ES Applications File Explorer, to install it on our computer.
  2. Then we open the app and go to Bonded warehouse o MicroSD card, successively opening the folders "Android" y "Data".
  3. There we have to look for the folder com.facebook.orca and open it.
  4. The last step is to open the folder "Hidden" and in it select fb_temp, the folder where Facebook Messenger backups are saved.

Obviously, this recovery method will be totally useless if we haven't taken the precaution of enabling backups first. So, it is advisable to anticipate problems and do it now better than later. You may not consider it too important at the moment, but it may come in handy one day.


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