Social Media Facebook How to Delete Your Facebook Message History Find and delete old conversations by Brandon De Hoyos Writer Brandon de Hoyos is former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a self-described IM veteran who covers the latest in messaging trends and videography. our editorial process LinkedIn Brandon De Hoyos Updated on September 11, 2020 Facebook Facebook Flipboard Pinterest Twitter Snapchat Instagram YouTube Online Dating Tweet Share Email In Facebook Messenger, you can delete individual Facebook messages from your history, or you can delete an entire conversation with another Facebook user. When you delete a message or an entire conversation from your Facebook Messenger history, this doesn't delete the conversation from the histories of other users who were part of the conversation and received messages that you deleted. After you send a message, you cannot delete it from the recipient's Messenger. How to Find Your Facebook Messenger History How to Delete an Individual Message You can delete single messages in any conversation, whether you sent the message yourself or received a message from someone else. Select the Messenger icon from the upper-right corner of the screen. Select See All in Messenger at the bottom of the Messenger window. Select a conversation from the panel on the left. The conversations are listed in chronological order with the most recent conversation at the top. If you don't see the conversation you want, use the search field at the top of the Messenger panel to locate it. In the message window, hover the cursor over the individual message you want to delete and select the three-dot icon (the More menu) that appears. Select Remove to delete the entry. Confirm the deletion when prompted to do so. How to Delete an Entire Messenger Conversation If you no longer plan to communicate with a person or want to clean up your Messenger list, it's faster to delete the entire conversation than to go through one post at a time. Select the Messenger icon in the upper-right corner of the screen. Select See All in Messenger at the bottom of the Messenger window that opens. Locate the conversation you would like to delete from the panel on the left. Conversations are listed in chronological order with the most recent conversation at the top. If you don't see the conversation you want, use the search field at the top of the Messenger panel to locate it. Hover the cursor over the conversation you would like to delete and select the three-dot icon (the More menu) that appears. Select Delete in the menu that opens. Confirm the deletion, and the entire conversation disappears. Download Facebook Messages and Data Facebook offers a way to download your Facebook messages, along with your Facebook data, including pictures and posts, as an archive. To download your Facebook data: Select the down arrow in the upper-right corner of the Facebook browser window. Select Settings & Privacy from the drop-down menu, then select Settings. From the Settings pane on the left, select Your Facebook Information. Select Download Your Information. In the page that appears, select what type of data or information to include in the download. You can also select a date range, file format, and media quality. After you make your selections, select Create File to download the data to your device.