How to Delete Your Facebook Message History

Find and delete old conversations

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 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.

  1. Select the Messenger icon from the upper-right corner of the screen.

    Facebook Messenger icon
  2. Select See All in Messenger at the bottom of the Messenger window.

    Facebook Messenger See All in Messenger
  3. 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.

    Facebook Messenger select conversation
  4. 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.

    Facebook Messenger more button
  5. Select Remove to delete the entry.

    Facebook Messenger remove conversation
  6. Confirm the deletion when prompted to do so.

    Facebook Messenger confirm remove conversation

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.

  1. Select the Messenger icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

    Facebook Messenger
  2. Select See All in Messenger at the bottom of the Messenger window that opens.

    Facebook Messenger See All in Messenger
  3. 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.

    Facebook Messenger conversation
  4. Hover the cursor over the conversation you would like to delete and select the three-dot icon (the More menu) that appears.

    Facebook Messenger More icon
  5. Select Delete in the menu that opens.

    Facebook Messenger delete conversation
  6. Confirm the deletion, and the entire conversation disappears.

    Facebook Messenger confirm deletion

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:

  1. Select the down arrow in the upper-right corner of the Facebook browser window.

    Facebook down arrow
  2. Select Settings & Privacy from the drop-down menu, then select Settings.

    Facebook Settings & Privacy
  3. From the Settings pane on the left, select Your Facebook Information.

    Facebook Your Facebook Information
  4. Select Download Your Information.

    Facebook Download Your Information
  5. 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.

    Facebook Create File