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  • How to delete a Facebook message and unarchive archived message?

    Posted on March 15th, 2012 6 comments

    One of our readers had asked how one can delete a Facebook message.

    Q. I had sent a hate message in Facebook to a girl last year. When I tried deleting it, I can only found "Archive" option and clicked on it. Now, I wonder if the message is deleted or not. Is "archive" same as "delete" in Facebook? (S.S.)

    A. No, archiving a message doesn’t delete it. It is saved and you can always get it back. You can archive a message easily but it is not same as deleting and archived message is always there in your profile. Let me first talk about how to archiving and unarchive a message.

    Archiving Facebook Message

    In the message-list window you can see a ‘x’ at the end of each message. If you click on it, the message is removed from the message-list. But, it is not deleted, so you can get it back if you like. To ‘unarchive’ the archived message click on eyeglass icon beside "Search Message". As shown in figure below:


    When you click on the icon, it expands to show you a menu as shown in figure below. Click on "Archived Message" to see all the messages you had archived before. You can read them or unarchive to bring back to the message-list.


    Deleting Facebook message

    To delete a message, open an individual message by clicking on one of the message shown (shown in first figure above). The click on "Actions" button beside "Search This Conversation" box as shown in the figure below. Click on "Delete Messages…"


    If you have more than one messages in the list, Facebook asks if you want to "Delete All" or "Delete Selected". Choose the appropriate options and you have deleted the message.



    As, deleting removes message permanently, Facebook asks to confirm the final deletion:


    I hope this tutorial is helpful for S.S. and other visitors of this blog.

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6 responses to “How to delete a Facebook message and unarchive archived message?” RSS icon

  • My question is… if i do delete the messages, can the other person still read them?? Or it gets deleted from their inbox too?

  • How can I delete all my archives messages.thanks

  • if i delete messages on facebook can i get them back
    plz, i need your help
    Thank you

  • dilorom.saydalieva

    I don’t want to see my all massages in my Facebook inbox I want to delete them all of them but I cant delete them in my computer can you help me please?

  • am i able to access my archived messages if i’ve deleted the messages in that folder? i accidently deleted a very important message in that folder.

  • By chance one of my friend is archive…then i unarchive..but did not send msg my friend

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