How to Recover Deleted Facebook Messages on iPhone

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As one of the most popular and influential social networks, Facebook is playing an important role in our daily life for communication. We use Facebook to post our status, to like, comment and share others' post, and more importantly, to send messages to friends and business partners. With the development of smartphone, more and more people use Facebook on iPhone or iPad. It's more convenient, but sometimes it also brings some trouble. Some people might mistakenly delete Facebook messages on their iOS devices. It can be a disaster because there is no recovery option in Facebook. But don't be depressed. Here we will share 3 solutions to recover deleted Facebook messages on iPhone.

Part 1. Recover Archived Messages On Facebook Messenger

There are two options that lead to the disappearance of messages: Delete and Archive. Some people have the good habit of archiving the important messages in case of accidental information lost. That's really great. Below are the steps to archive your Facebook messages:

  1. Open the Facebook Messenger application, and tap "Messages".

  2. Locate the message or conversation you want to archive.

  3. Tap "Archive", and the message or conversation will be removed to the Archived folder from your messages list.

After you archived your Facebook messages, you can easily find and recover those messages any time you want in your account. It's also very simple to be finished by following steps:

  1. Still in "Message" tab, click "More", and select "Archived".

  2. Search for the name of the contact that you had a conversation with, and click the name to open the Actions tab.

  3. Select "Unarchive", and the messages will be in your Messenger list again!

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This method only works when you have archived the messages. If you choose another option – Delete, the messages will be permanently removed from your iPhone and you can no longer use this method to find back. Facebook Messenger has no option to recover your deleted messages. But most of the time, accident happens with mistaken deletion. Many people recognize that some messages are useful after deleting. In that case, we will recommend below method to get the messages back.

Part 2. Recover Deleted Facebook Messages without Archive on iPhone

FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery is a Facebook recovery tool for iOS devices, which can help you to retrieve deleted or lost messages from Facebook messenger, recover deleted safari history, photos, contacts, and app data with a few clicks. It is compatible with all popular iOS devices, including the latest iPhone 12, iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max, iPhone XS (Max)/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/7/6s/6 Plus, iPad (iOS 14/13 supported). The software offers Windows and Mac version, you can just install and launch it to start the recovery.


Follow the steps to recover your deleted Facebook messages:

  1. Download and install the iPhone Facebook Message Recovery on your PC or Mac.

  2. After the installation is finished, launch the software and choose "Recover Data from iOS Devices".

  3. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable. The software will detect your device within a few seconds.

  4. Choose the files that youdd like to retrieve, then click Scan to begin scanning for missing data. 

  5. When the scanning finishes, the scan result will be listed in the left sidebar by categories. Click "Messages" from the sidebar to preview details on the right. Check those items you want and click "Recover to PC" to save them onto computer.

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Part 3. Retrieve Deleted Facebook Messages From a Downloaded Archive

Facebook knows that accidental deletion of messages does happen. So they've created a way for users to go back and review everything they've done on their account, including deleted messages. Read the following steps to recover deleted Facebook messages on iPhone.

  1. Login to your Facebook account on computer, go to Settings.

  2. Tap Your Facebook Information, find Download Your Information section, and tap View on the right side.

  3. In this page you will see all data on your Facebook including messages, post, photos, videos, comments, etc. You can keep all selected, or click "Deselect All", and then choose Messages or other data you want to recover. Now click on the "Create File button".

  4. Once the file is created, you will receive an email from Facebook with a link. Click the link to download the file, unzip it and then you can read the messages on your computer.

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The Bottom Line

In this article, we share three methods on how to recover deleted Facebook messages on iOS devices. If you ever deleted Facebook messages on your iPhone, you can use these tips to recover it. If you have any other good way to solve this problem, or other questions on iOS devices, just leave your message in the comments. We will reply as soon as possible.

Sunday on Aug 30, 2020, 10:17:32 GMT / Post By FoneGeek to iPhone Recovery

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