How to Delete Messages in Facebook Messenger

If you do not wish to keep a single or an entire chat in your Facebook Messenger, the company allows you to delete individual or all your messages at once.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
June 28, 2022

If you do not wish to keep a single or an entire chat in your Facebook Messenger, the company allows you to delete individual or all your messages at once. Let’s find out on your desktop and mobile.

Note! Your deleted messages can not be restored, so make sure you really want to get rid of your messages.

This is for devices using Facebook Messenger. Screenshots are from iPhone XR and Windows 10. Messenger’s latest version is 2022 so screenshots may be different from your device.

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You can remove, unsend, or delete messages or chats. This post gives you different methods on how to “back out” your messages or chats. This means you can “undo” mistakenly sent messages. For the Unsend, you have 10 minutes to retract the original message. The Remove feature deletes the message.

Delete Messages on the Desktop

If you are on a desktop computer like Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook, use the Facebook website to delete individual or all messages from your account.

First, launch a web browser on your computer and access Facebook. Log in to your account on the site if you are not already logged in.

Next, in Facebook’s top right-hand corner, click the Messenger icon. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Messenger

Now, in the Messenger panel, at the bottom, click See All in Messenger. See the below image:

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Selecting all messages

Next, in the Chats sidebar on the left, you will see all your conversations. Select the chat in which you want to delete messages.

Now, on the right pane, find the individual message to delete. Then hover over that message, click the Menu icon (the three vertical dots), and choose Remove. See the following image:

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Remove a message in a chat

Next, depending on the message you select, click either Remove for you or Remove for everyone. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting your option

Now, if you have selected your own message, select Remove For You.

In the window’s bottom left-hand corner, click Remove and your message will be deleted. See the below image:

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Removing only for you

Next, if you have selected an everybody message, select Remove for everyone.

In the window’s bottom left-hand corner, click Remove and your message will be deleted. See the following image:

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Removing for everyone

Now, if you would like to delete an entire conversation, then in the left sidebar, find that conversation. Then hover over that chat, click the Menu icon (the three vertical dots), and choose Delete Chat. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting to delete a chat

Next, in the prompt that opens, click Delete Chat. See the below image:

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Confirming to delete a chat

Now, Facebook will delete your selected chat on the desktop.

Delete Messages on Mobile

On your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, make use of the Messenger app to delete your individual messages or entire chats.

First, launch the Facebook Messenger app.

Next, tap the conversation from which you want to remove messages.

Now, on the conversation page, tap and hold on to the message to remove. If you have selected the other party’s message, then in the menu that opens, select More > Remove. If you have selected your own message, then tap Remove. The message is deleted on your end, but the other party can still access it. See the following image:

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Remove a message

Next, To delete the message from everyone involved in the chat, choose Unsend. Refer to the below image:

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Unsend a message

Now, you can choose Unsend for everyone or Unsend for you. See the below image:

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Selecting an option to Unsend

Next, to remove the message only from your own chat history, select Remove For You. See the following image:

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Selecting Remove for you option

Now, you can also delete entire chats with someone. To do so, tap and hold on to the chat to delete. Then, in the menu that opens, select Delete. Refer to the below image:

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Delete a chat

Next, in the prompt that opens, tap Delete. See the below image:

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Confirm the delete

Now, you have successfully deleted your messages from Facebook Messenger on mobile.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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