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How to Recover Deleted Messages on Facebook Messenger for iPhone

By Carrie Murray, Tuesday, March 26, 2019

When you have messages deleted on Facebook Messenger and you want to get them back, you may have no clue as Facebook doesn't offer any backup for your chat history on Messenger. Here is how to find deleted Facebook messages on the iPhone.

First of all, when you can't find a message on Facebook Messenger, it is not necessarily permanently deleted. There may be some hidden messages that you haven't found on Messenger. And even if the messages are permanently deleted, there is still a Facebook Messenger recovery tool you can use to recover deleted Facebook messages on iPhone: FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery.

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Can I retrieve deleted Facebook messages?

Before recovering deleted messages from Messenger, you should verify that the messages are really gone. When a message can't be found on Facebook Messenger, it is probably archived. By archiving a conversation, it means that a Facebook conversation is hidden from your inbox. But don't worry, you can easily find archived messages on Facebook Messenger in 2 ways.

On iPhone, open Messenger, tap Home and type the keyword of the lost messages on the Search bar on the top of the screen. See if there are the deleted messages you are looking in the search result.

Search Messages on Facebook Messenger


On Facebook Messenger for web, click Settings > Archived threads and see if the deleted messages are there.

Archived Messages on Facebook


If the deleted messages are not archived, it is not the end of the world. You can still retrieve deleted messages from Facebook Messenger with a data recovery tool.

Here we use FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery to find deleted messages from Facebook Messenger on the iPhone. The tool can recover deleted messages from Facebook Messenger by scanning the iPhone itself, or its iTunes backup or iCloud backup. Facebook Messenger messages, images, etc. can be retrieved from your iPhone or iPhone backups with the tool.

Read on to learn how FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery works to retrieve deleted Facebook messages from iPhone.

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Recover deleted Facebook Messenger messages from iPhone

Messages on Facebook Messenger are or have been saved on your iPhone storage. Even after you delete a message from Messenger, the message is not completely gone from your iPhone. What FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is to find the traces of the deleted messages and recover them to texts that you can read. Here is how to do so.

Step 1 Launch FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery on a PC or Mac.

Step 2 Select Recover Data from iOS Devices and plug your iPhone into the computer with a lightning cable.

Recover Messenger Messages from iPhone


Step 3 When the iPhone is recognized, click Start Scan.

Analyzing iPhone


Step 4 The tool will begin to search for data, including Facebook Messenger data, on the iPhone.

Step 5 When the search is over, click Messenger and Messenger Attachments. You'll see the existing and deleted messages on the Messenger of your iPhone are displayed. Facebook contacts, messages sent and received date, details of the messages are found. Also, attachments on the Messenger can also be found.

Recover Messenger Data from iPhone


Step 6 If you see the deleted Facebook messages that you need, click Recover to get them back.

Note: If you can't find the deleted Facebook Messenger messages from iPhone with the tool, the messages are covered by other new data on your iPhone storage, which make the deleted messages unrecoverable.


Retrieve deleted messages on Facebook Messenger app from iTunes backup

Also, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery supports Facebook messages recovery from your iPhone's backups on iTunes. What you need to do is to:

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  • Install the FonePaw on the computer that has your iPhone's backup via iTunes.

  • Open the tool and choose Recover from iTunes backup files this time.

  • The tool will detect all your iTunes backups. Select a backup that is created before the messages are deleted from Messenger.

  • View the contents in the backup and see if there are the needed Facebook messages.

Recover Facebook Messages from iTunes Backup


See deleted Facebook Messenger messages from iCloud backup

If you tend to back up your iPhone data via iCloud, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery gives you one more option: to retrieve messages on Facebook messages from iCloud backup.

  • Run the FonePaw tool. Select Recover from iCloud backup files.

  • Sign in with your iCloud account and view all the iCloud backups.

  • Download an iCloud backup and see if it has the Messenger messages that you have deleted.

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FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can also be used to recover text messages, WhatsApp messages, Kik messages and more. Get it on your computer to have a try.

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