How do I archive a conversation in Facebook Messenger? What’s the difference between archiving and deleting?

How do I archive a conversation in Facebook Messenger? What’s the difference between archiving and deleting? Looking for a guide on how to archive a conversation or message in Facebook Messenger? We'll show you the complete step-by-step guide on how you can hover around Facebook Messenger to archive a conversation.
How do I archive a conversation in Facebook Messenger? What’s the difference between archiving and deleting?
What’s the difference between archiving and deleting in Facebook Messenger?
Let me say that if you want to hide a message from your inbox but not delete it, you can archive it. According to the Facebook Help Center, archiving a conversation hides it from your inbox until the next time you chat with that person while deleting a conversation permanently removes the message history from your inbox on Facebook  Messenger.

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Can I see deleted messages in Facebook Messenger?
While compiling this post, a friend asked me if she can see deleted messages in Facebook Messenger. Well, my answer to this question was no. You can't see or retrieve deleted messages or conversations in Facebook Messenger. As earlier outlined, deleting a message permanently in Messenger removes it from your inbox.

Deleting a conversation or message in Facebook Messenger is a two-way thing. When you delete a conversation or message from your inbox, it will still remain in the inbox of the person you sent it to.

In other words, deleting a message or conversation from your inbox in Messenger won't delete it from your friend's inbox. The point is, it isn't possible to delete sent or received messages from a friend's inbox.

If you want to hide a message from your inbox but not delete it, you can archive it. To archive, a conversation or message in Facebook Messenger, see our step-by-step guides on how to get that done below.

How to Archive a Conversation in Facebook Messenger?
Here're the procedures you're expected to follow to archive a message or conversation in Facebook Messenger using your iPhone or iPad and Android devices.

To archive a conversation or message in Facebook Messenger via iPhone or iPad, do the following;
1. Tap How do I archive a conversation in Facebook Messenger? What’s the difference between archiving and deleting? to view your conversations.
2. Tap and hold the conversation you'd like to archive.
3. Tap More.
4. Tap Archive.

To archive a conversation or message in Facebook Messenger via Android, do the following;
1. Tap How do I archive a conversation in Facebook Messenger? What’s the difference between archiving and deleting? to view your conversations.

How do I find an archived conversation in Facebook Messenger?
When you've archived a conversation or message in Facebook Messenger, you can find out your archived message. To find out your archived message or conversation on Facebook Messenger, do the following.

To find a conversation that you've archived in Facebook Messenger via Android:
1. From  tap Search at the top.
2. Search the person's name in the search bar.
3. Tap the person's name to open the conversation.

To find a conversation that you've archived in Facebook Messenger via iPhone or iPad:
1. From How do I archive a conversation in Facebook Messenger? What’s the difference between archiving and deleting? tap Search at the top.
2. Search the person's name in the search bar.
3. Tap the person's name to open the conversation.

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Before you proceed on Facebook Messenger, bear in mind that you can unarchive the conversation and add it back to your inbox by sending the person a new message.

How do I archive a conversation in Facebook Messenger? What’s the difference between archiving and deleting?

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