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How to Delete Messages on Messenger (Facebook Messenger)

Don't let old chat history clutter your Facebook Messenger inbox. Find out how to delete / unsend individual messages or entire conversations quickly.

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Managing your chat history can be an invaluable tool to safeguard your conversations' privacy and optimize device storage. You can easily delete individual messages or entire conversation threads from with just a few simple clicks. You can use this to keep those chats organized and clutter-free by regularly clearing out old messages — ensuring that only the content that matters to you remains visible.  provides you with the option to delete either individual messages or all of your messages in Messenger at once. 

Optimize Your Inbox Space

Clearing up your Facebook Messenger inbox can help you get rid of unwanted messages and optimize your device's storage space. By regularly deleting old conversations, you'll be able to keep your inbox organized and clutter-free.

Take Control of Your Privacy

In addition to optimizing your inbox space, deleting messages from Facebook Messenger can also help you take control of your privacy. By removing sensitive or personal information, you'll be able to ensure that your data is secure.
 
Deleting individual or entire conversations on Facebook Messenger is a simple process that can help you clean up your inbox, optimize your device's storage space, and take control of your privacy. Here's how you go about doing that on your desktop and mobile.

How to Delete / Unsend a Facebook Message in Your Web Browser

Deleting or unsending a Facebook message through your web browser allows you to retract a message sent in error or remove unwanted messages from a conversation, ensuring your chat remains relevant and private.

  1. Open Messenger
     
    Navigate to Facebook in your web browser, click on the chat symbol at the upper right corner, and select “See all in Messenger” to access your full chat list.
     
    Windows 11 - Facebook - Messenger - See All
  2. Select the Message to Delete
     
    Hover over the message you wish to delete or unsend within a conversation and click on the three dots that appear to the side.
     
    Windows 11 - Facebook - Messenger - See All - Select Chat - Message - 3dots
  3. Choose Delete Option
     
    Click “Remove” from the dropdown menu. You'll have the option to “Unsend for Everyone” or “Remove for You”. Selecting “Unsend for Everyone” deletes the message for all participants in the chat, while “Remove for You” makes the message disappear only from your view. “Unsend” may not be available if the time limit for unsending (usually 10 minutes after sending) has passed. In that case only the “Remove” option will be available which deletes the message only on your side.
     
    Windows 11 - Facebook - Messenger - See All - Select Chat - Message - 3dots - Remove

How to Delete Entire Chats on Messenger in Your Web Browser

Removing entire chat threads from your Messenger inbox can help you keep your digital space organized and free of clutter, ensuring only meaningful conversations remain.

  1. Navigate to Messenger
     
    Open Facebook on your web browser, click the chat icon on the top right, and select “See all in Messenger” to view all conversations.
     
    Windows 11 - Facebook - Messenger - See All
  2. Select the Chat to Delete
     
    Hover over the chat you wish to delete in the conversation sidebar on the left to reveal a three-dot menu.
     
    Windows 11 - Facebook - Messenger - See All - Select Chat - 3Dots
  3. Delete the Chat
     
    Click on the three dots, then select “Delete Chat” from the options.
     
    Windows 11 - Facebook - Messenger - See All - Select Chat - 3Dots - Delete Chat
  4. Confirm Deleting the Chat
     
    Confirm your choice by clicking “Delete Chat” again in the confirmation window.
     
    Windows 11 - Facebook - Messenger - See All - Select Chat - 3Dots - Delete Chat - Confirmation

How to Delete Messages on the Messenger App

Using the Messenger app to delete or unsend messages offers a quick way to manage your conversations on the go, allowing you to rectify mistakes or remove unnecessary messages instantly.

  1. Open the Conversation
     
    Launch the Messenger app on your smartphone and tap on the chat containing the message you wish to delete or unsend.
     
    Android - Messenger App - Select Chat
  2. Select the Message
     
    Tap and hold the message you want to remove. A menu will appear at the bottom of the screen.
     
    Android - Messenger App - Select Chat - Message - Remove
  3. Decide on Deletion
     
    Choose “Remove” from the menu. You'll then have the option to “Unsend” the message, deleting it for all chat participants, or “Remove for You,” which deletes the message only from your side of the conversation.
     
    Android - Messenger App - Select Chat - Message - Remove - For You

How to Delete Entire Chats on the Messenger App

Clearing entire conversations from your Messenger app helps maintain a tidy inbox, ensuring that you're only keeping the chats that are currently relevant and important to you.

  1. Locate the Chat
     
    Open the Messenger app and find the chat thread you wish to delete.
  2. Hold and Select
     
    Tap and hold on the conversation you want to delete until a menu pops up.
     
    Android - Messenger App - Press & Hold on Chat
  3. Delete the Conversation
     
    Tap “Delete” from the menu.
     
    Android - Messenger App - Press & Hold on Chat - Delete
  4. Confirm Deleting the Chat
     

    Select “Delete” again to permanently remove the conversation from your inbox.
     
    Android - Messenger App - Press & Hold on Chat - Delet - Confirm

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About Deleting Facebook Messages

Can you set messages to disappear on Messenger?

Yes, you can use “Disappearing Messages” in Messenger, where messages disappear after they're seen and you leave the chat. After you start an end-to-end encrypted chat, you can set a timer to have everyone's messages disappear at a time you choose after they've been seen.

What is Vanish Mode in Messenger?

Vanish Mode (discontinued) and Disappearing Messages both allowed messages to automatically disappear on Facebook's platforms, but they operate differently. Vanish Mode was for ephemeral, one-on-one conversations where messages vanish immediately after being seen and the chat is closed, activated manually within a specific chat. In contrast, Disappearing Messages let users set a timer for messages to disappear from all new conversations after a chosen duration, applicable in both individual and group chats, offering a more continuous privacy feature without altering the chat's appearance.

Why can't I delete a message on Messenger?

You might not be able to delete a message if it's part of a group chat where deletion for everyone is restricted, or if there's a technical issue with Messenger.

How do you delete blocked messages on Messenger?

To delete messages from a blocked contact, you can still access the conversation in your chat list, tap and hold the message, and choose “Remove.”

Why isn't Unsend working on Messenger?

Unsend” may not work if the time limit for unsending (usually 10 minutes after sending) has passed or due to a temporary glitch in the app.

How do I delete suspicious messages on Messenger?

Tap and hold the suspicious message and select “Remove.” Choose “Unsend” to remove it for everyone or “Remove for You” to delete it from your inbox.

Why can't I remove someone from Messenger?

You might not be able to remove someone if they are not on your Facebook friend list but have messaged you; you can only block or ignore their messages.

How do I permanently delete someone from Messenger?

To permanently delete someone, you need to unfriend or block them on Facebook, then delete the conversation from Messenger.

Does Messenger delete messages on its own?

Messenger does not automatically delete messages unless you are using features like Vanish Mode. Messages remain in your inbox until you decide to delete them.

Can you tell if someone deleted your conversation on Messenger?

No, Messenger does not notify users when someone else deletes a conversation. However, if a message is “unsent,” you will see a notification that a message was removed.

How do you know if someone deleted your Messenger conversation?

There's no direct way to know if someone has deleted a conversation with you on Messenger. You might notice the conversation is missing if you were not blocked.

How do I delete messages and contacts from Messenger?

To delete messages, tap and hold on a message and choose “Remove“. To delete contacts, you must unfriend or block them on Facebook, then delete the conversation.

Can group admins delete messages on Messenger?

In group chats, admins can remove messages for everyone. For one-on-one chats, both participants have equal rights to delete messages.

How do I manually delete messages on Messenger?

Open the conversation, tap and hold the message you want to delete, and select “Remove“. Choose “Unsend” to delete for everyone or “Remove for You” to delete it from your side.

Extra: How to Deactivate Facebook Messenger

You may have reasons to deactivate Facebook Messenger, such as privacy concerns, data usage, or simply wanting to take a break from . In our other guide, we explore the pros and cons of deactivating Facebook Messenger, the technical details of how to do it, the necessary steps to follow, and some alternatives or options you can consider.
 
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Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.