How to Delete Sent Messages on Facebook

By Adrian Grahams

Clear out unwanted sent messages on Facebook.
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Facebook's Messages application displays your business and personal messages in a threaded view format for each conversation you have with Facebook friends and business contacts. Although the conversation view is a useful way to keep track of who said what and when, you might want to delete some of your sent messages to declutter the message thread, particularly for long conversations that take place over weeks or months. Facebook Messages lets you select and delete individual sent messages from each conversation thread.

Sign in to your Facebook account.

Click the "Messages" button in the menu on the left to open the Messages page.

Click the conversation that contains the sent messages you want to delete. Facebook displays conversation threads in date order with the most recent at the bottom of the page.

Click the "Actions" button at the top of the conversation screen.

Select "Delete Messages" from the pull-down menu.

Click to enable the check box beside each sent message that you want to delete.

Click the "Delete Selected" button and then click "Delete Messages" in the confirmation pop-up window. Facebook removes the selected messages.


To delete an entire conversation, including all received and sent messages, click the "Delete All" option after opening the "Delete Messages" screen.