How to Permanently Delete Private Messages in Facebook

by Andrew Tennyson
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Through Facebook's Messages feature you can send private messages back and forth with your Facebook friends and contacts, much in the same way you send emails. These private messages are stored in a threaded chronological arrangement and are accessible via the Messages icon on your Facebook homepage. From the Messages window you can delete entire conversations or individual messages within a conversation.

Step 1

Click the "Messages" icon on your Facebook homepage. The Messages icon is located in the top left corner and resembles two small overlapping speech bubbles.

Step 2

Click the conversation containing the message or messages you want to delete. If it is not listed on the initial Messages pop-up window, click "See All" to view all of your private messages. Click the conversation on that list containing the message you want to delete.

Step 3

Click the "Actions" button and then click "Delete Messages" on the Actions drop-down menu.

Step 4

Click the check boxes located next to the messages you want to delete.

Click "Delete" and then click "Delete Messages" to confirm that you want to delete the selected messages.


  • Deleting a private message in your Messages inbox does not delete it from the inbox of your conversation partner.


  • To delete an entire conversation rather than individual messages, click "Delete Conversation" after clicking the Actions menu in the third step.


About the Author

Andrew Tennyson has been writing about culture, technology, health and a variety of other subjects since 2003. He has been published in The Gazette, DTR and ZCom. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Fine Arts in writing.

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