How to See Archived Messages on Facebook

By Irene A. Blake

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Whenever you store a chat conversation or private message on Facebook using the archive feature, the site removes it from the Messages Inbox and Other sections and transfers it to a separate Archived section. Finding and accessing this section can be a bit tricky because Facebook doesn’t display the section link title beside the “Inbox” or “Other" link titles. The Messages screen design isn't wide enough to display all titles. Instead, to see archived messages, you need to access a drop-down list that provides additional options.

Step 1

Go to your Facebook Home screen and click the “Messages” option in the Favorites section to open the Messages screen. Facebook automatically displays your chat conversation history and private messages in a list format by date below the Search field.

Step 2

Click “More” located above the right side of the Search field and select “Archived” from the drop-down menu. Facebook switches the list of non-archived messages to a list of archived messages.

Step 3

Select any archived message in the list to open and read it in the center of the Messages screen.