How to See Other People's Messages on Facebook

by Ryan Menezes
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In many ways, Facebook Messages work like email, sharing private communications between as few as two contacts. But the Messages app also integrates with Facebook's chat service, which encourages real-time conversations between larger groups. If you join a chat session associated with other people's messages, you view all messages in the conversation, even those from before you joined. You can't add yourself to someone else's chat session or message thread, but anyone currently in the conversation can add you.

Step 1

Instruct a friend to log in to Facebook and open the message conversation that you want to view.

Step 2

Instruct the friend to click "Actions" and click "Open in Chat" in the drop-down menu.

Step 3

Instruct the friend to click the icon in the chat window's title bar to add other people to the chat session.

Instruct the friend to type your name into the text box labeled "Add Friends to This Chat" and then click "Done" to let you see all messages in the conversation.


  • You cannot view other people's messages without their assistance or access to their accounts.
  • If the original message conversation includes more than two people, your friend can directly click the "Add People" link in the Messages' Actions menu rather than opening the conversation in Chat.


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About the Author

Ryan Menezes is a professional writer and blogger. He has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Boston University and has written for the American Civil Liberties Union, the marketing firm InSegment and the project management service Assembla. He is also a member of Mensa and the American Parliamentary Debate Association.

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