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How to delete messages on Facebook Messenger

Your queue can become unwieldy when it grows to a certain size.
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December 21, 2022

Facebook Messenger is a very popular messaging app, so popular that it has largely taken over the job texting used to do for many people. And just like the inbox of your texting app, your Messenger queue can become unwieldy when it grows to a certain size. It’s vital to know how to delete messages on Facebook Messenger, and to do it often. Sometimes you’ll want to get rid of individual messages, like the flashing video game links sent by normally sane relatives, but keep the ongoing conversation. Other times, you’ll want to lose the whole conversation, like messages from online cranks and the outright spam that sometimes finds its way into your queue. We’ll go over both procedures, so you can have more control over your Messenger queue.

Read more: How to delete notifications on Facebook

QUICK ANSWER

To delete a conversation on the Messenger app on your smartphone, tap and hold on the conversation in your queue. From the menu that comes up, tap on Delete. Confirm the deletion when asked to complete the procedure. If it has been less than 10 minutes since you sent the message, it will be deleted on both ends; if it's been more than 10 minutes, it will only be deleted on your end.


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How to delete messages on the Messenger app

First, open the Messenger app. Tap on the conversation that contains the message you want to delete. Tap and hold on the message until the message menu comes up. Then tap on More.

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The More menu will contain the Remove option. Tap on it.

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A message will pop up at the bottom of the screen with a garbage can icon and the words Remove for you. Tap on the garbage can icon. It says Remove for you because you can only delete the message from your device. It remains on the devices of everyone else in the conversation.

The only exception to this rule is if it’s been less than ten minutes since you sent a message. In that case, you’ll be able to “unsend” a message that you just sent. It’s a life-saver if you’ve mistakenly sent something to the wrong person or said something you immediately regret.

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Messenger will ask you to confirm the removal. Tap on REMOVE. The message will disappear, but the conversation it was in will remain.

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How to delete conversations on the Messenger app

With Messenger open, scroll to the conversation you want to delete. Tap and hold on that conversation until the menu pops up. Delete will be one of the options presented. Tap on it.

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Messenger will ask you to confirm the deletion. Tap on DELETE to remove the entire conversation from your queue. Keep in mind that it still exists on the devices of the other participants.

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How to delete messages on the Facebook website

Navigate to the Facebook website and log in. In the upper right, you will see a series of icons. Click on the Messenger icon.

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Click on the conversation that contains the message you want to delete. Find the message to be deleted and click on the three-dot menu next to it. Options to remove or forward the message will come up. Click on Remove.

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As usual, Facebook will ask you to confirm the removal of the message. Again, click on Remove. The message will disappear from your device, but remain on the devices of the other people in the chat.

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How to delete conversations on the Facebook website

Bring up Messenger and hover your mouse over the conversation you wish to delete. A three-dot menu icon will appear. Click on the three-dot menu and select the Delete chat option.

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Facebook will warn you that this deletion cannot be undone, and ask you to confirm the deletion. To complete the process, click on Delete chat.

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FAQs

You can only select one at a time to delete, whether you are using your phone, the Facebook website, or the Mac/PC app.

No, there is no undo feature. Deleting a message or conversation is permanent.

No, no one will be notified when you delete in Messenger. But again, keep in mind that the message or conversation will remain on the device of everyone else in the conversation.