How to View Archived Mail and Messages in Facebook Messages

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Facebook lets you view and search archived messages easily.

Where Have the Archived Messages Gone?

Archiving was easy. The message disappeared, too, just the way it should.

Where, now, is it, though? Not in Messages and not in Other either, archived mail in Facebook Messages is still around. You can browse and search archived messages, too.

View Archived Mail and Messages in Facebook Messages

To see mail you have archived in Facebook Messages:

  1. Open Messages on Facebook.
    • Click Messages, for example, in the top Facebook navigation bar (from anywhere on Facebook) and follow the See All link in the messages sheet that comes up. 
    • You can also select Messages in the left navigation bar on your Facebook home page.
  2. Click More above the list of current conversations.
  3. Select Archived from the menu that has appeared.
    • You can also type any search term in the Search field and press Enter or click the magnifying glass icon. Facebook will automatically search all messages and conversations including archived ones.
      • Click Load Older Threads to continue searching older—including archived—conversations.
      • See below for searching only archived messages and conversations.

Search Archived Mail and Messages in Facebook Messages

To search Facebook Messages for archived mail and messages (excluding recent conversations not archived):

  1. Open Facebook Messages.
  2. Click in the Search field.
  1. Type "is:archived " followed by the terms you seek.
    • To search archived messages for "picnic", for example, type "is:archived picnic" (not including the quotation marks).
    • You can combine "is:archived" with other Facebook Messages search operators, of course.
  2. Press Enter.

(Updated March 2016)