Over time, we often find ourselves accumulating a plethora of conversations in our Facebook Messenger archive. Whether it’s to declutter, ensure privacy, or simply start fresh, there might come a time when you want to mass delete these archived messages.
Messenger provides a direct “delete all” option for archived chats in 2023. However, you can follow the steps below to systematically and efficiently clear out your archive.
Do note that this process requires manual effort for each conversation, and once deleted, these messages are gone permanently.
How to Delete Archived Messages on Messenger 2023
Here’s how you can delete archived messages on Facebook Messenger:
- Open Facebook: Visit Facebook and log in.
- Access Messenger: Click on the Messenger icon at the top right corner.
- See All in Messenger: At the bottom of the drop-down, click on “See All in Messenger.”
- Open Settings: On the left sidebar, click on “More” (it might be represented with three dots) and then choose “Archived.”
- Select Conversation: Hover over the conversation you want to delete.
- Options: Click on the gear or three-dot icon (settings/options) next to the conversation.
- Delete: Choose “Delete” from the dropdown. Confirm the deletion if prompted.
For Mobile (Messenger App):
- Open Messenger App: Tap on the Messenger app on your device.
- Access Chats: If not already in the Chats tab, tap on the chat bubble icon usually located at the bottom.
- Search: Use the search bar at the top to type in the name of the person or group whose archived messages you wish to delete.
- Open Conversation: Tap on the desired conversation from the results.
- More Options: While viewing the conversation, tap on the user’s name or group name at the top. This will lead you to the conversation’s details.
- Delete Conversation: Scroll down and find the option to delete or remove the conversation and confirm.
Short answer – Open the Messenger app and tap your profile picture in the top left. Go to “All messages” to access all of your conversations. You can also archive a conversation by tapping and holding on to the conversation and selecting “Delete” from the menu. Then tap Delete again to delete the conversation forever.