How to Delete Messages on Facebook Messenger
This wikiHow teaches you how to delete a message from a conversation in Facebook Messenger. You can delete a single message at a time from both the mobile app version of Messenger and the desktop version of Messenger, but you cannot delete multiple messages at once. Keep in mind that deleting a message will only remove it from your side of the conversation; the other person (or people) in the conversation will still be able to see the message unless they also delete it.
1. OpenFacebook Messengerand log in if prompted.
2. Open a conversation.
3. Tap and hold a message.
5. TapDeletewhen prompted.
Open Facebook Messenger.Tap the Messenger app icon, which resembles a blue speech bubble with a white lightning bolt in it. This will open a list of your current conversations if you're logged into Messenger.
- If you aren't logged into Messenger, enter your phone number and password when prompted before continuing.
Select a conversation.Tap a conversation that contains messages that you want to delete. You may have to scroll down if the conversation is old.
- If Messenger opens to a conversation that you don't want to review, first tap the "Back" button in the top-left corner.
- If you don't see your conversations listed, tap theHometab to open the list of conversations.
Tap and hold a message.Find a message that you want to delete, then tap and hold it. A menu will pop up.
- On iPhone, this menu is at the bottom of the screen, while Android users will see a menu window in the middle of the screen.
TapDelete.It's an option in the menu.
TapDeletewhen prompted.Doing so will delete the message from your side of the conversation, though the person (or people) with whom the conversation is will still be able to see the message.
Delete an entire conversation.If you just want to delete an entire conversation on mobile, do the following:
- Find a conversation that you want to delete.
- Tap and hold the conversation until a pop-up menu appears.
- TapDelete Conversation(iPhone) orDelete(Android).
- TapDelete Conversationwhen prompted.
Open Facebook.Go to in your browser. This will open your Facebook News Feed if you're logged into your Facebook account.
- If you aren't logged in, enter your email address (or phone number) and password before proceeding.
Click the "Messenger" icon.It's a lightning bolt in a speech bubble icon. You'll find this in the upper-right side of the Facebook page. A drop-down menu will appear.
ClickSee All in Messenger.This link is in the bottom-left corner of the drop-down menu. Doing so opens the Facebook Messenger web app.
Select a conversation.Find a conversation that contains messages which you want to delete, then click the conversation.
- You may have to scroll down the left-hand column of conversations to find an old conversation.
Hover your mouse cursor over a message.This should be a message that you want to delete. Upon hovering over the message, you should see a smiley face icon and a triple-dot icon appear next to the message.
Click .It's to the right of a message sent to you, or to the left of a message that you sent. You should see a pop-up option appear.
ClickDelete.This is the pop-up option next to the⋯icon.
ClickDeletewhen prompted.It's a red button. Doing so will remove the message from your side of the conversation, though the person (or people) with whom the conversation is will still be able to see the message.
Delete an entire conversation.If you just want to delete an entire conversation, do the following:
- Select the conversation.
- Click the gear-shaped icon in the upper-right side of the conversation.
- You may need to first click theⓘ"i" icon on the right.
- ClickDeletein the drop-down menu.
- ClickDeletewhen prompted.
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- If you find that a particular person in Messenger is bothering you, consider rather than just deleting messages.
- Deleting a message does not remove it from the other person’s Facebook account.
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