How to Read Old Facebook Messenger Messages on Android

James Davis

Sep 01, 2023 • Filed to: Manage Social Apps • Proven solutions

Facebook Messenger app has grown to be a great messaging app. Most Facebook users have it on their Android phones and for good reason too.

Over the years, Facebook messages become a great source of old memories for a user. You may read old Facebook Messenger messages and conversations that made you happy or emotional. Everyone tries to search for old messages on Facebook messenger. However, with time, the messages on the app get accumulated and it is hard to scroll through hundreds of messages. In this article, we will see how you can read old Facebook Messenger messages on Android pictures including taken by the best 360-degree camera you sent on Facebook Messenger.

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Part 1. Reading the old Facebook Messenger Messages

Before we see various methods, which can help you read old Facebook Messenger messages faster, let’s see the conventional way of reading through the old method.

1. Log in to Facebook Messenger App

First log on to your Facebook Messenger app using your Facebook details, so that you can see the conversation you have had with your friends and family in the past. You will see the following screen when you open and choose a contact.

2. Choose the contact

Once you choose a contact you wish to view, tap on it, and complete the conversation you have had with the user will appear. However, it will display the most recent messages first.

3. Viewing older messages

To view the older messages, you will have to scroll upwards, through your complete chats history. Its simple scrolling and recognizing the messages you wish to find.

read old facebook message

With hundreds of messages accumulated over span many years, it would be like finding a needle in a haystack. Unfortunately, currently, there is no such app, which will find the exact message you are looking for. Moreover, in terms of searching messages, features are limited for Facebook Messenger and take a lot of time just scrolling through the backlog of messages.

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How we can read old Facebook Messenger messages faster?

It can be quite cumbersome to scroll upwards, waiting for your message. If you talk to someone regularly through Facebook, it can take quite a while to scroll upwards to a message which is even a few days old! So, isn’t there a way out that can make the entire process faster?

Instead of a Messenger app, think of using the Facebook website when you can. It has better search capabilities of searching through your messages and they have much faster capabilities. There is the least amount of scrolling is involved and you will scanning on the only the targeted conversations.

First Method: Keyword Search

It is the most efficient and faster way to find messages. As you will be searching for the only, appropriate word instances. Thus, improving the efficiency of search. Here how you can perform this method.

1. First, log on to your Facebook profile on the website and open the messages screen from the left side.

open facebook message

2. Now scroll down choose the conversation with a user you wish to view. On opening, you will see the most recent conversation but on the top left of the screen, you’ll see a text widget with a magnifying glass icon. Just enter the phrase or word you want to search for.

search facebook messages

3. Once you enter the keyword, it will leave out the irrelevant messages and present you with the messages that include these words from history.

This is an effective method as you are targeting the words used in the message but sometimes, it is difficult to find the words that would help you search messages. Therefore this is another method.

involved and you will scan on the only the targeted conversations.

Second Method: URL

The second method will help you scroll faster than simple finger swiping. This may seem a little technical but it simple and can take you back to the oldest messages in your message history. Here is the step by step guide.

find old facebook message

1. You can do these on your computer or even on your Android phone. Here we will use any internet browser. Just logon to your Facebook profile and open up the messages you wish to see by going to the message page. Choose the conversation you wish to see like in the earlier method. Now observe the URL on top of the browser.

2. Now scroll down, right-click on the option “see older messages”, and select the new tab option. Wait for the new tap to load.

3. On new tab new note, there is Url something like this:

In this just notice “start=6”. The number six denotes hierarchy of conversed messages. If you have more than 1000 messages try to change this number something closer to 1000 like 982 etc. By doing that, you will jump to old conversations, much faster than the scrolling it manually.

Beyond these two methods, there are more ways to scroll through the old messages but they require little knowledge. For instance, you download complete Facebook data by going to Settings and then to “Download a Copy of your Facebook data” link. This will have complete data in HTML format and you can easily open the files in the browser and condense the messages. The other is the use of the backup application, which helps you manage a copy of your messages.

However, stick to the above-mentioned methods, as they are easy to use and does not take much of your time or technical skills. You can easily use the Facebook Messenger app or Facebook website to view all the messages you need, even if it’s more than a year old!

James Davis

James Davis

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