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How to Archive Chat on Facebook and Messenger

In this post, you’ll see how to archive a Facebook conversation.

When you archive a chat, Facebook will move it from the Chats tab to the “Archived chats.”

I use FB, Messenger Desktop, Messenger.com, and the Messenger app (Android phone and iPhone). Let’s begin.

Archive a Conversation on Facebook (PC)

Here are the steps:

  • Sign in to Facebook.
  • Hit “Messenger” in the left sidebar.
  • Hover your mouse over the chat that you want to archive.
  • Click the three horizontal dots.
  • Click the “Archive chat” option.

That’s it.

Notes

The archived chats can be viewed by clicking on the three horizontal dots beside Chats at the top left. Click on “Archived chats.”

You can view the messages from an archived conversation by clicking it.

Remember, sending or receiving a message to an archived chat will automatically unarchive it.

Here are the steps to unarchive a conversation:

Hover your mouse over the archived chat and click the three horizontal dots. Hit the “Unarchive chat” option.

That’s it.

Archive a Chat on Facebook Messenger (Android or iPhone)

Here are the steps:

Launch the Facebook Messenger app.

Long press the conversation you wish to archive in the Chats tab.

Hit the “Archive” option.

That’s all.

Here’s an alternate method for iPhone: Slide the chat to the left. Hit Archive.

Notes

Tap your profile picture at the top left and hit “Archived chats” to view your archived conversations.

Remember, sending or receiving a message to an archived conversation will automatically unarchive it.

Here’s how to unarchive an archived chat:

Long press the archived conversation. Hit Unarchive.

That’s all.

Alternate method (only for iPhone): Slide the archived chat to the left. Hit Unarchive.

That’s it.

Archive Chat on Messenger Desktop App

Here are the steps if you’re using Messenger Desktop:

Open the Messenger Desktop app and right-click on the chat in the left sidebar.

You can view these options:

Please choose the Archive chat, and you can see these options:

  • Hide: If you select this option, you can see the conversation if you receive a message to it.
  • Permanently Hide: If you choose this option, you can view the chat if you unhide it.

Hit the one you prefer.

That’s it.

Here’s an alternate method to do this task:

Click on the conversation and hit the Messenger icon at the top left.

Select File > Archive Chat.

Select Hide or Permanently Hide as per your wishes.

That’s all.

The below is for you if you’ve chosen “Hide” above and you want to unarchive:

Search for the chat. Find and open it. And then send a message. That’s it.

If you receive a message to that chat, it will also unarchive the latter.

If you’ve chosen “Permanently Hide” above, follow these steps to unarchive it:

Search for the chat. Find and open it. And then send a message.

That’s it.

Archive Conversation on Messenger.com

Here are the steps:

Sign in to Messenger.com.

Hover your mouse over the chat you want to archive in the left sidebar.

Click the three horizontal dots.

Click the “Archive chat” option.

That’s it.

Notes

The archived chats can be viewed by clicking on your profile picture at the top left. Click on “Archived chats.”

You can view the messages from an archived conversation by clicking it.

Remember, sending or receiving a message to an archived chat will automatically unarchive it.

Here are the steps to unarchive a conversation:

Hover your mouse over the archived chat and click the three horizontal dots. Hit the “Unarchive chat” option.

That’s it.

Thanks for reading.