Where To Find Facebook & WhatsApp Archived Chats


“Help! I accidentally archived messages on WhatsApp; the conversation was from one of my good friends. I am not able to see those messages. I skimmed the app but still have no idea. Is there any workaround to unarchive WhatsApp chat?”
An Upset User

Access Facebook & WhatsApp Archived Messages

One of the main reasons why people love Facebook & WhatsApp Messengers is that both help users organize their recent conversation area using the Archive Messages feature. Which means, those chats are transferred to a separate folder but aren’t deleted altogether. People mostly use this feature to clean their inbox without deleting the messages. Users can archive individual or group chats to organize their conversations better.

To Archive WhatsApp Messages, one can just hold down on the particular chat > select the icon at the top that looks like a ‘box with the downward-facing arrow’ > the chat will automatically be removed from the list & would be moved to the Archived Folder.

To Archive All WhatsApp Chats, one can just tap on the three-dots icon at the top-right corner > choose Settings > Chats > Chat history > Archive all chats. This will automatically remove all the conversations from the main area.

But in case, you’ve accidentally archived your WhatsApp chat & looking for a way to retrieve those messages there’s a quick way. Read this step by step guide for WhatsApp & Facebook Messenger!

For WhatsApp Messenger:

How To Unarchive WhatsApp Chats On Android, iPhone & Windows Phone?

Follow the instructions to unarchive WhatsApp Archived chats on both Android & iPhone. The feature is not available for the web version, WhatsApp Web!

On Android:

STEP 1- Launch WhatsApp Messenger.

STEP 2- In the Chats tab > scroll down to reach the bottom of the screen.

STEP 3- Tap on the Archive section. Here you will find all the WhatsApp Archived Messages.

Hold down to the chat you wish to recover & choose the icon (box with the downward-facing arrow) to unarchive WhatsApp chat successfully.

WhatsApp Archived Chats

On iPhone:

STEP 1- Open WhatsApp on your iPhone.

STEP 2- In the Chats tab swipe down from middle till ‘Archived Chats’ option appears. Tap on the same & choose conversations you wish to retrieve. Swipe from right to left to see the option ‘Unarchive’.

WhatsApp Archived Chats iphone

That’s all! You’re good to go!

On Windows Phone:

STEP 1- Open WhatsApp Messenger on your Windows phone.

STEP 2- Tap on the More button and then choose the “Archived Messages” folder.

STEP 3- Simply long-press the conversation you wish to unarchive, and tap on ‘Unarchive’ button.

Your WhatsApp Archived Chat would automatically be unarchived once new texts are received.

For Facebook Messenger:

How To Find Archived Messages On FB Messenger?

It’s very easy to see Achieved messages on Facebook Messenger, just follow the step by step instructions below:

On A Computer:

STEP 1- Go to www.facebook.com & login with your account, if you haven’t already!

STEP 2- Click on the Messenger option, you can find it on the left-panel under your profile name.

STEP 3- Click on the Settings option;  it’s ‘gear’ like icon.  From the drop-down options, choose ‘Archived Threads’ option to see the full list of your archived messages on Messenger.

STEP 4- To retrieve archived messages of your choice, just send another text to the particular recipient.

Facebook Archived Chats

You will automatically unarchive the entire conversation & that recipient will be shown in your recent conversations area from now on.

On A Mobile Device:

STEP 1- Launch the Facebook Messenger app on your Android/iPhone device.

STEP 2- Go to the search bar & simply type in the name of the person you wish to unarchive messages of.

STEP 3- Select the friend’s account whose chat you have archived accidentally > open the message thread and type in a new message.

As soon as you tap the blue send button, the entire archived conversation will be moved to your recent conversations area.

Facebook and WhatsApp Archived Chats

Quick Tip: You can even search for particular keywords within an archived conversation Facebook.com (not with the Messenger app) using the ‘Search in Conversations” option. You can find the feature on the right side of the opened chat.

Bottom Line

As you saw, you do not have to worry much about your archived messages on Facebook or WhatsApp. You can easily find all your Messenger/WhatsApp Archived Chats on any device & recover them by using the methods mentioned above.  In case you’re wondering about how to recover permanently deleted messages on Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, here’s a complete guide for both:

Also Read:
How to Recover Deleted Facebook Account


  • comment_avtar
    The new beta update for WhatsApp’s Android client does not bring any major change or new features to the table. The only noticeable change is that the “Archived chats” tool can now be accessed from the home page by tapping on the three-dot icon at the top. Thanks to the relocation, users no longer have to scroll all the way down in the chat feed to locate the archived chats. Users can now tap the “Archived chats” option to access their archived chats.

    4 years ago
  • comment_avtar
    Noorullah Hanif
    hello sir , its possibe to find massenger photo and vedios sending by friend and he removed .

    4 years ago

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