How go to the beginning of a Facebook conversation

There are lot of questions regarding Facebook features specially functions of Facebook messenger .One of the most asked question is how to scroll up to the beginning of a conversation in Facebook or to see the fist message of a Facebook conversation .The short answer is , you have to use the scroll wheel of your mouse .

But what if it was a long conversation dated back to years.Facebook doesn’t provide any tool to go to the beginning of your messages .But There are alternative ways to pull this out .Here is a step by step guide how to –

Facebook top right drop menu

Facebook top right drop menu & Privacy menu

Log in to your Facebook account and in the home page click on the drop down icon (▼)  at the top-right corner . Select “Settings and Privacy” from the drop down menu.

Facebook top right settings & Privacy menu

Facebook top right settings & Privacy menu

In the “Settings & Privacy” drop down menu select “ Settings” option. Which will take you to the Facebook settings page.

Facebook Settings page

Facebook Settings page

In the Facebook settings page click on “Your Facebook Information” in the left side of the window .

Your Facebook information

Your Facebook information

In the “Your Facebook Information” page click on “Download Your Information

Deselect All

Deselect All

In the Download Your Information page click on “Deselect All” , Which will uncheck every item in the list of things you wants to download.

Check & Select Messages

Check & Select Messages

Now scroll down , click and check “Messages” .Then Press the “Home” button of your keyboard or scroll up to the top of the page.

Selecting The Date

We are about to download the messages .If you can remember the range of dates (start date & end date )of the conversation you can filter out lot of unwanted messages and you can reduce the file size that about to download.
Start date – You don’t want to know the exact date , You can guess a day , before the day you started your conversation . One of the way to guess the first day of the conversation is the day you become someones friend Here is how to know the day you become someones friend in facebook .
End date  –  You don’t want all the messages , Specially recent messages. E.g- You can filter out the conversation happen in this year.
If you have decided the start date and the end date .

Facebook Download info date range

Select date

Click on “Date Range” and select the date that you wants in the first calendar (First calendar) and the day after that in the second calendar  (Right side) .If you cant decide the date range there is only one option download it all . Click on All of my data button at the bottom left of the date range calendar .Click “OK” .Then click on “Create File” button .

If you wants to reduce the file size further , Click on Media Quality drop down menu and select Low option.

Facebook Download nortification

Facebook Download nortification

Wait until you receive a notification from Facebook stating “Your Facebook Information file is ready to download” . Click on it or visit your Archives Here.

Facebook select your download

Select your download file

Locate the first or the correct download file from the list .Click on Download .Facebook will ask you for your password . Type your password and  click “Submit” .Your file will start downloading . Click save file if your browser ask you about downloading the file.

Extract Facebook file

Extract downloaded file

Go to the downloaded .zip file location and right click on the file and select Extract All or Extract , Choose a location by clicking on “Browse” button. Click on Extract . If you have WinrRar installed in your system right click on the file and select “Extract Here” to extract the files in the same location.

Facebook view downloaded messages

view your message

locate the extracted files and double click on the “Index.html” . Which will open in the web browser .Click on “Your Messages”  and select the contact that you want to see the messages from. That’s it , Now you can see the conversation start date to end date in a single page . Easy to read no loading required .

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