How to search messages by date on new Facebook

Have you ever had a need to search messages by date in Facebook and found out there there is no simple way to do that ? . Well , We had the same problem .After days of research and tests we where able to find the best and easiest method to search messages by date in Facebook. Why ? , You may ask . There are few reasons to search messages by date .  It’s easy to remember the day or date range that conversation happen rather than remembering the parts of the conversation that happen in the past Or some one may simply wants to check the conversation happen on a specific date in the past .In this method we are going to select a date range and download messages that happen during that period of days .Then you can easily go through these messages with the help of the web browsers build in search feature to find out the conversation that you needs. In this tutorial series , lets find some innovative solutions for these problems.

Facebook messenger always very helpful when its comes to messaging. It’s one of the most popular tool in modern social media when it comes to messaging . However , Some users may find it difficult to use the search tool that is build in the messenger. Facebook messenger have changed a lot over the time .Lots of features have been added but some of the features requested by the users are still missing .One of the feature is the ability to search for the messages that has been sent in a specific date (Search by date).  Although , you can search messages by using specific term that made in that conversation. But , you still cant search for messages by specific date. This is one of the most important features that Facebook messenger is missing. The only way that you would be able to do this in the messenger is by scrolling. This might be a easy task for small conversations. But , For a long conversations that years old this will be a pain in the neck . It’s a waste of your valuable time.  In this tutorial lets look how to fix this problem step by step using alternative easy methods .

Find messages by specific date

Facebook Top right menu

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

search messages by date - 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.

search messages by date - Facebook Settings page

Facebook Settings page

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

Download Your information Facebook

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

Deselect All Facebook download your information

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.

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

search messages by date - Check & Select Messages

Check & Select Messages

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) .Click “OK” .Then click on “Create File” button .Keep in mind that the file size depends on the size and the content of the conversation . If you don’t want a bigger file size , keep the date period narrow .

Facebook Download nortification

Facebook Download notification

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

Facebook select your download

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 on “save file” if your browser ask you about downloading the file. Wait until the file fully downloaded .

search messages by date - Extract Facebook file

Extract Facebook file

Go to the downloaded .zip file location and right click on the file and select Extract All (Windows Explorer) or Extract Here (If you have WINRAR installed in your system , which will extract the content of .zip file in the same location)  . If you choose “Extract All”. Then , 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 that happen on that day. ..

Conclusion – Search messages by date new Facebook


Facebook messenger doesn’t have any option to search by date option . Only way was to scroll throughout the conversation until you reach that date. But , It’s a waste of your time and effort . The best alternative quick method to search messages by date is by creating a copy or a backup of your messenger data for specific date or dates ( Using date filers ) and downloading that copy of your Facebook messenger data .Then , open that messenger data in a web browser. Use the build-in search feature of your web browser  to go through the messages .This method is very easy and useful .Because , Not only you can see the conversation for that specific date but also you can keep this file in your local drive for future reference . Hopefully , someday Facebook may include this feature in the future so that users doesn’t have to go through all these measures to find a simple conversation happen in the past

1 comment

  • Neesha 6 months ago

    Thank you !… you saved lots of my valuable time !

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