In this tutorial, we are going to let you know how you can download Facebook Chat history to your PC/Computer. Using the methods mentioned here it is possible to download all the Facebook chats, conversations with a certain friend and even save the chats for specific dates.
Why someone would want to download Facebook chat history can vary from person to person. For example, the chat history might be with someone who passed away, and you don’t want that chat to get lost.
Or, maybe the conversation was just so funny that you want to keep it so you can read it over and over. Whatever the reason is, chats are digital memories that you want to keep. There are a few ways you can do it, but it’s just up to you to choose the one that’s easier for you.
1. Download Facebook Chat History with a Chrome Extension
There’s a good chance that if you probably just want to download a particular chat and not every single one you’ve ever participated in. If what you want is to download every chat you’ve been in, I’ll show you how you can do that later.
To download a particular Facebook chat, you’re going to need to download a Chrome extension called Message/Chat Downloader. This is a very useful Chrome extension since it can also download chat from specific dates as well.
What the extension does is that it creates an HTML web page of that chat of your interest. After that, the Chrome extension saves the web page as a PDF or HTML.
Hopefully, you’ve already installed the Chrome extension but if you haven’t go ahead and do that first. Once it’s all set up, log into your Facebook account and open the chat that you want to download.
When the small window pops up click on the cog wheel and choose to open the conversation in Messenger. The extension’s icon should now turn blue, and when you click on it, you’ll be asked to choose a date range. This is the time frame of the conversation you want to download. For example, you may only want to download what you talked about between March 29 and April 1st.
This is the time frame of the conversation you want to download. For example, you may only want to download what you talked about between March 29 and April 1st. Once you’ve chosen the dates, click on the Apply button at the bottom.
Now tap on the Start button so the downloading can begin, and once the downloading is complete, you’ll see all your conversations in a new tab. You can choose to save it the way you want, including as a PDF.
You’ll see the chats as they appear on Facebook Messenger but hopefully, an option to download the chat as a file directly to your computer is coming soon.
2. How to Download Chats by Downloading Facebook data
After login to your Facebook account go to Settings, and at the bottom, you should see the Download a copy of your Facebook data option. After clicking on this option, you’re going to see a Download Archive button in the middle of the pop-up.
By clicking on that option, a request is sent to Facebook. You should get an Email with a download link. When you click on that link, Facebook sends you’ll be taken to the Facebook data download page. Once there, click on the Download archive button.
Be prepared to type in your password and right after you enter it a ZIP file is going to download onto your computer. You can quickly open the archive using any archiving software.
In the HTML folder of your computer, you’ll see the messages.htm file that has your chats but in a block format. This is an excellent method if you don’t want to download or install any extensions or Softwares.
3. How to Download Facebook Chats with a Web App
A third method you can try is a web app called Facebook Chat Downloader. It’s a very easy to use web app that allows you to download your Facebook chats. You can choose from formats such as CSV, Plain Text, JSON file. The first thing that the web app is going to ask you for your Facebook login credentials.
Once you’re in you’ll see all your Facebook chats. Besides the chats, you can also see your friends DP’s, their names and the number of messages in each chat.
The last message you should see should be the one you had with the person. You should also see three options as to how you can download the chat. Download the one you want, and you’re all set.
The great thing about chats is that you can read them as many times as you want. If you can’t remember the joke, your friend sent you, all you have to do is scroll through your conversations.
Unlike regular conversations where once it’s said it all depends that you remember what that person said. I hope that you’ve found the method that best fits your needs to download Facebook chat history. Which one are you going to use? Leave a comment and let me know.