How to Delete Facebook Email History

Written by dustin thornton
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Along with a powerful social networking platform, Facebook now incorporates e-mail into your Facebook Messages feature, allowing you to send and receive e-mail at your own personal e-mail address. This makes it easy to manage all of your contacts in one place. Facebook uses message threading, which shows an e-mail message along with all responses from both correspondents grouped together. Unfortunately Facebook as of April 2011 does not allow users to mass-delete Facebook e-mail history; however you can manually delete each threaded group of messages in your e-mail history one at a time.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch your preferred Web browser and open the Facebook home page at Enter your login details into the "Email" and "Password" field in the top right side of the page and click on "Login." If already logged in, skip this step.

  2. 2

    Click on "Messages" below your profile picture on the left side of the page to access Facebook "Messages," which manages your Facebook e-mail account.

  3. 3

    Click the magnifying glass drop-down menu in the top right corner of the screen and select "Email Only." A list of all e-mail messages sent and received will appear.

  4. 4

    Click on the first message to view the conversation. Facebook uses message threading, showing responses to a message below the original message.

  5. 5

    Click the "Actions" drop-down menu in the top right corner of the screen and select "Delete Messages."

  6. 6

    Click the "Delete All" button below the list of messages. A dialogue box will appear.

  7. 7

    Click "Delete Conversation" to delete all messages associated with the thread. Click the "Emails" button in the top right corner of the page to return to your list of e-mails. The group of messages you just deleted will no longer show.

  8. 8

    Repeat Steps 4 through 7 for each message group in your e-mail history that you want to delete permanently.

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