How To Search Facebook Messenger And FB Messages UPDATED 2020

How to Search Facebook Messenger on Desktop and Mobile

Searching Facebook Messenger on Android, iPhone, iPad, and Desktop

Does the below Facebook Messenger search situation describe any experience you’ve had?

It’s Amazon Prime Day at 11:49 pm. I’ve decided to snag that amazing deal my friend was telling me about on Facebook Messenger earlier in the day, but I can only find it with her link. I can’t call her at almost midnight – that’s rude! Now the sale’s almost over. What can I do?

It’s what prompted me to learn how to search for everything in Facebook Messenger.

No longer shall I scroll up ten pages of messages to find information!

Facebook Messenger is a significant communication tool for many of us. It sends messages, phone calls, video calls, SMS (text) messages, has cute GIF’s.

In fact, well over one billion people use Facebook Messenger!

So why would Facebook hide the simple functionality of search from us?

It’s infuriating. Albeit, it’s not so much hidden as tough to locate.

I’d like to save you time by teaching you how to search Facebook Messenger.

I’m going to show you how to search Facebook Messenger on the Android, iPhone, and iPad apps, and then on the desktop.

Let’s dive in!

How to Search Messenger Using Android

UPDATED for 2019 – You can now search directly in Facebook Messenger on Android.

Facebook finally added this much-needed functionality!

Step 1:

Firstly, you need to click on any conversation in the Messenger app installed on your phone.

Step 2:

Once in the conversation, in the upper right corner you will see an “i” in a circle that you can click (see below).

How to search the Facebook Messenger App

Step 3: Once you have clicked on the “circled i” in the upper right, it’s as easy as clicking “Search In Conversation.” Pretty easy, no?

Search Facebook Messenger for messages

How to Search Messenger using the iPhone or iPad

Searching on the iPhone is similar to Android. However, instead of clicking the “i in a circle” you simply tap the person’s head.

Once you tap the person’s head, it will open up a screen like the one below where you can search for messages.

Search Facebook Messenger on iPhone

Note for iPad users – You will find a general search option in the upper left corner. Unfortunately, this does not allow you to search directly within individual conversations.

Messenger Search on Desktop – UPDATED 2020

In addition to the changes Facebook made for mobile apps above, they also changed the way you can search Messenger on the desktop.

Getting to our conversations now requires an extra step than before.

There are two ways to get to all of your Messenger chats to search them.

If you click on this while logged into Facebook, it will take you to all of your messages:

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While the other way is through the menu.

Step 1:

Click on the Facebook Messenger icon in the top navigation for Facebook.

Step 2:

Then, click on the link at the bottom of your messages that says, “See All in Messenger.”

Search Facebook messages on desktop

Step 3: 

Now, search Facebook messages for anything! It can be a restaurant mentioned in a Facebook chat months ago, the juicy discount code your friend sent you, or anything you need to find.

Search Facebook Messenger conversations on desktop


I hope these tips on how to search Facebook Messenger, and how find to find your FB messages are helpful. Please consider sharing this post if it may help others.

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