How to download Facebook chat messages to PC

Looking for an offline record of your Facebook chat messages? Earlier it was cumbersome because in order to get a copy of your Facebook chat messages, you had to request for a copy of whole of your Facebook profile data. Once you request, Facebook sends it to email and then you had to extract your messages using any zip extractor.

The messages’ file that you get along with this requested copy shows conversation with multiple people. What if you want to get it with only person that you chatted with? Well, there is a simpler way to do this now. Lets see how.

Also see: How to use Facebook securely

Download Facebook chat messages to PC

In order to download Facebook chat messages to PC, you will have to use Google’s Chrome browser. So follow these following steps once you have Chrome ready on your PC.

Step 1: Login to your Facebook profile and open a conversation from Facebook message inbox. Open conversation as shown in the image below.

facebook message inbox

Step 2: Download a RAR file for the Chrome extension Messages Saver for Facebook™ from here. After downloading, extract it somewhere on your PC.

Step 3: Go to Chrome extensions page on your browser and turn on the developer mode.

Step 4: Click on load unpacked extension and choose the file extracted in the step 2.

Step 5: Select whether you want a plain html file, rich html file or a zip file using options of the extension. To get these options, right click on the extension and choose options. You will get the options as shown in the image below.

facebook chat downloader options

Step 6: Go back to Facebook conversation that you have selected and click the extension button.

Step 7: Select the date and the number of messages to be saved. You can not enter the date earlier than the date of your first message in the conversation. For the entire conversation, keep it unchanged as it selects the date of the last message by default. Once done, click save.

facebook chat downloader

It will download a html or a zip file depending on the option that you have selected in step 5. The plain file looks cluttered and the zip file does not show links properly. For the best results, you can select rich html file as it includes media attachments and links too.

Open the downloaded html file using Chrome browser and it will show the Facebook conversation that you have selected. Now, you can either keep it as it is for offline record or you can print it for physical record. Lets see how you can print it.

Print Facebook chat conversation

Step 1: Open the downloaded html file in Chrome browser.

Step 2: Right click on the page and choose to print it.

This method of downloading and printing Facebook chat messages is much convenient than the traditional method. You can get a copy of your downloaded chat messages in fewer steps and also readability of the downloaded file is good. All your media attachments like photos and videos stay as it is. You can also click on the links while you are connected to the internet.

Neither the Facebook desktop site nor its messenger app allows to email conversation like WhatsApp. It does not even allow to download the conversation directly from the Facebook message inbox. So this method is feasible.

  • Callie Wheat

    I have tried accessing the Facebook Chat Downloader and get this message: Item not found. This item may have been removed by its author.
    Do you know if this extension is no longer available? Is there any other option?

    • Yes, it looks like the extension is currently unavailable. You can get a copy of your Facebook data from the settings in your Facebook account. It contains messages too. You can also wait for the extension. Author might have removed temporarily.

      • You can check now as the extension is working now…:)