Discord allows users to delete their messages on the chat.
Deleted messages aren’t visible to anyone, not even moderators and the server owner.
How to see deleted messages on Discord?
Do the below to see deleted messages on Discord:
- Install BetterDiscord
- Download MessageLoggerV2
- Add MessageLoggerV2 to plugins and enable it
- Go to the Logs of your server
This guide will explain how you can see deleted messages on Discord in more detail.
Keep reading to find out how you can do this!
How Can You See Deleted Messages on Discord?
By default, you can’t do that.
Discord doesn’t have a feature where you can see deleted messages.
This is why you’ll need to download BetterDiscord, the unofficial add-on to Discord.
Download it, install it, and then download the MessageLoggerV2 plugin. This is what you’ll be using to see the deleted messages.
After downloading MessageLoggerV2, add it to the BetterDiscord plugins and enable it.
Finally, go to your server’s logs, and you’ll see all users’ edited or deleted messages.
Follow the steps below to do this:
1. Download BetterDiscord
First, you need to download the BetterDiscord add-on for Discord.
If you already have BetterDiscord, skip to “Step 3”
Use Google to search for “BetterDiscord” and click on the first link.
Officially, BetterDiscord is named “The Discord Enhancement Project.”
It’s not an official improvement made by the Discord team, so they don’t encourage users to use it.
However, the add-on has gone through several security checks, and there’s nothing wrong with it.
10+ million users are using it without any issues.
Once you open the website, you need to click on “Download”
On the homepage of the BetterDiscord website, you’ll see the “Download” button.
The latest version is always available on the homepage, so you don’t have to worry about downloading an outdated version.
2. Install BetterDiscord
Now that you’ve downloaded BetterDiscord, you also need to install it.
- Step 1 – Open the Installer kit on your Desktop, agree with the license agreement, and click on “Next”
You must agree with the license agreement when you first open the BetterDiscord installer.
Check the box that says “I accept the license agreement” and then click on “Next.”
- Step 2 – Choose “Install BetterDiscord”
The second step is choosing what to do with the BetterDiscord Installer.
If you don’t have the add-on installed, you’ll want to install it.
So, choose the first option – ”Install BetterDiscord.”
- Step 3 – Choose a Discord variant and install BetterDiscord
The last step of installing BetterDiscord is choosing a variant of Discord.
After all, BetterDiscord is an add-on for Discord itself.
If you’re like most people, you only have one option: Discord.
Choose it and then click on “Install.” The add-on will install in a couple of seconds.
When you’re done, it’s time to move on to the next step.
3. Download MessageLoggerV2
Now that you’ve installed BetterDiscord, you need one more thing to see deleted Messages on Discord.
You need MessageLoggerV2, a plugin for BetterDiscord that lets you see deleted messages.
Go to gitlab.io. You’ll need to download it first. It should be the third link if you search for “MessageLoggerV2” on Google.
Once you get to the website, it’s all a matter of clicking on “Download” under the “MessageLoggerV2”.
Once you do this, the plugin will download automatically.
After you download it, it’s time to install and use it.
4. Add MessageLoggerV2 as a plugin to Discord
Now you have to add MessageLoggerV2 as a plugin to Discord. This is the only way it’s going to work.
- Step 1 – Go to User Settings (gear icon)
To add a plugin, you need to go to your User Settings, not your Server Settings.
Look at the bottom of the app for a gear icon. That’s where the User Settings are. Click on it.
- Step 2 – Select “Plugins”
Once you get to the User Settings, look for the “Plugins” option. You’ll need to scroll down until you see the “BetterDiscord” menu.
Under it, look for the “Plugins” option and click on it.
- Step 3 – Click on “Open Plugin Folder”
You need to install the MessageLoggerV2 by placing it in the Discord plugin folder.
The fastest way to do this is to click on “Open plugin folder.”
This will open the Discord plugin folder, so you must drag MessageLoggerV2 to this folder.
- Step 4 – Drag the MessageLoggerV2 to the Plugin folder
The MessageLoggerV2 is only one file. When you downloaded it, it should have gone to your Desktop automatically.
That’s where you’ll find it.
Drag and drop it to the folder you just opened by clicking on “Open plugin folder” on Discord.
After you do this, the plugin will appear automatically in your Discord plugin interface.
Step 5 – Enable the MessageLoggerV2 plugin
Now that you’ve placed the MessageLoggerV2 in the plugin folder, you’ll notice that it has also appeared on Discord.
You’ll need to enable it for it to function first. Notice that there’s a checkbox to the right of the plugin name.
Tap on it to activate MessageLoggerV2.
At this point, Discord will tell you that you need to install updates for two more plugins – “XenoLib” and “ZeresPluginLibrary.”
Install those updates as well, and make sure to check them too.
You must have all three plugins enabled to see deleted messages on Discord.
After you enable these plugins, you’re done. Now, you should be able to see deleted messages on the Discord chat.
5. See deleted messages on Discord
To see deleted messages on the Discord chat, right-click on the chat.
Then, select “Message Logger” and click on “Open Logs.”
This will open a new window where you can see all the deleted messages from that chat.
You have several categories to move through – “Deleted,” “Edited,” “Purged,” and “Ghosted.”
Go to the “Deleted” category and move through the messages. Those are deleted messages that people, or you, have deleted on the chat.
Discord doesn’t let you see deleted messages by default.
You’ll need BetterDiscord and MessageLoggerV2 to do this.
Download them both, install BetterDiscord and place MessageLoggerV2 in the plugin folder.
Then, enable MessageLoggerV2 and all other related plugins.
After doing this, you’ll be able to check the logs for a specific chat. That’s where you’ll find all the deleted messages.
How long does Discord keep deleted messages?
Discord doesn’t keep deleted messages at all. Discord deletes all messages permanently and doesn’t keep them in its databases.
You won’t be able to recover deleted messages unless you’re using a third-party tool like MessageLoggerV2.
This means you must be careful about the messages you delete on Discord.
One wrong click and your message could be gone forever.
If it’s something important like an image you can’t recover otherwise, that’s unfortunate.
Does Discord delete old messages?
No, it doesn’t. Your messages will remain there for as long as your account is active.
If you delete them yourself, then they’ll disappear forever.
But if you don’t delete them, Discord will leave them.
However, all the messages you sent will be deleted if you delete your account.
This means all the messages on all your joined servers will be deleted permanently.
Even your chats with your friends will disappear.