How to See the First Message on Facebook Messenger Without Scrolling?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to See the First Message on Facebook Messenger Without Scrolling?

Do you want to find specific messages in Facebook Messenger but don’t want to scroll to the top? Understandable.

Do these to see the first message on Facebook Messenger without scrolling:

  1. Search for specific keywords in the conversation
  2. Download your data and search for the messages

Below, you’ll find a detailed guide on how to apply each solution to find your first messages on Facebook Messenger without scrolling!

Search for Specific Keywords in the Conversation

The easiest method of finding a message on Messenger is searching for keywords in the conversation.

Let me explain – Messenger has a feature that lets you search for a specific message using keywords that you or the other person may have used in the message.

For this to work, you must be fairly sure about a word you or the other person used in that conversation.

The word has to be pretty specific and somewhat “special” because if you search for the word “and“, you can probably imagine you’ll find countless results.

If the message was about bees, for instance, you might want to search for “bees” or “wings” or “pollen” to find that message.

Follow the steps below to see how you can do that:

1. Select a friend’s chat

Facebook Messenger Chats page where a friend's conversation is highlighted in red
Facebook Messenger Chats page where a friend’s conversation is highlighted in red

Open Facebook Messenger and select the conversation where you sent the message if you have too many conversations to scroll through, use the search bar at the top to find it easier.

Select it and proceed with the guide!

2. Tap on that person’s name

Once you open your friend’s conversation, look at the top of the chat page for their name and profile picture. Tap on either way to open their profile settings.

3. Select “Search in conversation

Messenger friend's profile settings showing the "Search in conversation" option highlighted in red
Messenger friend’s profile settings showing the “Search in conversation” option highlighted in red

After you open your friend’s profile settings, scroll through the options until you find the “Search in conversation” option.

That’s what you’re looking for. Tap on it to continue!

4. Search for keywords

Messenger "Search in conversation" window where you can search for keywords in a friend's chat
The Messenger “Search in conversation” window allows you to search for keywords in a friend’s chat.

Type in a word that comes to mind that you think was included in the message you’re looking for. Then, hit “Search” to find all messages that include that word.

Messenger search results showing all the messages that include the searched keyword
Messenger search results show all the messages that include the searched keyword.

After you hit “Search“, you’ll be redirected to a page that shows you all the messages that contain the keyword you searched for.

Scroll through the messages to find the one you’re looking for. Remember, if the search term is too generic, you won’t find what you’re looking for.

Try searching for more unique words specific to the topic of the message you’re looking for.

If you can’t use this method or find the message you’re looking for, try the second method on this list. Keep reading!

Download Your Data from Facebook Messenger

The second method is to download your data from Facebook Messenger and find the first message from a chat through the downloaded file.

Here’s how to do that:

1. Select your profile in Messenger

Messenger "Chats" page where your profile picture is highlighted in the top-left corner
Messenger “Chats” page where your profile picture is highlighted in the top-left corner

To download your data from Messenger, you’ll need to open your profile settings, and to do that; you have to select your profile picture in the top-left corner.

Move to the next step once you do that!

2. Go to “Account settings

Messenger profile settings where the "Account settings" option is highlighted in red
Messenger profile settings where the “Account settings” option is highlighted in red

Once you open your profile settings on Messenger, you’ll be redirected to a page with multiple options. From this page, you can control your notifications, scroll the photos you sent, sync your phone contacts, and more.

To download your data, scroll down until you find the “Account settings” option. And then select it!

3. Select “Download profile information

Facebook settings where the "Download profile information" option is highlighted in red
Facebook settings where the “Download profile information” option is highlighted in red

After you open your profile settings and go to the account settings on Facebook, you should see a page with various options like “Privacy“, “Ads“, “Account information“, and so on.

Scroll through the page and find the “Download profile information” option. Select it and proceed with the guide!

4. Select “Deselect all

Messenger "Download profile information" page with the "Deselect all" button next to things you can download highlighted in red
Messenger “Download profile information” page with the “Deselect all” button next to things you can download highlighted in red

On this page, you’ll see a complete list of all your activities on Facebook, which you can download in an archive.

This information includes messages you’ve sent, votes, saved collections, profile information, pages, and so on.

If you only want your messages, I recommend tapping on “Deselect all” to avoid downloading irrelevant stuff.

5. Select your messages

Facebook settings showing the "Messages" option highlighted in red
Facebook settings showing the “Messages” option highlighted in red

Once you deselect everything in the list, select the Messages” option to ensure you only download your messages from Facebook Messenger.

After you check the “Messages” option, continue with the guide!

6. Select “Create File

Facebook "Download data" page where the "Create File" option is highlighted at the bottom of the page
Facebook “Download data” page where the “Create File” option is highlighted at the bottom of the page

After you select “Messages“, you’re ready to download your data. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap on “Create File“.

Facebook has to first prepare your data to be downloaded, so you’ll have to wait a bit.

7. Download the data

Facebook profile data page where you can see the "Download" button highlighted
Facebook profile data page where you can see the “Download” button highlighted

It shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes for Facebook to prepare the data for you. Refresh the page from time to time.

Once you can download the data, tap on “Download” and wait for it to finish downloading.

8. Open the archive

Android "Downloads" folder where you can see the Facebook data archive highlighted in red
Android “Downloads” folder where you can see the Facebook data archive highlighted in red

Once the archive finishes downloading, go to the “Downloads” folder and find the archive. Tap on it to open its settings.

9. Select “Extract files to…

Android downloaded archive menu showing the "Extract files to...'
Android downloaded archive menu showing the “Extract files to…

To open the archive, you’ll need to extract the files to a specific folder in your phone. Select “Extract files to…” and continue with the next steps!

10. Select a folder

Android "Extract files to...i" menu where you can select a folder to extract the archive to
Android “Extract files to…i” menu where you can select a folder to extract the archive to

A new page will open up, showing you various folders in your internal storage to which you can extract the archive.

I recommend extracting it in the “Documents” folder or another similar folder you know how to find. Select the folder!

11. Select “Extract

Android "Extract files to..." page where the "Extract" button is highlighted in red
Android “Extract files to…” page where the “Extract” button is highlighted in red

After choosing a folder, tap “Extract” at the bottom of the page to extract the archive, you’ll need to wait for a few seconds until the archive finishes extracting everything.

12. Open the folder

Android "Documents" folder, where the archive was extracted, showing the "facebook" folder highlighted
Android “Documents” folder, where the archive was extracted, showing the “facebook” folder highlighted

Once the archive finishes extracting, navigate to the folder where you extracted it, and find the “facebook” folder. Open it to find your messages.

13. Open the “messages” folder

Android "facebook" folder showing the "messages" folder highlighted in red
Android “facebook” folder showing the “messages” folder highlighted in red

After opening the “facebook” folder, you should see the “messages” folder somewhere. Tap on it and follow the next steps!

14. Select “inbox

Android phone messages folder showing the "Inbox" folder highlighted
Android phone messages folder showing the “Inbox” folder highlighted

Once you open the “Messages” folder, find the “inbox” folder and open that. That’s where you’ll find your Messenger messages.

15. Select a friend’s folder

Android "inbox" folder where a Messenger friend's folder is highlighted
Android “inbox” folder where a Messenger friend’s folder is highlighted

Once you open the “Inbox” folder, you should see multiple folders named after your friends. Open the folder corresponding to the person to whom you sent the message you want to find.

16. Open the HTML message files

Android Messenger conversation folder showing the "message" HTML files highlighted
Android Messenger conversation folder showing the “message” HTML files highlighted

After opening your friend’s folder, you should see a couple of “message” files, starting with the number 1. They’re HTML files, so you’ll be taken to a webpage once you open one.

Depending on the length of your conversation with the other person, there may be 2-4-6 or upwards of 10 “message” files.

Open each of them individually and search for the message. You can use the CTRL+F function on each webpage to comb through the messages and search for keywords.

Leave a comment below if you have any questions or if you know other ways to search for messages on Messenger without scrolling!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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