How to See Your First Messages With Someone on Facebook

Below, you’ll find four different guides on how to see and save your old Facebook messages. If you follow these guides, you’ll be able to see your first Facebook message with someone (as long as Facebook hasn’t deleted it), save all of your messages for safe keeping or simply take a stroll down memory lane.

Last tested on February 5th, 2016.

Very Easy

If you’d like the quickest, easiest, way to see your first message, follow this guide. However, you’ll need to remember what you said or one of the keywords.

Easy

If you want an easy way to backup all your messages and an easy way to see your first message if you don’t remember how it went, follow this guide. However, this method lists all your messages in one giant page so you’ll have to do some sifting to find it. Additionally, Facebook makes you wait up to a day to receive the download.

Moderate

This method is the best if you want to see your first messages with a specific person, don’t remember how it went and don’t fell like waiting up to a day for your download. I personally think most people will choose this method because it’s still easy as long as you follow the steps carefully.

Difficult

If you want to backup and save your messages with someone in a clean PDF form, this is the guide for you. Be prepared to work for it though, as it may take quite some time if you wish to save a lot of messages.


Very Easy:

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/messages/
  2. Search for the topic you were talking about when you first started talking using the search bar.
  3. Find the conversation and click into it.
  4. That’s it!

Easy:

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/settings
  2. Toward the bottom, click “Download a copy of your Facebook data.”
  3. Enter your password and then wait for Facebook to email you a download link.Image
  4. Re-enter your password and then wait for it to finish downloading.
  5. Open the file you downloaded (you will have to extract/unzip it) and click into your username. You’ll see an html file called “index.html” – click that.
  6. When it opens, click messages and there’s everything! Hopefully your computer is powerful enough to open up ALL your Facebook messages at once!
  7. Ctrl (or Command) +F is your friend.

 

Moderate:

  1. Go to http://m.facebook.com/messages/ (Notice that this is the mobile version of Facebook for phones.)
  2. Click the person you want to see the first message with.
  3. Right click the ”See older messages” button and click “open in new tab.”

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  4. The link that will appear in a new tab should look something like this:
  5. Now change the start=5 to start=a high number like 70000
    • A hint to find this magic number is to go to the normal “Full Conversation” on the desktop/normal site and as you scroll up, you’ll quickly see a number at the top next to “Loading Older Messages…” That’s your number.Screenshot (8)
  6. Finally, delete a portion of  the URL after the “&” symbol from number you just changed up to the next “&” symbol. You’re essentially removing the text that says “&last_message_timestamp=xxxxxxxxxxx
    • So, in my link, I would delete only the bold text: https://m.facebook.com/messages/read/?tid=1crhw%2FE%2Fy6pbBXu1aQ2xFg&start=5000&last_message_timestamp=1454723781183&pagination_direction=1&show_delete_message_button&refid=12
  7. You might still have to click “See older messages” a bit to get to the first few, but it’s nothing compared to going through 50,000+ messages first!

 

Difficult:

If you’re like me and you want to save every single message with someone because you don’t trust Facebook’s servers or if you just want a clean way to view your messages with someone to reminisce, you’re in the right place! No matter the reason, here’s my best attempt to explain how to save them all! Make sure you have a good computer if you plan on doing this method!

  1. To start, open up a browser like Google Chrome that has a print to PDF function.
  2. Go to http://m.facebook.com/messages/ (Notice that this is the mobile version of Facebook for phones.)
  3. Click the person you want to see the first message with.
  4. Download an auto mouse clicker app such as “Free Mouse Auto Clicker” for Windows or “Auto Mouse Clicker”  for Mac.
  5. Script your computer to systematically click the “See older messages” button and repeat after a second or so. This is where you’re going to need a good computer because many browsers crash once the RAM is maxed out.
  6. After the computer starts to slow down, which it will, stop the auto clicker, click print and choose save as PDF. My computer can usually make it through a few months of messages before you need to make a PDF.
  7. Make sure to check images and uncheck headers if you’re using Chrome.
  8. Right click the ”See older messages” button again and click “open in new tab.” Close the full and slow tab.
  9. Now all you have to do is repeat the process!

I wish you luck, as this is the hardest method of saving your messages, but the most rewarding. If you need help, I’m always here! Just don’t ask about how to use the Macro app. You just have to Google around or read the help document if you’re stuck.

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Want to see where you’ve been for the past few years?

Unless you opted out of location history when you set up your phone,  your phone has been periodically tracking your location. Want to see for yourself?

On an iPhone with iOS 7, go to settings, privacy, location services, system services and click frequent locations. That’s it. You’ll be able to see a recent-limited view of the places you spend the most time at.

If you have an Android, you’re probably being tracked too. To see it on Androids, it’s just as easy but you’ll have to use a computer. You can see much farther back and you can see many more location plots than the iPhone users can – whether that’s bad or good is completely up to you.

google scary

First, go to this site: https://maps.google.com/locationhistory/b/0/. Do you see where you’ve been today? If so, congratulations! You’re being tracked dozens of times a day by Google! Click “Show 30 Days” if you want to see a much better range of places. That’s about it! It’s pretty simple to see where you’ve been across a whole month!

If you’re like me however, you want to see it all. All the location history Google has ever picked up about you. I figure, since they’re tracking me anyway, I might as well make a cool map of the places I’ve been out of it!

On the same page, right click “Export to KML” and copy the URL. Paste it into another tab and change the “starttime” number to something drastically lower. If you want more detailed instructions on this first step, click here. The original source suggests using Google Earth but when I did that, I was able to see only a certain limit of points and trails. I want to see ALL of them. But depending on the amount of points you have, you might be finished with this step! Just use the slider to extend the amount of time it shows.

For me, though, I had to follow a few more steps. First, I downloaded and installed Python from here. Then I downloaded this script from here. Lastly, download this file here. Open up a command prompt and type: “[Find Python on your computer by going to the C: drive and looking for a folder named pythonXY. Click it and drag python.exe into the window] [Drag the script from wherever you downloaded it into the window] [Now drag the last file you downloaded here] [Drag that same file again here and change the “json” to “kml”] Click enter and it should create a file in the same folder as where you downloaded the json file.

It should look something like this: “C:\Python33\python.exe C:\Users\James\Desktop\latitude-json-converter-master\latitude_json_converter.py “C:\Users\James\Desktop\Location History\LocationHistory.json” C:\Users\James\Desktop\Location History\LocationHistory.kml”

Now fire up Google Drive. You’re almost done! Click here and follow the steps to get Fusion Tables into Drive.  You’re going to upload that converted file and wait until it finishes (Might be a few minutes depending on how many points you have) and that’s it! You’re done! Click “Map of Geometry” and you’ll see an insane number of points – You’ll notice how many points are centered around your work and home. Enjoy!

If I helped you at all with this guide, be sure to like this page on top of the site! And feel free to ask questions if you get stuck!

Update: If you want an easy way to see your location data without going through the above steps, click through to this site:

https://theopolis.me/location-history-visualizer/

 

How much exactly has technology changed?

As any young toddler would say, arms as wide as physically possible, this much!

Above is a picture of two technological devices – Look at that fancy vocabulary. One is a .8 GB Hard Drive and the other is an 8 GB Flash Drive. One was used as an entire computer’s data source. One holds both important files and an emergency version of Ubuntu for when I screw up my computer. It happens. Enough said.