How to Print Facebook Messages
The need to print Facebook messages might arise for a variety of reasons, including legal situations, sentimental purposes, or just to have a backup. In any case, there are a number of ways to download and print them. Depending on what platform you use to access your messages— typically Facebook.com or the Messenger app— the processes you go through can look vastly different.
Here, we’ll walk you through a few methods to show you how to print Facebook messages.
How to Print from Facebook.com
From the Facebook.com website, you’ll have the option of downloading your messages directly from the site. This method requires navigating through a few areas of Facebook you might be unfamiliar with in the following steps:
- Open Facebook.com, log into your account and click on the small triangle in the upper right corner of the page.
- In the drop-down menu that opens, click on “Settings and Privacy,” and in the submenu, click on “Settings.”
- On the menu on the left side of the page, navigate to “Your Facebook Information,” where you will then see an option to “Download Your Information.” Click on this link.
- On this page, you have the option to select the type of Facebook activity you’d like to request a copy of. If you’d like to limit this to just messages, hit “deselect all” and select only “Messages.”
- Click on the blue “Create File” button.
- You should receive an email from Facebook that your file is being generated. This process can take a while depending on the size of the file. Facebook will then send both an email and a notification that your file is ready for download. Click this link, and you’ll be taken to a page where you can download your file (in either HTML or JSON format).
Note: Because HTML files require internet access to be opened, you will have to save any webpages as in PDF format in order to access them offline.
Although you can limit the messages you want to be included in your file download by specifying a date range, there’s no ideal mechanism for downloading a conversation with one particular person. The only options are as follows:
- Click on a conversation, click on their profile picture in the messenger chatbox, click to open it in messenger, then take screenshots and print those images.
- Copy a conversation, paste it into a word document, and print.
How to Print Using an Android
The Facebook Messenger app for Android doesn’t provide an option for exporting messages. This means you’ll have to go through a third-party app. One of the options is Message Backup for Facebook. After downloading you’ll need to take the following steps:
- After launching the Message Backup for Facebook app, you should have access to all of the conversations on your Facebook account. Select a conversation you want to export from the list.
- After tapping on the chosen conversation, you’ll be prompted to select certain options, the first of which is the length of your conversation.
- Choose a specific number of messages, or decide to export the entire conversation by leaving the bar as is. Then tap “Next.”
- Name the file (in CSV format) and select a location on the device where you want your file to be saved.
Note: Multiple files will be saved for conversations that exceed 5,000 messages.
- Verify the information on the Download screen. If everything looks correct, tap “Start” to begin exporting the messages.
- To print you’ll need to download two additional apps.
- Open Google Sheets and tap on the exported file. Then tap “Print.”
- Select a printer and confirm the details such as layout, paper size, number of copies etc.
- Print the document.
Print Using a Tool
If downloading directly from the Facebook site or app seems cumbersome, there are tools that could help streamline the process. Some tools that are commonly used include:
A Google chrome extension that will cost you $3.99. It advertises broader options than you’d have if you download directly from the site or app, such as specifying a particular chat you want saved, a date range, and options to download in various file formats (plain text, HTML, CSV, zip-file).
Unfortunately, the app does not have the best reviews as these features don’t seem to work consistently for users, so some troubleshooting may be necessary in order to get your needs met.
An app that can be downloaded to your hard drive. This one is pricier, at $19.99. This app will let you export all messages from a particular contact to a local, private PDF file that retains the “chat bubble” look of your original messages.
A free trial version does exist, but its capabilities are limited (it only allows you to save the first page of messages), so the paid version is necessary for exporting anything additional.
How to Print Using 6ya
While there are multiple routes to go down to print your Facebook messages, each comes with its own set of complications- whether it’s because of endless error codes or it just doesn’t have the options you’re looking for. Even if you’re using a tool made to do the job, it can be more complex and lengthy than one might expect.
Instead of putting yourself through unneeded inconvenience, make your life easier and call 6ya. You’ll immediately be connected to an expert who’s gone through this process many times and can give you guidance on the spot. With a wide variety of experienced professionals available 24/7, 6ya is the solution to all of your tech, home, and auto dilemmas. No wait times, and no transfers. Get the job done when you need it.