By default, Facebook does not allow users to delete multiple messages at once. If you want to delete a message, you have to first open it and then delete it which can be a tedious process. On the main Messages window, there is an “archive” option that makes messages go away, but it doesn’t delete them. That leaves us with two options: Go through each message and delete it one at a time in a grueling repitition. Or, use an extension like Facebook Fast Delete Messages for Google Chrome.
To get started, go to the Facebook Fast Delete Messages homepage in the Chrome Web Store and install the extension.
To work properly, the extension will require access to your browsing history, data on Facebook and other browser settings. Click on Add to confirm installation.
After installing the extension, just login to your Facebook account and open your Messages page. Rather than an archive button, it will now show you a delete option (check out the screenshot below for an example). The individual “x” buttons will let you delete one message at time directly from the inbox; you won’t have to go into them like before.
You can even delete your entire message box with Delete all button.
Warning: The extension does not ask for confirmation when you click on the Delete button, one click and your messages are gone.
Overall this extension has been a handy tool that has saved me a lot of time erasing old and unwanted messages from my Facebook inbox. I admit it’s annoying that Facebook doesn’t provide an easier way to delete using its default interface, but perhaps Facebook has something to gain from users who don’t delete messages…