Nov 23,2018 • Filed to: Android Recovery • Proven solutions

Facebook Messenger messages are a treasure trove of memories so it makes sense that many of us would like to print out certain message threads to keep forever and refer back to. However, currently there isn't an option on the Facebook Messenger app to print out messages, so what do you do if you want to export and print your messages? Luckily we've found a few ways you can do this, so keep reading to find out how.

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Part 1. How to Export Messages from Facebook Messenger for Android

The first thing we're going to look at is how to export your messages from Facebook Messenger on your Android device. Current there is no functionality to do this through the Facebook Messenger app itself, so we’ve had to look at outside methods to export your messages. Until Facebook releases an update for Android the following method will allow you to export your Facebook Messenger messages on your Android device.

On the Google Play store there is an app called Message Backup for Facebook, which allows you to backup all of your Facebook Messenger conversations, a single conversation or a range of conversations.

Step 1: You'll need to download and install this app to your Android device. Open it up on your Android device and it will take you to a screen that will display all of your Facebook Messenger conversations. Next to each conversation there is a bubble that shows how many messages are in that conversation, should you wish to use it for reference.

Step 2: Select the conversation you wish to export. Then it will be displayed on your screen with a sliding bar at the top, which you can use to adjust which portion of the conversation you wish to export. Of course, you can leave the sliding bar as it is to export the full conversation.

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Step 3: Click on "Next", which will take you into the penultimate screen. Here you have the option to pick a name for the file your conversation will be exported to. Type in the name for the file and click "Next". Note: Please be aware that if you are downloading a conversation that contains more than 5000 messages it will be split into multiple files, each containing 5000 messages.

Step 4: Now we are brought to the "Download" screen. This page includes a summary of what you are exporting. Check it is correct and then press "Start" to begin exporting your selected messages.

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Part 2. How to Print the Facebook Messages You Have Exported

So now you've exported the conversations you wish to print, how do you actually go about printing them? We know the Facebook Messenger app doesn't have an option to print messages, so we'll need to use the file we just downloaded with the Message Backup for Facebook app. Follow the below steps to print your messages.

Step 1: Download and install the Google Sheets app and ensure Google Cloud Print is installed to work between your device and printer. If you haven't yet configured Google Cloud Print there is an installation guide here.

Step 2: Open up the Google Sheets app and use it to open the .csv file that contains the messages you want to print. Select ‘Print’ from the Google Sheets menu, once the file has been opened. Go through the instructions on your Android device to select the printer you wish to use (Google Cloud Print).

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Now you've selected the file you wish to print and the printer you wish to print it on there's nothing left to do but sit back and wait for your document to print!

So there you have it, the simplest and quickest way to export your Facebook Messenger messages and print them out. The steps above might sound confusing when you first read through them but it is a simple process - the apps listed are convenient to use and very user-friendly. Hopefully we'll soon see a Facebook Messenger update that allows you to download and print your messages through the app but until that comes along the above method works just as well.

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