How to Track Facebook Chat

By John Mitchell

Tracking chat history is a breeze once you have upgraded to Facebook's New Messages feature. The new messaging system incorporates messages, text and chat into one comprehensive platform. For example, if you have a chat with a friend through the bottom instant-messaging window, the entire conversation is automatically saved as a message under the Messages section.

Upgrade to New Messages

Step 1

Open a Web browser, and navigate to facebook.com/about/messages.

Step 2

Click the "Request Invite" button near the bottom of the page. If you have already upgraded, then the button will read "Go to Messages" instead. If you do not see the button, then you need to sign in by typing your login credentials at the top and clicking the "Log In" button.

Step 3

Wait for Facebook to send you an invite to the New Messages platform. A notification will pop up near the top of the screen when you log in to Facebook. Once you start the upgrade process, you will select an @facebook email address, turn on text messaging and finalize the setup.

Tracking Chat History

Step 1

Sign in to your account at facebook.com.

Step 2

Click the "Messages" link on the left sidebar below your profile picture. Alternatively, you can click the "Messages" icon on the top navigation bar and then select "See All Messages."

Step 3

Click the name link for the friend you had a chat with. You will see a threaded conversation that shows all of the messages that were sent between you and your friend. If the message was sent via chat, then it will have a small message bubble icon to the right. If you hover over that icon, it will read "Sent From Chat."

Step 4

Scroll up and down to view all of the messages sent via chat.