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How to View Chat History in Facebook

written by: S Wood•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 10/30/2010

Do you want to keep a record of your chat with your friends on Facebook? Use the Chat History Manager add-on for Firefox and view your Facebook chat history. With screenshots, this step-by-step tutorial illustrates how to install and use the Chat History Manager.

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    Facebook Tutorial: How to View Chat History in Facebook?

    If you use Firefox as your browser, you can view chat history Facebook logs with an add-on called the Chat History Manager. It’s a free add-on, which allows you to save your chat conversation with your friends on Facebook. As the messages are stored on your computer, and not on the server, you can view the chat record when you’re on- or off-line.

    A salient feature of this Firefox add-on is that the access to your chat history is through your password. It means the chat messages you exchange with friends on Facebook remains secure.

    How do you view the chat history? First, select a friend’s name from the Friends List. Next, specify how far back in chat history you’re interested in. You can, for example, view your chat log by a day, week, month or year.

    A word on Firefox: If you haven’t switched to this browser yet, it may be time to do so. Why? The reason is that not only you need it to view chat history, but also that this browser is excellent with many great features. Among these are better security and speed of display.

    Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to View Chat History Facebook with Firefox?

    1. Start Firefox.

    2. Visit the Add-ons for Firefox page for the chat history add-on at

    3. Click Add to Firefox. The Software Installation dialog appears.add to firefox 

    software installation dialog 4. Click Install Now. The Add-ons dialog displays the Facebook Chat History Manager add-on. You’ll also see a message, “Restart Firefox to complete your changes.”chat history manager added and the restart button 

    5. Click Restart Firefox. The Facebook Chat History Manager installation is now complete. Also, the Tools menu of Firefox will have a new item titled Facebook Chat History Manager.

    chat history manager added as a firefox add-on 

    facebook chat history manager menu 

    6. Click Tools > Facebook Chat History Manager > Get Facebook ID. The Login to Facebook dialog appears.get facebook ID 

    login to facebook dialog 

    7. Login to Facebook. The message, “You may now close this window and return to the application.” appears on the above dialog.close window message 

    8. Click “Close login window”. The JavaScript Application dialog with your Facebook ID appears. Write down the ID.

    9. Click Tools > Facebook Chat History Manager > Create Account. The Facebook Chat History Manager dialog displays.create account 

    facebook chat history manager dialog 

    10. Fill in the fields and click Create. The JavaScript Application dialog appears with the message, “Your account has been created”.your account has been created 11. Click OK.

    12. Click Tools > Facebook Chat History Manager > View History. The Login Chat History Manager dialog appears.login chat history manager dialog TIP: Use the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Alt+F to quickly access the page with the options to view chat history Facebook log.

    13. Type your password and click OK. The page with the option to view your chat log displays.

    14. Select a friend name from the Friends List column on the left.

    15. Select the chat history you wish to view by time on the right. The Facebook Chat History Manager displays the chat conversation history NOTE: The Facebook Chat History Manager add-on begins to save chat communication after you install the add-on. Thus, you’ll be able to see the chat log only of those chat conversations you were engaged in since installing the add-on.