How to Hide and View Conversations on Galaxy S20 Messenger

For confidentiality or privacy reasons, some people would opt to hide sensitive messages and conversations. Thankfully, modern messaging apps are already programmed to execute such functions to hide any confidential messages or conversations on the phone. And Facebook’s standalone messaging application — Messenger is also capable of this function. In case you’re wondering how to make use of this Messenger feature on your new Samsung Galaxy smartphone, I have prepared a simple walkthrough. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to hide and view conversations on the galaxy s20 Messenger app.

Hiding messages or conversations on Messenger is made possible through archive. Archive refers to a collection of documents or records. In the Messenger app, archive is a dedicated folder that stores previous messages and conversations you’ve had with any of your Facebook friends via Messenger. Archived messages are hidden messages as they’re not shown among other messages on the Chats screen or inbox. To view these hidden messages, you will need to access the Archive folder. Below are detailed instructions on how to access this folder on the new galaxy s20 Messenger application.

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Easy steps to Hide and View Conversations on Galaxy S20 Messenger app

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The first four steps demonstrate the process of hiding (archiving) conversation on Messenger while the subsequent steps will reveal or display the archived conversation. In case you’re having trouble following the textual instructions, I’ve also provided individual screenshots as visual representation. And here’s how it works.

  1. Open the Messenger app, to get started.

    You can find the Messenger app from the Apps screen. 
    To access the Apps screen, just swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen.

    hide view conversations galaxy s20 messenger - open messenger

  2. From the Messenger app screen, find and long-press on the message or conversation that you want to hide or archive.

    A list of quick icons will appear on the right side of the message preview.

    hide view conversations galaxy s20 messenger - select conversation

  3. Tap the quick Menu icon.

    This icon is represented by a three-horizontal-line icon.
    A list of sub-menu options will be displayed.

    hide view conversations galaxy s20 messenger - menu icon

  4. Tap Archive from the list of options.

    The selected message/conversation will then be removed and disappear from the Inbox or Chats screen.

    hide view conversations galaxy s20 messenger - archive

  5. To view the hidden or archived message/conversation, tap on the Search box from the Chats screen.

    This will open the Chats screen containing the archived message thread or conversation.

    hide view conversations galaxy s20 messenger - search box

  6. Select anyone from the results under Recent Searches or People.

    The archived message or conversation will be displayed after making a selection.

    hide view conversations galaxy s20 messenger - view archive

  • Android 10, One UI 2.0 and up
  • Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, Galaxy S20 Ultra

If nothing is displayed after tapping the Search box on the chats screen, it is likely because there’s no archived message to be displayed in the first place. Perhaps, the message you’re trying to view was already deleted permanently.

Unfortunately, conversations on the Messenger app that have been deleted permanently can no longer be retrieved or restored through the app. Nevertheless, there is a way for you to recover deleted messages through the main Facebook application. A separate tutorial depicting the actual process of recovering deleted messages on Facebook app will also be published on this site.

And that covers everything in this tutorial. Please keep posted for more comprehensive tutorials, tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your new Samsung galaxy s20 smartphone. 

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