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I need a program that syncs Facebook messages to my PC.

In Windows 8(.1) you have the Mail app with which you can easily read your emails. It also notifies you when new emails come in and it downloads your emails.

I need a program that does the same, but with Facebook messages (and Windows 7).

Very important to me is that the program makes an offline copy of my messages inbox, which I can read even when they are deleted on Facebook itself.

Is there a program that can do this? And if there isn't, could anyone suggest another way to get notified of new messages?

  • I know facebook chat is basically jabber - I've no clue how people who you arn't friends with are handled though – Journeyman Geek May 19 '14 at 15:00
  • @JourneymanGeek what you mean ? – TomJ May 19 '14 at 17:19
  • @TomJ You can chat with people who you are friends with, but also with people who aren't your friends. – nidunc May 19 '14 at 18:09
  • @JourneymanGeek Did facebook chat keeps an offline copy of messages even if it is deleted from facebook ? – TomJ May 20 '14 at 2:16
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Facebook chat is basically XMPP - any jabber client which has logs like pidgin would log any conversation you had using it (facebook chat is dead, and was a HTML5 'application' which had no logs). An XMPP client as such would be a drop in replacement for FB chat on the desktop- many even have server settings pre-installed for your use.

This has a few advantages - it keeps logs of everything even what you've deleted from facebook, and a few disadvantages such as you need to use a specific system or systems for logging.

You could also periodically download a datadump from facebook that contains undeleted inbox messages. This includes anything you have said from a XMPP client to someone else on facebook.

There dosen't seem to be a way to retrieve things you have deleted.

  • Can you suggest me a link to download Facebook Chat for Windows ? – TomJ May 20 '14 at 6:26
  • I have it installed, it dosen't work. So no. Anything you said on facebook chat and wasn't deleted should be on said datadump – Journeyman Geek May 20 '14 at 6:27
  • So in that case, can you help me in some other ways ? – TomJ May 20 '14 at 6:31
  • My answer covers it. The data dump contains a full log of everything that you've said on facebook chat. You can switch to any other jabber client as an alternative to facebook chat. – Journeyman Geek May 20 '14 at 6:37
  • Ok then. How can I access the data dump ? – TomJ May 20 '14 at 8:35

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