How to delete an attached image in new Facebook Messages

I think that title is kind of tricky or may sound weird. Here’s an example:

I download an image, and send it to a contact. Sadly, I sent the wrong image, and I can’t get it back nor ask for the contact to delete it. What can I do?

The answer is very easy, and it’s something I discover by accident. You can actually delete an attachment in Facebook messages, here’s how.

To try it, I created another profile, and play with it. First, I’ll send a message to this account with an attached photo. After checking that I was able to go into the image, I’ll try to delete it.

You can’t delete a message in the New Facebook Messages, if you click the “X” at the end, the message is archived, that’s all. To delete the image, go into the message, click on Actions > Delete messages.


Now, select the message(s) you want to delete. The message itself, the text, won’t be deleted from the other account. But the attachment’s link won’t work; the other person will be redirected to

Note that I only tested this with 3 accounts, including my own. Mine with New Messages, the other two not.  It worked perfectly. Nice trick.

Author Info:

A 20 year old computer engineer... Here's a clear explanation =>
March 31, 2011 | Autor: TatoSgr | Online Services
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  1. Renji says:

    It’s that simple? Wanted to delete an image I send when I first got the feature.

    • TatoSgr says:

      I though I was the only one with this problem. Yes, is that simple. I tested it several times and it worked fine. Still I like some more feedback, but for the moment, this works perfectly

  2. jolquino says:

    do pictures attached to a message end up on your profile? if so, where?

  3. Yuri says:

    It didn’t work for me :(

  4. Candy says:

    As of November 2012, this doesn’t appear to work anymore.

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