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It seems Facebook completely dropped my support (but not for other people I know) for searching for messages. I can only look for conversation names (persons, pages or chat group names) or search for messages inside a specific chat.

This directly contradicts what Facebook's official support states, and as mentioned it does work for other people. It doesn't work for me in any browser.

Any idea what causes this and how to fix it?

This is how it looks like now:

Search Facebook chat titles

If I choose a specific chat, I can search by clicking "Customize Chat" first, although what does search have anything to do with customization? It's as if they don't want people to know search is possible within a specific chat:

Search in a specific chat

And this is how they (used to?) search inside specific conversations:

Search for Facebook messages

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  • I and a friend have the same issue except we can search individual chats. Dec 24 '20 at 15:09
  • Seems to be fixed now. Anyone know why or what happened? Dec 29 '20 at 1:37
  • Glad it was fixed for you, but nothing got fixed for me. Can still only search for names of chats with people, groups and pages, not content.
    – LWC
    Dec 30 '20 at 9:48
  • I've edited to reflect search individual chats is possible - it's just quite hidden.
    – LWC
    Feb 5 at 11:11
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And just like that, searching for content in all messages is back.

Did they run an experiment on me (and on @Darryn Brisdaz from the comments)? All I know is since it took them months to give it back to me, I mostly stopped using Facebook and I will never write private messages there again unless I have to. I realize they couldn't care less about a single individual, but that's what happens.

Searching for content in all messages

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  • I forgot to mention that whilst it didn't work on the browser it did always work on the android app. But now it works on both. Jul 29 at 20:15

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