looking for some help, I am trying to download my information from Facebook, specifically the messenger messages. I have gone on to the settings and download your information and selected the date range as all time. When the file is downloaded in html as a zip i open the folder but the messages only appear to go back to 2021 (I have had my account since 2007) is there a reason that the messages dont go back any further? I have tried putting in custom dates before 2021 and nothing comes back. Am I doing something wrong or is there a way of recovering older messages than that?

Thank you for your help.

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I've confirmed that messages prior to 2021 can be downloaded via the Facebook "Download Your Information" page. Messages in my download show timestamps dating back to 2007.

Image showing date range starting prior to 2021

I'd suspect that your messages prior to 2021 have been deleted or are not associated with your current account.

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