I know it is possible to receive your Facebook messages via email.

I would like to reply by email, but Facebook doesn't allow me to do this and instead returns a delivery failure.

  • They have never allowed anyone to do this.
    – user10835
    Commented May 13, 2011 at 16:24

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Facebook now has "Facebook email" (your vanity name after the www.facebook.com/ followed by @facebook.com). You can send to others at facebook using that address from your normal email client.

Update: Facebook removed said feature. See comments.

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    You also reply to a message you received by just replying to the email containing the Facebook message
    – Casebash
    Commented May 26, 2011 at 4:16
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    Unfortunately this stopped working for me on 8/10/14. Now messages have their Reply To set to noreply <[email protected]>.
    – studgeek
    Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 20:32
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    Facebook recently removed the email functionality. Not enough users, I suspect. And fits better in their Messenger app plans. Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 20:45

I'm not aware of any Facebook apps that provide the functionality you're after.

As far as I can tell, you can only reply to status updates via e-mail. That's what the link from JoshMock's answer refers to.


The best way to make this work would be an XMPP to email gateway. Then you could add facebook messages as if it were a normal POP or IMAP email account.

Bonus feature: auto-replace the reply-to address with an email address, for any matching name.


As of late last year you could if you set your options on Facebook to send you an email when you get a message. But they have a history of turning this feature on and off, from what I hear, so no guarantees.

  • I can confirm this works. I do it all the time. you can reply to anything that is sent to your email, Comments and messages in inbox.
    – Pipermac
    Commented Jul 15, 2010 at 1:16
  • My messages say: To reply to this message, follow the link below: facebook.com/n/?extraInfo. I will try this when I get an opportunity
    – Casebash
    Commented Jul 15, 2010 at 5:04
  • I just tried replying to a message via email. It doesn't work
    – Casebash
    Commented Jul 15, 2010 at 10:51

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