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 May 13 '11 at 16:24

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 May 26 '11 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 <noreply@facebookmail.com>. – studgeek Aug 29 '14 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. – Joseph Hansen Aug 29 '14 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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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 Jul 15 '10 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 Jul 15 '10 at 5:04
  • I just tried replying to a message via email. It doesn't work – Casebash Jul 15 '10 at 10:51

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