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How to See (and Track) Secret Conversations in Messenger Quickly

In this article, I want to share some methods to use, see (and track) secret conversations on Messenger on either Android, iOS, or other devices. This can make private chats more protected.

How to see Secret Conversations on facebook Messenger

Hello, it is your old pal Frankie here. Today I want to talk to everyone about one of the useful things that our buddy Mark Zuckerberg brought into existence – the Facebook Messenger secret conversation.

So, you are likely here because you have become somewhat obsessed with privacy and security for your Facebook account. Am I right?

You’ve heard about features like sending self-destructing messages through Facebook and you have been overjoyed now, correct?

When I learned of the existence of secret conversations for Messenger, admittedly I was pretty excited myself.

You have certainly come to the right place to learn a good deal about this. I know all the ins and outs of Facebook Messenger, so I can give you all the insights that you need for this secretive feature of the service.

All you are going to need then is a little bit of free time. Sit back and get comfortable and you will get taken through the step-by-step approach. I will lay it all out for you in this guide.

Not only are you going to learn how to view secret conversations on Messenger, but also how you can use them for yourself. Are you ready? I know I am.

Let’s get to it.

Here’s a little side note: If you are trying to see the secret conversations of someone else on Facebook Messenger, you need to take a look at our guide on how to spy on Messenger.

How Do Secret Conversations Work in Messenger?

The Facebook Messenger application always holds secrets.

For this article, we are going to start by ensuring that you have the latest update of this messaging service. If you do, you have access to a hidden section of chats to begin a secret conversation with another Facebook user.

Secret conversations are nothing more than a private section which allows you to send encrypted messages. This premise is the utmost in secure conversating.

Conversations that take place in this secret chat menu can automatically self-destruct at a designated amount of time. About this I suggest you take a look at my guide on how to send disappearing messages in Facebook Messenger (Vanish Mode).

Any messages stored within this chat list are protected by end-to-end encryption. This makes the individual messages impenetrable to even experienced hackers. They are also virtually impossible to wiretap with these secure provisions.

If you want to begin a secret conversation with a Facebook friend, or you want to read private messages sent in this hidden list, the steps to do so are very simple and easy to follow.

I can describe in quick detail how you can exploit this feature on your own application. No matter what device you use, Android, iOS, or computer, you will have all the information you need.

All you need right now is an active Facebook account with Messenger installed on your phone if you want to use this feature on your mobile device.

So, let’s get started.

How to Access Secret Conversations with Androids

Opening secret conversations on Messenger on the application you have installed on your Android device…

you just have to follow a few simple steps:
  1. Tap the Messenger App icon
  2. Make sure you are on the home screen (with the house symbol) to see active conversations within the app
  3. Then, tap on the name of a person that you want to start a secret conversation with or currently have one going to view messages or compose them.

As you have noticed, the standard version of your chat will open with this contact.

This is where you can send non-private media, texts, and voice messages.

Accessing Hidden Sections of Facebook Messenger on Android

Now, if you intend to access the hidden portion of your Facebook Messenger to the desired secret conversation…

follow these steps:
  1. Tap on the encircled “i“symbol in the top right of the screen. This opens details and Messenger settings for your selected contact and the active conversation.
  2. Find and tap the entry on the menu to access a secret conversation
  3. You will then get a new black chat screen and you can begin a conversation with this encrypted conversation settings described above.

Any messages sent in this secret chat feature can be either media or text, so you can add photos and videos by clicking the camera or media gallery icons.

You can also send your GPS location through this Facebook Messenger Secret Chat by clicking the (+) icon and then on the “Place” menu item.

From this screen, you can also find previous messages you have sent/received that were not given a destruction timer.

You can designate an expiration time for messages you have sent.

Once this deadline expires, messages get deleted from both devices, and are no longer able to get read or viewed.

Send Self-Destructing Content Through Facebook Messenger on Android

If you want your messages and content to have a time limit in the Facebook Messenger secret conversations…

follow these steps:
  1. Tap on the icon with a stopwatch
  2. From this drop-down menu, set a deadline ranging from 5 seconds to a total of a full day.
  3. Once you have set this time, it is applied to all of the future messages in the thread you send until all messages disappear.

If you want to disable this feature once you have set it, you have to tap on the stopwatch icon again then make sure “No” is chosen.

Once you start a secret conversation, you should note that you can still see it on the main screen of Facebook Messenger (the one with the house symbol.)

If you already have a normal conversation with this individual, both conversations will appear on this main screen.

It is easy to note the secret conversation from the other threads. One is marked with a black background color and a lock symbol.

If you want to switch quickly between a normal conversation to this secret version, you can tap on either of these. You can also choose the encircled “i” symbol and choose to access the regular conversation or secret conversation depending on the thread you are in.


Frankie’s Take:

When it comes to protecting your privacy, you need to use all of the available tools at your disposal. I love the secret conversations feature on Messenger, but you should beware: this does not ward off installed spyware on your device.

Finding Secret Conversations on Messenger with iPhone

Android devices are not the only operating system allowed to access these new popular features on Facebook Messenger.

You can use this tool to send messages and media that self-destructs, even through the Messenger application for iOS.

To begin using this feature, just follow these few steps:
  1. Tap on the Facebook Messenger app on your smartphone home screen
  2. From the home screen on Messenger (house symbol), locate the contact you want to contact with the private chat. You can also view previous messages shared in that particular thread
  3. Once you see the typical Facebook conversation open up, tap on the name of this contact in the top bar of the chat. This way, you gain access to the Contact Section and can choose to begin or continue a secret conversation

Finding Secret Conversations on Messenger with iPhone

Once you do this, you can see an extra Facebook Messenger conversation show up on the home screen with a black background – this is your secret conversation.

You can use the text field in this thread to message as you normally would with average conversations.

In this private communication, you can share text, videos, photos, recorded voice messages, and other options.

Send Self-Destructing Messages in Messenger for iOS

Would you like to make your conversations more secure and even have messages self-destruct after a designated deadline?

That’s easy enough to do – just follow these steps:
  1. Tap the stopwatch icon
  2. From the menu to set this time, move the cursor to a preset time period ranging from five seconds to a full 24 hours.
  3. Then tap “Done” to confirm your choices

Send Self-Destructing Messages in Messenger for iOS

This designation gets applied to all of your future messages.

Should you want to remove this restriction, tap the timer symbol and move from your chosen timeline to the No option.

Please note that though this is a secret conversation, it will still show up as a preview on a home screen for your Facebook Messenger application.

If a normal conversation is already active, you will see both conversations on this list. The secret one will have a black background and a lock icon while the typical thread will have the same background as the rest of this list.


Frankie’s Take:

I would remind you that when you set a timer on your content, it will be applied to all future messages that you send in that thread until you change this. Disable this function with the steps above if you no longer want to use it.

Viewing Secret Messenger Conversations (Web Version)

As I write this tutorial, the Web Version of Facebook does not permit you to view these secret messages and conversations through Messenger.

They are only present in the mobile versions of Facebook and Messenger.

If you have scoured the internet for more information about getting this secret conversation option on the web version, you have likely only encountered content about the section hidden by Facebook where message requests wind up.

What I mean is, when you are contacted by someone on Facebook Messenger who is not one of your friends, their messages get sorted into a hidden, special folder by the network.

This is a ‘secret’ or ‘hidden’ section visible on the web version of Facebook.

If you want to find this, here is how you do that:
  1. Log in to Facebook on this platform and click on the Messenger symbol
  2. After that, you will see a preview section open for received messages. Click on Message Requests and, if you see no messages, click on View Results without Filters
  3. This hidden section is also visible on the web version of Messenger. Once logged in, click the gear symbol in the top left corner
  4. Click on the option that appears, Message Requests
  5. No message here? Click on View Filtered Requests option and see Facebook messages from non-friends if applicable

Frankie’s Take:

In the web version of the messaging service, you cannot see secret conversations portion of Messenger. I believe that this is only a matter of time and future updates will correct this oversight.

How do you track secret conversations on Facebook Messenger?

If you want to be able to see someone else’s secret conversations on Messenger, you will find it to be absolutely impossible without a third-party app or acquiring the user’s credentials.

In the latter case, you could use hacking techniques like phishing or keylogging, but keep in mind that these methods are illegal and very difficult to perform if you don’t have advanced IT skills.

However, if you don’t know much about computers and have a few dollars to invest, you can simply use one of many Messenger tracker apps easily found online. The most popular of these apps is called mSpy.

mSpy Hacking Facebook Messenger

Enhancing your Privacy on Facebook Messenger

If you are concerned about your privacy on Messenger, I recommend that you look into installing a VPN. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) hides your IP address and encrypts all data exchanged between your phone and other devices or sites on the Internet.

When you enable a good quality VPN for your cell phone, not only can no one read your messages or intercept your data, but they are also blocked from seeing what you do online or remotely installing spyware on your device without your knowledge.

There are hundreds of VPN apps you can use.

One of the best ones is NordVPN as it is a cheap, easy to use and provides users with thousands and thousands of servers around the world. Plus, you can protect up to six different devices with just one account, including smartphones (iOS and Android), PCs, tablets, and more.

It also has an interesting feature called the Dark Web Monitor. Essentially, it alerts the user if their credentials have been exposed on the dark web.


Time now to bid you farewell. I hope that this article wasn’t overly long for you to read, but I wanted to explain the right information about using these secret conversation menus and features on your particular device.

I really believe that this has become a great tool to add more protection to the conversations that we have on the social media platform.

I have shown you step-by-step how you can access this menu and begin/continue these conversations on either your Android or iPhone.

Before wrapping this up completely, I want to take a second to mention another article I wrote about other tricks and secrets you should know about Facebook Messenger. Take a look at it, you are very likely to learn some things you didn’t know before.

If you have any questions or concerns about what you have read in this guide, make sure that you leave me a message below so that I can get back to you as soon as possible.

A hug,

Frankie Caruso

P.S. – If you want to see someone else’s secret conversations, I have another article dedicated to hacking Facebook Messenger.

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About Frankie Caruso

I'm Frankie Caruso. I'm a professional amateur in that ugly business of social media, instant messaging apps and computer security. I help all those frustrated people who call themselves digital illiterates to understand something about this confusing digital world.

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