How do I archive a conversation in Messenger? What’s the difference between archiving and deleting?

How do I archive a conversation in Messenger? What’s the difference between archiving and deleting?

Archiving
a conversation hides it from your inbox until the next time you chat
with that person, while deleting a conversation permanently removes the
message history from your inbox.

To archive a conversation:Android:

  1. Tap Chats to view your conversations.
  2. Swipe left on the conversation you’d like to archive.
  3. Tap .
  4. Tap Archive.

iPhone or iPad:

  1. Tap Chats to view your conversations.
  2. Swipe left on the conversation you’d like to archive.
  3. Tap .
  4. Tap Hide Chat.

Learn how to find an archived conversation. You can also delete a message or conversation.