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How to see deleted messages on Discord?

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Discord is one of the most popular VoIP programs out there. It was initially meant as a communications program for gamers but has since evolved for a much wider use case for just about anyone.

The program offers everything you’d expect, including group chats, voice and video calls, the ability to share your screen and full-blown servers will assignable roles. It covers everything from basic text chat to calling and streaming. 

This gives rise to another question, though. Many messaging apps allow users to delete sent messages, including Discord. In this article, we’re taking a look at whether or not you can see deleted Discord messages.

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Seeing deleted messages in Discord

Officially, no you can’t. 

Once a message is deleted from a Discord chat or server, it’s gone forever and can’t be restored.

That said, there are a couple of ways to keep track of any deleted messages.

  • Using a plugin (requires BetterDiscord)
  • Using a message-scraping bot. 

Using a plugin

Since Discord doesn’t allow native plugin integration, you’re going to have to use BetterDiscord for this method. Without going into too much detail, BetterDiscord is an enhanced version of Discord that allows third-party plugins, a lot more customisation options and a better feature set for power users. 

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Once you’ve installed BetterDiscord, the next step is to add the MessageLoggerV2 plugin. It saves all deleted and purged messages as well as all edit history and ghost pings. You can find the official download here

Keep in mind that BetterDiscord and MessageLoggerV2 are third-party programs and are not affiliated with Discord in any way. 

Check out our detailed guide on how to Install BetterDiscord and use its plugins here.

Using a message-scraping bot

Another method you can use if you don’t want to install BetterDiscord is using a message-scraping bot. For this article, we’ll be using Dyno — a rather popular server moderation Discord bot. 

Step 1: Head over to the official Dyno bot website and click the Add to Server button. 

Step 2: We’ll be using the free version of Dyno, so click the Add to Server button under the free plan. 

Step 3: You’ll be redirected to Discord to login with your account. Select the account you want to use Dyno with and click Log in. 

Step 4: Select the server of your choice and click Continue. 

Step 5: Discord will now ask you to confirm the permissions Dyno gets on your server. Make sure that at least the Read Messages permission is enabled and click Authorise. 

Step 6: Once Dyno has been added to your Discord server, you’ll be brought to a setup page for the bot. Follow the instructions to set the bot up the way you want and click Save.

Step 7: Now we have to make a channel for your message deletion logs. Open Discord and create a channel by either clicking the plus icon in front of a category name or clicking on the server name and selecting Create channel. 

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Step 8: Enter a name for your channel, select the Channel Type as Text and enable the Private Channel slider. Click Next when you’re done. 

Step 9: Make sure to select the Dyno bot as a member. You can also add anyone else if you want them to see the deleted messages too. Click Create Channel when you’re done.   

Step 10: Now return to the Dyno website, click the Modules section and select Action Log. 

Step 11: Make sure that the module is enabled by setting the slider in the top right. Select the Log Channel as the one we just created and check the Message Delete, Image Delete and Bulk Message Delete options under the Events section. 

And that’s all. Now every time a message is deleted, you’ll see a log along with the message content in your deleted messages channel. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: [email protected].