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Instant Messaging has existed for quite some time in various forms. Spammers have used the Facebook Messenger service to find new targets over the years. As a result, the social media company devised new strategies to distinguish legitimate messages from those sent by people with nefarious motives.

These messages are known as “Message Requests,” and they are awaiting your approval. These messages could come from people you’ve never met or aren’t friends with.

Message Requests on Facebook Messenger
Message Requests on Facebook Messenger

How to Check Hidden Message Requests on Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger comes in a variety of flavors. This section will cover everything from a mobile app to a web browser.

Why Messaging Is Still Important

Facebook created Messenger as a new way for users to communicate with one another. It’s an app that works even if your Facebook account is deactivated. This app has grown in popularity over time to become the most widely used chat app on the planet. It may lack the smoothness of Telegram and the emoji options of WhatsApp, but it does have reach.

Facebook Messenger allows users to connect with people all over the world quickly and easily. To send a message, all you need is a person’s profile information. Unfortunately, this increases the risk of people with malicious intent contacting innocent people.

Check Facebook’s Website for Message Requests:

If you’re using the browser version of Facebook, you can quickly check Message Requests by following these steps:

  1. In the upper right corner of Facebook, tap the Message icon.
  2. A dropdown will appear with all of your Facebook messages. At the top of the dropdown, click the three horizontal lines.
  3. There are two options now: You May Know and Spam. The former are messages from friends of friends, while the latter are likely spam from people with no mutual friends.
  4. Simply type a response and send it if you want to respond. However, keep in mind that the messages will be removed from the Requests folder and the person will be able to contact you.

Checking Message Requests From the Mobile App

Open the Facebook Messenger app on your Android device and log in with your Facebook account. The “Message Requests” option may appear at the top of your chat history. If you don’t, take the following steps:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top left corner.
  2. Select “Message Requests” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Switch between the “You Might Know” and “Spam” tabs.

Facebook Messenger Website

There is an online Facebook Messenger chat app that functions similarly to “See all in Messenger.” This Messenger option is similar to the website, but it is faster and more reliable.

This is because this app is solely focused on chatting and is not a website redirection. Do this to reveal your message requests if you’re using the dedicated Messenger site:

  1. Log in to Messenger via the website.
  2. In the upper left-hand corner, click on your profile icon.
  3. Click You might be aware that you can see messages from friends of friends. Alternatively, you can click Spam to see messages that Facebook flagged as suspicious.
  4. Choose which message you want to read. If Messenger gives you the option, you can respond.
  5. If you no longer want to hear from the person, click the I don’t want to hear from… link at the bottom of the message.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Marketplace messages go to message requests?

No. You should receive messages directly if you’re selling or buying something on Facebook Marketplace. You’ll receive the notification and have the option to respond even if you don’t have Facebook Messenger installed on your device.

What do I do if spam appears in my Messages?

If the algorithm misses a spam message, you can report it in the message list by tapping the three-dot menu icon next to their name. After that, select Report. You can also choose to block the user from sending you messages in the future.
It’s also critical that you don’t respond to spam messages or click on any links. This may result in account security concerns.


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