How to See Message Requests on Facebook

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Emilija Social Media / Facebook

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Message requests is a feature that Facebook added a little while ago to protect users from unwanted messages. Message requests can be considered as a filter that is used to protect its users from spam accounts, fake profiles, marketing tricks, or some appalling messages.

These messages are in a separate ‘hidden’ folder, awaiting your approval.

But, sometimes, Facebook filters messages your potentially would want to see. If someone you might know in real life, but have no mutual friends with on Facebook messages you, the message might end up in the requests folder by accident.

Here’s how to check whether you have some messages you might want to see in the folder.

How to see message requests on Facebook from your phone (iOS)

Follow these couple of steps to find your message requests.

  1. Open the Messenger app on your phone.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, there will be the ‘Chats’, ‘People’ and ‘Discover’ sections. Click on ‘People’.
  3. In the upper right corner, click on the three dots.
  4. This will open the message requests options. They are divided into two sections, People you may know, or Spam.
  5. Navigate through both sections to see if by accident Facebook has moved your messages into requests.

How to see message requests on Facebook from your phone (Android)

The message requests folder can be found in a few easy clicks. Here’s how.

  1. Open the Messenger app on your phone.
  2. In the top left corner, tap on your profile picture.

Tap on your profile picture

  1. You’ll be redirected to a new page. You'll see ‘Message requests’ just below 'Dark mode'. Tap on it.

Message Requests

  1. Now you’ve opened the requests where you'll see both sections You may know and Spam.

You may know and Spam

  1. Navigate between both sections and look through your message requests.

Bonus: Explore also how to find your Facebook Messenger chat history.

How to see message requests on Facebook from desktop

This same feature is available from the web also. Here’s how to access it.

  1. Log in to your Facebook account.
  2. In the top right corner, click on the Messenger icon.
  3. Above the ‘Search’ icon at the top, click on the three dots.

click on the three dots

  1. A pop-up will open, scroll down to find ‘Message requests’, it’s right under ‘Turn on Active Status’.

Message requests

  1. Click on it, and you’ll be redirected to the Message requests section with the same two options, People you may know or Spam.

People you may know or Spam

If you view the messages, none of the users will be notified that you’ve seen their message. Some of the requests might have photos in them, the photos will be blurred for your protection. In case you received some offensive messages or photos, you can report the user or block them.

Also, check out how to deactivate your Facebook account and still talk to your Facebook friends through Messenger.