How to See Message Requests on Facebook

Last updated on August 30th, 2022 at 09:42 pm

There are tons of messages sent to Facebook users that are not seen by the recipient. Message request is the primary category of messages that suffer this fate.

One of the reasons for this is that these messages have to be intentionally sought for by the recipient.

See Message Requests on Facebook

Another is the fact that Facebook does a message filter for message requests to prevent users from getting SPAMs and potentially harmful message requests.

However, there have been incidences of people getting message requests that were important and not discovering it until it was late.

This can be a result of negligence on the part of a user to not check out message requests possibly because the user is not aware of the message requests feature or how they can be accessed.

Or, as a result of a message request being filtered by and tugged somewhere by Facebook.

As much as there are possible risks associated with message requests, the idea is for a user to check out the ones that might be important.

If a message requests happen to have harmful or disturbing content, the sender of the request can be blocked to prevent further recurrence or reported to the operators of Facebook.

In a nutshell, it is important to check out message requests.

If the main problem is how to access message requests sent to you. You need not worry, this article will provide you with a solution by showing you steps to viewing your message requests.

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What are Facebook Message Requests?

Just in case you have been wondering what message requests are; Message requests are simply messages sent to you by people you do not directly relate with on Facebook.

These are messages from people that are not your friends. When these kinds of people send you messages, it is received as message requests.

This is why you can’t access message requests directly in your inbox, you have to go to the message request section.


How to See Message Requests on Facebook

Whether you are using the Facebook app or the Messenger app, you can access message requests sent to you.

How you can view message requests on either of the platforms will be explained below.


View Message Requests on the Messenger Platform

Yes, on the Messenger platform, message requests can be viewed. You can access these messages using the app or using a website.


View Message Requests on Messenger Using the App

Follow the steps below to access Message requests on Messenger via the app.


Step 1: Launch the app

Go to the Messenger application on your mobile device. Tap on the app to open the Messenger platform.


Step 2: Open profile picture

After launching the platform, go to the upper left side of the page displayed. There, you will see your profile picture. Tap on the picture to open the picture.


Step 3: View Message Requests

Opening your profile picture will lead you to where the message requests section of the platform is. Search for a message or conversation icon.

That is the message request icon. Open the section by tapping on the icon. Now,  you can access messages sent to you from people who are not your friends on the platform.


View Message Requests on Messenger Via the Website

If you happen to be using a Personal Computer and do not have access to the app, you can still view message requests sent to you. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open the Messenger website

Launch your web browser, go to the search box and type in the Messenger website-

Afterwards, sign in to the Messenger app by providing the phone number or email and password used for opening your Facebook account.


Step 2: Open Profile

When you have launched the Messenger platform from your web browser, in the page displayed, look for the profile icon. You will find it at the top left corner of the page just like you would on the app. Click on the icon to open it.


Step 3: View Message Requests

You will find the message icon. Open the messages and choose from any of the categories to view your message requests.

You can select from the “You May Know” category where messages from persons perceived that you may know are kept. This majorly includes people whom you have mutual friends with.

The other category is messages suspected to be SPAMs. You can go through this section if you are fine with doing so. Just click on any message you want to view.

If you are not fine with the content from a particular user, select the “I don’t want to hear from…” feature at the end of the message to stop messages from coming in from the user.


View Message Requests on Facebook

Message requests sent to you on Facebook can be checked via the following steps:


Step 1: Open the Facebook platform

Using either the app or the website, open the Facebook platform.


Step 2: Launch Messages

At the top right side of the page, you will find a message icon structured as a thunderbolt enclosed in a circle. Tap or click on it to open the messages section.


Step 3: View Message Requests

When the Message section is opened, select Message requests to have it opened. Then, you can decide whatever action you wish to carry out.

You can reply to the message you chose to view or delete it completely from the Message requests library.

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Accessing Facebook Filtered Messages Requests

There is a special section where messages filtered out by Facebook are kept.

These are messages that may seem suspicious that are gotten from some sources that are completely not connected to you.

The steps below will help you access these messages.


Step 1: Open Facebook Messenger

You can either launch the Messenger platform via the app or use the website.


Step 2: Open the People option

At the bottom of the page displayed, on the right-hand side, you will find the People option. Click on it to open the option.


Step 3: View Filtered Message Requests

From the features that will be shown in the People section, click on Message requests. Thereafter, select the “See Filtered Requests” section to access message requests filtered by Facebook.


How to See Message Requests on Facebook FAQs


Will the sender of a message request be alerted when I check the message sent?

There is no “Read” notification sent to a user whose message request you have viewed. But of course, if you respond to the message that was sent, the sender will be alerted.


What happens when I reply to a message request?

When you reply to a message request, you are establishing a connection with the sender.

This will allow you access to any media content sent to you by the person. In addition, the message request will now appear in your inbox as a regular message.


What do I do if I come across a SPAM message in my normal message requests?

Although Facebook tries to ensure that SPAM requests are filtered out into the SPAM section, it is possible for SPAM messages to still be present in the normal message requests section.

If this happens, you can easily block the sender or report it to Facebook. The options for either of the two actions are available at the end of every message.



You can check out the messages sent to you from people you are not directly connected to on Facebook.

You can do this either on Facebook or Messenger. It is important to scan through your message requests once in a while to check out for messages that may be of importance to you.


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