How to See Message Requests on Facebook Messenger

Various forms of Instant Messaging have been around for quite a while. Over the years, spammers have found new marks through the Facebook Messenger service. This prompted the social media company to come up with new tactics that separate legitimate messages from those that may come from people with nefarious intentions.

How to See Message Requests on Facebook Messenger

Know as “Message Requests,” these messages are pending your approval. These messages may be from people who you don’t know or people who you aren’t friends with.

Why Messaging Is Still Important

Facebook developed the Messenger service as another way for users to interact with each other. It is an app that will work even if you deactivate your Facebook account. Over time, this app has become the most widely used chat app in the world. It may not have a smooth experience like Telegram or emoji options like WhatsApp, but what it does have is reach.

Facebook Messenger offers users the ability to quickly and easily connect people with each other around the globe. All you need is a person’s profile information to send the message. Unfortunately, this also poses risks for those with ill-intentions to contact unsuspecting people.

Message Requests

There are a lot of spammers and cybercriminals looking to connect with innocent users, so it is advised to never engage in a conversation with people you don’t know or those that appear fishy.

In order to make sure that you don’t engage them by accident, Facebook has moved these messages to the Message Requests section. Accessing this section may not be as apparent and obvious as accessing your general chat section.

Checking Message Requests in Web Browser

If you’re using a web browser follow these steps:

  1. Tap on the message icon in the top right toolbar
  2. At the top, click the three-dot button to see the option for “Message Requests”
  3. Tap on this option to see the messages


On Android, you should first open the Messenger app. Sign in by entering the required information. In the screen that appears, you’ll see the Home icon at the bottom left corner of the screen, followed by a Phone icon. To the right of the central circle, you’ll see two icons. Tap the one to the far right.

Checking Message Requests From App

Open the Facebook Messenger application for Android and sign in using your Facebook account. You may see the “Message Requests” option at the top of your chat history. If you don’t, follow these steps:

  • In the top left; Tap on your profile picture
  • Tap on the option that says “Message Requests”
  • Toggle between the “You May Know” tab and the “Spam” tab

This will take you to a page that features a list of message requests that you have pending. If the list is empty, you don’t have any message requests.

Messenger iOS

On your iPhone or iPad, find the Messenger app icon and tap on it. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see three tabs, Chats, People, and Discover.

  1. Tap on the “People” option located in the bottom center of the screen.
  2. Tap on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner
  3. Your message requests will open
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From here, you can see messages that aren’t in your general chat history.

Facebook Website

If you try accessing the Facebook Messenger through your mobile browser, you’ll be redirected to your Messenger app. However, if you do this from the desktop, you’ll access the messenger feature through the Facebook webpage.

One simple way to access these messenger requests is by doing the following:

  1. Tap on the message icon in the top right toolbar
  2. At the top, you will see the option for “Message Requests”
  3. Tap on this option to see the messages

If you don’t see it here try this:

To access this chat, click the lightning bolt chat bubble icon in the top part of the screen and select “View All” in Messenger at the bottom of the drop-down window.

To find message requests, click the gear-shaped icon in the upper left part of the screen and select the Message Requests option. This will display all message requests you’ve received.

Facebook Messenger

There is a Facebook Messenger chat app available online that works just like the “View All” on the website version of the social media site. This Messenger option is similar to that of the website but tends to be quicker and better.

This is because this app is directly focused on chatting and isn’t a redirection from another website. Log in with the same username/phone number and password you use for Facebook to access this app. There is also a desktop version, but it doesn’t really bring anything new.

The process of accessing the message requests using the Messenger web app works pretty much the same as on the Facebook website. Click the gear-shaped icon, select Message Requests, and that’s it.

More About Message Requests

Facebook Message Requests (also known as “Connection Requests) are Facebook’s way of filtering messages sent to users by people who they’re not friends with. In many cases, these messages are spam or can even be scams.

The great thing about message requests is that you can either delete them or read them without ever alerting the sender. Facebook Message Requests do not have read receipts so the classic “seen” icon will not show upon viewing. If you’d like to know more about Facebook Message read receipts we’ve got an article for you.

If you choose to accept the connection request, the message will be moved to your inbox with all your other messages.

Beware of Message Requests

The first tell-tale sign of a spammer is a lot of emojis and ‘loud’ text typed in caps. This should be apparent from the list of requests, but you don’t have to be afraid to tap or click the message request to read more.

Even if the message text seems absolutely normal, make sure that you check out the sender’s Facebook profile. Spam accounts don’t pay too much attention to detail, so if you can’t find a lot of personal stuff on their profile or see something that seems strange, it’s always better to decline the request. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

If an account is an obvious spammer, make sure to report them to the Facebook support team.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is some more information on Facebook Messenger:

Can I use Facebook Messenger even if I deactivated my account?

If you’ve deactivated your Facebook account, you can still use Facebook’s Messenger app. Simply sign in using the same username and password that you used for your Facebook account and you should be good to go.u003cbru003eu003cbru003eOn the other hand, if you permanently delete your account (or Facebook does it for you), your Messenger along with all of its content will be permanently deleted and you won’t be able to log in.

Are there notifications for Facebook Messenger?

Unfortunately no. Due to the nature of unsolicited messages, Facebook has opted to not include notifications for this type of communication. As a user, you will need to periodically check your message requests.

Do Marketplace messages go to message requests?

No. If you’re selling or buying something using the Facebook Marketplace, you should receive the messages directly. Even if you don’t have Facebook Messenger installed on your device, you’ll receive the notification and have the ability to respond regardless.

2 thoughts on “How to See Message Requests on Facebook Messenger”

Hettie George says:
I lost my messenger on facebook, have two messages there can’t open them. Please help.
charles millsaps says:
need to access facebook messenger, my faceook account has been disabled. i do not know why.

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