How to Find Hidden Facebook Messages

Find your hidden Facebook inbox and read your lost messages

What to Know

  • Desktop: Select Messenger icon > three dots > Message Requests See All in Messenger.
  • Android: Tap your profile picture > Message Requests > You May Know or Spam.
  • iOS: Tap Message Requests > Spam to see filtered messages.

Follow these steps on the web and in any version of the Messenger app to find your hidden Facebook messages—Facebook's equivalent of junk mail that comes from people you don't know.

Access Hidden Facebook Messages From the Desktop

The quickest way to check your hidden messages on the desktop is to find your Facebook message requests and filtered messages in a web browser.

You can also check for these hidden messages on the desktop version of Facebook using the steps below.

  1. Open Facebook, and select the Messenger icon on the top right side of Facebook.

    The Messenger icon
  2. Select Options which looks like three dots at the top of the Messenger menu.

    The Options button in the Messenger window
  3. Select Message Requests in the menu.

    The Message Requests icon in Messenger Options
  4. From the list of messages, select the message and choose to either Reply to open the conversation, or Delete to remove the request.

  5. Select See All in Messenger to check for Spam messages.

    The "See All in Messenger" option

View Hidden Facebook Messages With Messenger on Android

Check for hidden messages on the Android version of the Facebook Messenger app using the steps below.

  1. Open the Messenger app. 

  2. Tap your profile picture in the upper-left corner of the Chats window.

  3. Select Message Requests.

    Navigating to Message Requests in the Messenger app
  4. Select You May Know to see message requests and Spam to see messages marked as spam. Choose to accept or delete the

View Hidden Facebook Messages With Messenger on iOS

Follow these steps to check for hidden messages on the iOS version of the Facebook Messenger app.

  1. Open Messenger on your phone and tap your profile picture in the upper-left corner.

  2. Select Message Requests.

  3. Tap Spam to see filtered messages.

    When you have message requests, select Accept or Decline to authorize or hide them.

    Message requests in the Messenger app for iOS

If Facebook thinks you know someone based on connections with your current friends, it will deliver a new message from this person as a message request. If there's no evidence that you know the sender, Facebook sends them to your spam mailbox.

Facebook Message Requests and Community Standards

Facebook enforces Community Standards that cover bullying, harassment, threats, and sexual violence or exploitation. If you feel you have received a message that violates these standards, you can report the message to Facebook. Doing this will decrypt the encrypted message so the Facebook Help Team can review it.

When this happens, Facebook does not tell the person who starts the secret conversation. You also have the option to block someone on Messenger. You can also block them on Facebook.

  • How do I delete Facebook messages?

    To delete Facebook messages in a browser, select Messenger and choose See all in Messenger. Select a message and hover the cursor over it > select More (three dots) > Remove. In the app, tap and hold a message > Remove.

  • How do I recover deleted Facebook messages?

    While you can't recover deleted Facebook Messenger messages, you can try some workarounds. Check to see if you archived the message instead of deleted it, or download your Messenger data and examine the report for the message you hope to retrieve. You can also try asking your contact if they have a copy of the chat.

  • How do I find archived messages on Facebook?

    In the Messenger app, tap your profile picture > Archived Chats. Swipe a message and select Unarchive. On a browser, select Messenger and choose See all in Messenger. Select More (three dots) > Archived Chats.

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