How to Access the Hidden Messages in Facebook Messenger

Access Hidden Messages in Facebook Messenger

Facebook has an algorithm that screens out messages from people who are not connected to you. Should the algorithm deem that a message from a stranger is not worth reading, it redirects the message to a filtered messages folder. Messages in the filtered folder do not give any notification. You can still access the hidden messages in Facebook to view these unread messages. You may be surprised at the number of messages you have in your filtered messages, and you may find some of these messages are important to you. This tutorial outlines the different ways to access the hidden messages in Facebook using your Windows computer, Android, and iPhone.

Access the Hidden Messages in Facebook Messenger Using Windows

To access the filtered messages in Facebook Messenger using your Windows computer, follow these instructions:

1.Log into your Facebook account.Windows - Facebook login
2.On your account, click on the Messages icon located at the top of the page.Windows - Facebook - Message
3.From the Message pop-out, click on Messages Requests.Windows - Facebook - Message - Message Requests
4.You will now see message requests from people who are not on your Friends list. This is your first hidden message box.Windows - Facebook - Message - Message Requests - Message
5.In Message Requests, tap on See filtered requests Windows - Facebook - Message - Message Requests - See filtered Request
6.You are now on the filtered message requests. This is your second hidden message box.Windows - Facebook - Message - Message Requests - filtered messages
7.Click on a message from either of the inboxes to see the contents.Windows - Facebook - Message - Message Requests - Message
8.Click on Accept if you want messages from the person to go straight to your normal inbox.Windows - Facebook - Message - Message Requests - Accept
9.You are done.

Access the Hidden Messages in Facebook Messenger Using iPhone and iPad

To see the hidden messages in Facebook Messenger using your iPhone or iPad, follow these steps:

1.Go to your iPhone’s Home screen.iPhone Home screen
2.From the Home screen, open the Messenger app.Facebook Messenger icon
3.You are now on your normal inbox. Tap on the Me button on the lower-right corner of your screen.iPhone - Messenger - Messages - mE
4.From your settings, tap on People.iPhone - Messenger - Messages - Me - People
5.Under the People page, tap on Message Requests.iPhone - Messenger - Messages - Me - People - Message Requests
6.You are now on the Requests page. This is your first hidden inbox.iPhone - Messenger - Messages - Me - People - Requests
7.Tap on See filtered requests.iPhone - Messenger - Messages - Me - People - Requests - Filtered Requests
8.You are now on the Filtered Requests page. This is your second hidden inbox.iPhone - Messenger - Messages - Me - People - Requests - Filtered Requests Messages
9.Tap on a hidden message to open its contents. Tap on the Accept button if you want messages from the person to go straight to your normal inbox. iPhone - Messenger - Messages - Me - People - Requests - Filtered Requests Messages - Accept
10.You are done.

Access the Hidden Messages in Facebook Messenger Using Android

To view the hidden messages in Facebook Messenger using your Android device, follow the steps below:

1.Press the Home button to go to your Home screen.folder now deleted on home screen
2.From the Home screen, tap on the Apps icon.1. Apps icon on Home screen
3.Locate and tap on Messenger from the App drawer.Android - Messenger
4.You are now on the messages. Tap on the Settings icon located in the upper-right corner of the screen.Android - Messenger - Message - settings
5.From Settings, tap on People.Android - Messenger - Message - settings - People
6.From the People page, tap on Message Requests.Android - Messenger - Message - settings - People - Message Requests
7.You are now on the Messages Requests page. Android - Messenger - Message - settings - People - Message Requests - Message
8.Tap on See filtered requests.Android - Messenger - Message - settings - People - Message Requests - Message - See filtered requests
9.You are still on the Message Requests page. The filtered messages will be visible but will appear to be a bit blurred out.Android - Messenger - Message - settings - People - Message Requests - filter request
10.Tap on a hidden message to open its contents. Tap on the Accept button if you want messages from the person to go straight to your normal inbox. iPhone - Messenger - Messages - Me - People - Requests - Filtered Requests Messages - Accept
11.You are done.

I have just showed you how to access the hidden inbox in your Facebook Messenger. If you have any questions about the steps for Windows, iOS, or Android, leave a comment in the comments section so that I can get back to you.

 

About Leomar Umpad

A supply chain operations manager by profession. A technology-lover and a writer by heart. I have the passion to teach and inform.
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