Facebook is a platform that allows you to connect with your friends. You can interact with them by liking and commenting on their posts and sharing their content. The best way to interact is using Facebook Messenger.

When your friends want to send you a message in messenger, it goes directly to your inbox. When someone you’re not friends with sends you a message, and Facebook thinks that you might not want to see this message – so they see it as spam, then it gets sent to the Requests folder in Messager. This is a separate part of your inbox that contains spam or junk messages that Facebook thinks you won’t want to see.

Note: Not every message you receive will be sent to your requests. These might be spam or just, or it could be messages from Facebook users you’re not friends with yet. That’s why it’s worth looking at your requests because you might see an important message here.

Seeing Message Requests in Messenger

App

1. Open Messenger.

2. Tap on the People tap at the bottom of Messenger in the middle.

3. Select the Speech icon in the upper-right corner. This is the icon with the ellipses.

see all of your message requests

4. You can see all of your message requests. You’ll also be able to see all of your filtered messages. Your filtered messages are the messages that are likely to be spam and check, and these are located below your requested messages. Your requested messages are messages from people that aren’t friends with you.

Desktop

1. Go to Facebook in your web browser.

2. Tap on Messenger in the left corner.

Message requests

3. Tap on Settings > Message requests in the upper-left corner of the screen.

see all of your message requests

4. You’ll see all of your message requests. If you want to see your filtered messages, select See filtered messages at the bottom. When you view a message in this section, the person won’t be able to see that you’ve read it unless you message them back.

Note: If you want to move all your requested messages to your main inbox, you need to reply to the message.