Twitter is a social app that allows you to know about news just as it’s breaking. You can also follow your friends and celebs you admire so that you can catch up with their daily tweets. You can also tweet yourself and your followers can engage with you by liking, retweeting, replying, or sharing your tweet via DMs. If you don’t tweet much, chances are that you send and receive a lot of messages each day.

If you don’t follow someone and they send you a direct message on Twitter, it gets sent to another section in your messages. In the main part of your messages, you only get to see DMs from people that you follow back. If anyone sends you a message and you don’t follow them, it gets sent to your message requests.

Checking Message Requests on Twitter

1. Open Twitter on your device.

2. Tap on the Mail icon in the lower-right corner of the screen.

Note: You’ll be able to see a count on the mail icon for the total amount of new messages that you’ve received. The count is only available for messages that remain unopened so if you open a message, the count will decrease.

tap Message Requests

3. At the top, tap Message Requests. This will tell you how many message requests you have. If you don’t have any, you won’t see a blue message in the upper-right corner of the DMs.

View all of your message requests in the inbox

4. View all of your message requests in the inbox. When you view someone’s message that hasn’t been accepted, they won’t know that you viewed it until you accept their request.

accept or decline their message request

5. You can either accept or decline their message request. If you accept their message request, they’ll be able to send you more messages after that – these messages will be put in your main inbox. If you decline the message request, then the person won’t be able to send you any more messages.

Tip: If you don’t seem to receive any DM requests, then it’s probably because your settings have been turned off which allows anyone to message you. If this setting is off, only people you follow will be able to send you a message. If not, go to Settings and Privacy > Privacy and safety > toggle On receive messages from anyone.