Did you know that you have a “Filtered Messages” folder for your Facebook messages?

In the ‘old days’ (which in the world of Facebook isn’t that long ago!) there used to be an ‘other’ folder where private messages from people who aren’t your friends would appear.

When Facebook updated their messaging feature, they took the other inbox away, and replaced it with message requests – so you have to accept messages from non-friends, rather than just seeing them in your inbox, or having them sift into the ‘other’ folder.

Except, what most people didn’t realise is that Facebook is still filtering your message requests. So by default, you don’t automatically see message requests from everyone who sends you a private message.

When I shared these instructions on Facebook earlier, several people reported finding important messages in their filtered messages folder – including business enquiries and VIP concert invites!

How to check for filtered messages in the Facebook Messenger smartphone app:

  1. Open the Messenger app on your phone.
  2. Click on the cog icon, bottom right of the app.
  3. Select ‘People’.
  4. Select ‘Message Requests’.
  5. You’ll see ‘Filtered Requests’ at the bottom of the list.

Filtered Message Requests on Facebook Messenger App

If you cannot see these steps on your phone, it suggests your Facebook app hasn’t been updated. Update the app and check again.

How to check for filtered messages on the desktop version of Facebook Messenger.

  1. Open Messenger via https://messenger.com
  2. Click on the cog icon, top left.
  3. Select ‘Message Requests’.
  4. You’ll see ‘Filtered Requests’ at the bottom of the list.

Filtered Message Requests on Facebook Messenger Desktop

Spill the beans… how many previously unseen filtered messages did you find? 🙂

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Veronica Pullen

Veronica Pullen

The Mile-Deep Marketing Queen at Apples to Oranges Ltd
Veronica Pullen, AKA The MIle-Deep Marketing Queen helps coaches, trainers, consultants, mentors, experts, speakers, and therapists to attract your ideal, like-minded clients from your 'Mile-Deep' Facebook marketing, networking, group challenges, and ads.
Veronica Pullen
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