Messenger has a secret inbox – ways to access it and view message requests

We've all been there—it's late at night and a phantom notification pops up on your phone, informing you that so-and-so 'wants to send you a message'.

Whether it's from your long-lost brother or a Ukrainian spam bot, you simply need to find out what these mystery messages from non-Facebook friends say.

But if you miss the notification the first time around, it can be a headache trying to find it again.

This is because all 'message requests' get sent to a folder hidden deep within the Messenger app.

Finding it is easy once you know how, so read on to find out.

How can I see messages from non-friends on Messenger?

To access your message requests from people outside your friends list, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Messenger app on your smartphone
  2. Tap your profile picture icon in the top corner of the screen
  3. Scroll down to the 'Profile' section
  4. Below 'Dark Mode' there should be a line saying 'Message Requests'.

You'll be able to see all of your message requests here and check whether you want to accept them or not. If you accept the request, you'll be able to message the other person and see each other's active status.

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How do I stop strangers messaging me on Facebook?

One of the drawbacks of having a message request inbox is that, well, anyone can send you a message.

With internet phishing scams on the rise in the last two years, you may have noticed more and more spam message requests being sent to your Facebook account.

To hide your profile from strangers and block message requests, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Messenger app
  2. Tap your profile picture icon in the corner
  3. Scroll down to 'Privacy' and tap it
  4. Click 'Message delivery'
  5. Tap 'Others on Facebook'
  6. Select the option that says 'Don't receive requests'

This should now filter any external messages to spam, where you can view them separately.

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