how to show filtered messages hidden by Facebook

There are some very well hidden chats on Facebook Messenger. If you didn’t know about filtered messages, which group together contact requests from people who aren’t close to you, here’s how to access them.

Messenger does not necessarily display all messages that are sent to your inbox. There are indeed those sent by your contacts and which arrive quite normally in your unread mail. But there are also requests from other people trying to reach you, without them being on your contact list. And you might not know anything about it!

Unless you are a “power user” of Facebook Messenger and know all of its functions inside out, you may never have seen the filtered messages page. This column has been around for years, but you have to admit that its path is not the most convenient – especially if you don’t spend your time on Messenger.

This guide shows you how you can display these filtered messages according to your preference: the Facebook website, the one for Messenger or via the mobile application.

View filtered messages on Facebook

  • Click on the Messenger icon;
  • Click on the ellipsis in the window;
  • Choose the line “Invitation by message”;

You will then see a list of filtered conversations with people who may have tried to reach you, but who are not on your contact list. It is also in this section that can fall messages considered by the social network as potential spam. Clicking on one of the requests opens a chat window, if you wish to respond to it.

Facebook indicates that the opening of an invitation by a third party that you do not know is done without risk: in short, the person who calls you will not know anything until you have not answered. Thus, if you consider that his message does not call for a particular response from you, all you have to do is close the discussion and move on.

You also have the option of blocking an individual so that they no longer have the possibility of sending you messages.

View filtered messages on Messenger

The method for viewing filtered messages on Messenger is similar to that provided for Facebook. The route to follow is pretty much the same, except that the interface and layout elements change. It may be more comfortable to use the web version of Messenger, in order to enjoy a clean display and on the entire screen.

  • Go to Messenger and log into your account;
  • Click on the ellipsis at the top left of the screen;
  • Choose the line “Invitation by message”;
  • Review requests and respond or not to individuals.
An example of a filtered message on Facebook Messenger, which is not directly visible in the conversation list.

View filtered messages in the Messenger app

Facebook is also planning a route on its Messenger application to see hidden messages by default.

  • Open Messenger on your smartphone;
  • Click on your portrait at the top left;
  • Choose the line “Invitation by message”;
  • View the conversation (s) that matter to you;
  • Answer them or leave them as they are.

On mobile, Facebook gives access to a very simple option to delete all those contact requests that you no longer want to see. This option is activated by clicking on the “Modify” button. Then select the conversation (s) to be ejected and then validate by pressing “Delete” in the pop-up window. Your ephemeral interlocutor will not know.

Facebook Messenger filtered messages app
You can do the deletions one at a time or in batches.

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Article originally published on March 02, 2018 and updated on November 13, 2021

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