How to find your ‘hidden’ messages on Facebook, and a lot of spam
Before Facebook introduced “Message Requests” to let you Accept or Ignore messages from people you are not Facebook friends with, messages from [Facebook] strangers — and spam messages for that matter — ended up in your “Other Inbox.”
With the roll-out of “Message Requests” messaged from these strangers — and spam — end up in a section for “Filtered” messages. This is not immediately obvious and you may be missing messages you actually want to read — personally, I found nothing but spam going back a few years, so no harm done (and a hat tip to Facebook for sparing me the effort of dealing with this trash), but your situation may be different.
How to find your filtered Facebook messages (and a lot of spam)
Find filtered messages in Facebook Messenger
To find these filtered messages in the Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android, open the Messenger app > tap Settings (lower right corner in iOS or top right corner in Android) > tap People > tap Message Requests > scroll to and tap See Filtered Requests.
You might find messages going back years, most of which is probably spam. It doesn’t hurt to check, though.
Tip: Even if you see nothing on mobile, check Facebook on your desktop too. I found nothing in Messenger and a slew of spam on desktop.
Find filtered messages in Facebook on desktop
Open Facebook on our desktop (in whatever browser you prefer) > click on the Messages icon in the upper left corner > click on Message Requests > click See filtered requests.
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