How to See Message Requests on Facebook Messenger
Instant messaging has been around for quite a while and is currently the most popular means of online communication. As the most popular chat platform in the world, Messenger has to bring top levels of protection for its users to the table. Therefore, Facebook has recently introduced the message requests feature to Messenger. Message requests are essentially messages that are pending your approval, from people who you don’t know. Here’s how to see them.
Why Messaging Is Still Important
Although Facebook isn’t nearly as popular as Instagram nowadays, the company has actually bought Instagram in 2012. Now, Facebook has essentially become a forum app, where people post a variety of photos, statuses, discussions, links, etc. and join in the discussion in the comment section.
However, Facebook has come up with Messenger, an app that will work even if you deactivate your Facebook account. Over time, this app has become the most widely used chat app in the world. It may not have a smooth experience like Telegram or emoji options like WhatsApp, but what it does have is reach.
There are a lot of spammers and cybercriminals out there, so it is advised to never engage in a conversation with people that you don’t know or look fishy. In order to make sure that you don’t engage them by accident, Facebook has moved these messages to the Message Requests section. Accessing this section may not be as apparent and obvious as accessing other messages.
On Android, you should first open the Messenger app. Sign in by entering the required information. In the screen that appears, you’ll see the Home icon at the bottom left corner of the screen, followed by a Phone icon. To the right of the central circle, you’ll see two icons. Tap the one to the far right.
Now, navigate to Message Requests in the displayed menu. This will take you to a page that features a list of message requests that you have pending. If the list is empty, you don’t have any message requests.
On your iPhone or iPad, find the Messenger app icon and tap on it. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see three tabs, Chats, People, and Discover. Click on the middle one, People. Once in this tab, you should tap on the bubble icon with three dots inside it in the upper right corner of the screen. The screen with your message requests will open.
If you try accessing the Facebook Messenger through your mobile browser, you’ll be redirected to your Messenger app. However, if you do this from the desktop, you’ll access the “old chat”. To access this chat, click the lightning bolt chat bubble icon in the top part of the screen and select View All in Messenger at the bottom of the drop-down window.
To find message requests, click the gear-shaped icon in the upper left part of the screen and select the Message Requests option. This will display all message requests you’ve received.
For those of you who didn’t know, there is a Facebook Messenger chat app available online that works just like the View All in Messenger option that you get on Facebook’s website, only quicker and better. This is because this app is directly focused on chatting and isn’t a redirection from another website. Log in with the same username/phone number and password you use for Facebook to access this app. There is also a desktop version, but it doesn’t really bring anything new.
The process of accessing the message requests using the Messenger web app works pretty much the same as on the Facebook website. Click the gear-shaped icon, select Message Requests, and that’s it.
Who to Trust
Accepting message requests may be easy and no more than a few clicks or taps away, but in reality, the dangers are real. They range from basic online scams to potent computer viruses and even identity theft. When considering accepting message request on Facebook, make sure that you check the sender thoroughly.
The first tell-tale sign of a spammer is a lot of emojis and ‘loud’ text typed in caps. This should be apparent from the list of requests, but you don’t have to be afraid to tap or click the message request to read more. They won’t see the ‘seen’ icon until you’ve accepted their request.
Even if the message text seems absolutely normal, make sure that you check out the sender’s Facebook profile. Spam accounts don’t pay too much attention to detail, so if you can’t find a lot of personal stuff on their profile or see something that seems strange, it’s always better to decline the request. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If an account is an obvious spammer, make sure to report them to the Facebook support team.
Message Requests Are There for a Reason
And that reason is your own safety. Be careful when accepting friend and message requests and give them a thorough check.
Do you have any message request stories? What’s the weirdest message that you received in the Message Requests inbox? Speak up in the comment section.