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How to access the secret Facebook inbox full of messages you didn’t know you received

Updated 4 years ago
Published Apr 7th, 2016 12:03PM EDT
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Did you know that your Facebook Messenger app has a secret inbox that, at this very moment, is probably full of messages you had no idea you received? No, of course you didn’t, because then it wouldn’t be a secret. Well it turns out that Facebook filters some messages you receive by default, and there’s pretty much no indication that the filtered messages have are there unless you know exactly where to look.

It’s not obvious and you won’t find it on your own, but don’t worry because we’ll tell you exactly how to find it and see all the messages you’ve missed.

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As noted by Cosmo UK, the Facebook Messenger app is hiding a secret inbox full of filtered messages deep inside the settings section of the app. Like the spam folder on your email account, this special inbox is home to messages Facebook thinks are likely unwanted. The problem, of course, is that they’re not always unwanted.

Facebook might never have told you about these filtered messages, but we’ll show you how to find out what you’re missing.

  • Open the Facebook Messenger app and tap on the settings icon in the bottom-right corner
  • Under People, tap Message Requests
  • Tap the link that says “See filtered requests”

Here’s a screenshot that shows what this hidden section looks like:

You’ll probably find messages in there that date back years, and most of it will indeed be junk. As Cosmo notes though, there may very well be messages in there that you wish you had received, so it’s a good idea to check it out from time to time.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.