How To View Only Unread Messages On Facebook Messenger

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There are a lot of conversations bound to happen on the most popular and widely used social media platform like Facebook. Among the plethora of messages, it is highly likely to miss out on messages of certain users or groups. If you decide to spot the unread chats then doing it manually by scrolling in the conversation list is not the only option you got.

There is an easier way to view only unread messages on Facebook Messenger which we are going to mention in this tutorial.

Also, we will share with you how to mark read messages as unread and how to view hidden messages on Facebook Messenger, so that you can manage all the messages on your Facebook account like a pro.

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View Only Unread Messages On Facebook Messenger

1. Visit the Facebook website from your computer’s browser and log in to your account if you haven’t already.

2. On the homepage (News Feed), click on Messenger on the left sidebar.

Filter Unread Messages on Facebook messenger

3. This will open all the conversations you ever had on Facebook. To see the ones that are unread click on gear icon at the top left and select Unread Threads.

View only unread messages on Facebook messenger

That’s all you need to do. The messages will be filtered and you will see the list of conversations you haven’t read. No more losing messages that are important to you.

action on unread message

4. If you wish you can take some actions on these unread messages like marking them as read, deleting or putting them in the archive. For that, click on the gear icon on the right side of that particular conversation. A new options menu will appear from which you can take appropriate action on the unread message.

To revert back to the usual screen that shows all the chats click on gear icon at the top left corner but this time select All Threads.

Note: Currently, there is no option to see only unread messages on the Messenger app for Android or iOS devices.

Mark Read Messages As Unread

In the previous method, we looked into how you can view unread messages in the Facebook Messenger. Now, we will share with you the tips on how you can mark read messages as unread on Messenger. You can follow the steps below to do the same

From Messenger App

1. Open Messenger app on your smartphone. Now swipe towards left on the conversation which you want to mark as unread. After that, tap on the hamburger icon.

hamburger icon on app
mark Facebook message as unread on app

2. As soon as you tap on the hamburger icon, a new options menu will appear. Tap on Mark as Unread to unread the message.

From Web Messenger

1. Go to Facebook on your computer, and click on Messenger icon on the right of the Friend Request icon.

mark as unread web

2. It will open all your conversations in the chronological order. Now click on the small Mark as Unread icon in front of the desired conversation.

After learning how to view the unread messages and mark read messages as unread. Now it’s time to learn how you can view the hidden messages on Facebook.

View Hidden Messages On Facebook Messenger

When an unknown person sends you a message on Facebook, it gets hidden because Facebook considers such messages as spam. So if you want to read all the hidden unread messages then you can follow these steps.

From Messenger App

people and profile option

1. Open Messenger app on your smartphone. Once the app opens tap on the people icon at the bottom. After that, tap on the profile plus icon at the top right corner.

Note: In the case of iOS devices, you will get the Message Request icon on the left side of the profile plus icon itself.

See hidden message requests on Facebook app

2. Now tap on REQUESTS. Here you will see the hidden message requests. Tap on See all to see all the hidden message requests. You can open any request to get info about who’s messaging you.

From Web Messenger

see Facebook hidden message requests on web

1. Go to Facebook, and log in to your account. Now, click on Messenger at the left corner below the News Feed option. Now click on the gear icon and select Message Requests to see hidden messages.

See filtered messages

2. After that, click on See Filtered Messages to see all the unread messages. Now you can view all the hidden messages and see the profile of people who are sending you these messages without letting them know until you reply to them.

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After reading this article we are sure that you will be able to handle messages on your Facebook account skillfully. Also, now you know how to view hidden messages, so you can keep track of unknown people who are messaging you. We hope you liked all these methods.

If after reading messages, you have realized you would like to avoid reading on a permanent basis, here’s how you can ignore (and unignore) these messages.

If you feel any trouble following our guide, tell us in the comments below and we will help you.

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Hemant Mendiratta

Hemant Mendiratta is a passionate tech blogger, avid gamer, and social media guru who keenly monitors useful apps and gadgets. He is the ideator of our Instagram tool StoryHoot which allows watching Instagram stories anonymously. You can connect with him on: Facebook, Twitter.

14 thoughts on “How To View Only Unread Messages On Facebook Messenger”

    • Hey Kingston, FB changes its functionality so quickly that we have not yet had time to update the article. But thanks for telling us! We will update it very soon!

  1. Seriously frustrated.. the “unread threads” was one of the most useful features on fb, and they removed it.. whyyy??! Soo annoying…

  2. Because FB has changed its settings, and the “unread message” option isn’t there… do you know if there is another way to see unread messages?

  3. Have you ever come across when that “Unread Messages” option disappears?
    I had always seen it there, then all of a sudden, it disappeared one day and has not reappeared. 🙁 Know what to do then?


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