How to View Restricted Messages on Facebook

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    Muhid Suleman

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    Muhid Suleman, An expert writer from Pureprivacy's content team, Dedicate to make data privacy simple and accessible for you. Muhid, Our Content Wizard, weaves tales about online privacy using simple and user friendly procedures. He firmly believes that online privacy is your right and a big deal in the digital jungle.

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  • 30 May 2024
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Did you unintentionally restrict them by hiding their messages from your primary inbox? 

Don’t worry, you are not alone!

Fortunately, Facebook Messenger provides a backdoor way to retrieve these lost communications from restricted accounts. 

Buckle up and discover how to uncover those hidden communications and reunite with your friends.

3 Ways to View Restricted Messages on Facebook

Messenger contains a hidden folder that most of you are unaware of. It stores spam messages in this hidden folder. You can receive texts from anyone on Messenger, including friends and strangers. 

If the message is clean, you will receive a notification. If it is spam, Facebook will store it in a hidden area. As a result, you should open this folder and read all restricted messages.

On Desktop:

If you use Facebook Messenger on a PC or desktop, you can see restricted messages like this:

Step 1: Launch the Facebook app on your preferred browser and sign in.

Step 2: Go to the upper right corner of your screen and select the "Messenger" icon.

Go to the upper right corner of your screen and select the "Messenger" icon

Step 3: To open a menu, tap the "3-dots" icon.

To open a menu, tap the "3-dots" icon

Step 4: Select "Message Requests" to see a list of texts in the hidden folder.

Select "Message Requests"

Step 5: To read all messages, select "See All in Messenger.

select "See All in Messenger."

On the Mobile Phone App (iOS Device):

You should use the Messenger app on your iOS device, as do the majority of people. If so, here's how to go into the hidden folder and read restricted messages:

Step 1: Open the Messenger application on your iOS device.

Step 2: Tap the "Menu" icon.

Step 3: Select "Message Requests."

Step 4: Choose the "You Probably Know" and "Spam" options. Check the list of messages to see if any texts from the friends you restrict are present.

reddit thread about restricted message

On the Mobile Phone App (Android)

As an Android phone user, you can check your restricted messages in Messenger as follows:

Step 1: Open the Messenger app from your device.

Open the Messenger app from your device

Step 2: Tap the hamburger or the "menu" icon in the upper left corner beside the Chats.

Tap the hamburger or the "menu" icon

Step 3: Choose "Message Requests."

Choose "Message Requests."

Step 4: Read messages from two locations in your private folder. First, select the "You May Know" option and go through all messages. If you don't see the ones you need, check the "Spam" folder.

select the "You May Know" option

Although restricted messages appear to be hidden, they remain on Facebook's servers. If a security breach occurs, unauthorized persons may get access to these messages. 

Facebook may also track your interactions through restricted interactions to acquire information about your interests and online activities. 

This information may be used for targeted advertising or sold to third parties. PurePrivacy steps in to address these issues. It can go beyond just revealing limited messages. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What happens to messages if you restrict Messenger friends?


    Anyone you've added to the "Restricted accounts" section cannot track your online activities. Facebook will send you messages and call notifications, but you will not see them. To call or text a buddy, you must first "unrestricted" them.

  • Can I access old and new messages while restricted?


    Facebook Messenger does not prevent you from accessing any previous discussions with individuals who have restricted you. However, it will not allow you to see any new posts. That is because you cannot see their "Active status" and vice versa. The best solution is to open the hidden folder, which contains both known and spam messages.

  • How can I discover my Facebook restricted list?


    To view or change your Restricted List, follow these steps:

    Log in to Facebook on a computer.
    From your News Feed, select Friends from the left menu. If you don't see it, click "See More."
    Click Custom Lists, then Restricted.
    Click next to someone's name to remove them from the list.

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Unrestrict Your Restricted Friends!

Viewing restricted messages on Facebook Messenger requires scrolling through secret settings on the mobile app, but it is possible. On a PC, the process is simpler. 

Remember that restricting someone does not entirely cut off communication; you can still view their messages, but there are certain limitations to interaction. 

If you decide to continue exchanging messages, you may easily Unrestrict the contact.