How to View Messages Marked as Restricted in Facebook Messenger

Key takeaways:

  • Restricting someone on Messenger limits their ability to contact you without blocking them completely
  • Restricted messages are moved to the “Message Requests” folder and you won’t receive notifications
  • You can view restricted messages by going to your Messenger privacy settings or searching for the person’s name
  • Restricting is a useful feature for managing unwanted interactions while maintaining connections

Facebook Messenger’s “Restrict” feature is a handy tool for managing your privacy and limiting unwanted interactions. When you restrict someone on Messenger, you’re essentially putting them on a restricted list, which limits their ability to contact you without fully blocking them. This article will guide you through what restricting means, how to restrict someone, and most importantly, how to view messages from restricted accounts.

Understanding the Restrict Feature

The Restrict feature on Messenger is designed to give you more control over your inbox and your privacy. When you restrict someone:

  • Their messages will go directly to your “Message Requests” folder instead of your main inbox
  • You won’t receive notifications for their messages
  • They won’t be able to see when you’re active or when you’ve read their messages
  • Their messages won’t appear in your chat list

It’s important to note that restricting someone doesn’t completely block them. They can still send you messages, but you have the control over whether and when you want to see them.

How to Restrict Someone on Messenger

Restricting someone on Messenger is a straightforward process:

  1. Open the Messenger app and go to the chat with the person you want to restrict
  2. Tap on their name at the top of the chat
  3. Scroll down and tap “Restrict”
  4. Confirm your action

You can unrestrict someone at any time by following the same steps and tapping “Unrestrict”.

Viewing Restricted Messages

Now, the key question: how do you view messages from someone you’ve restricted? There are a couple of ways:

Method 1: Through Privacy Settings

  1. Open the Messenger app
  2. Tap your profile picture in the top left corner
  3. Scroll down and tap “Privacy”
  4. Tap “Restricted Accounts”
  5. Here, you’ll see a list of all the people you’ve restricted. Tap on a name to view their messages.

Method 2: By Searching

  1. In the Messenger app, tap the search bar at the top
  2. Type in the name of the person you’ve restricted
  3. Their chat should appear, along with any unread messages

It’s worth noting that while you can read messages from restricted accounts, they won’t be able to see that you’ve read them.

Why Use the Restrict Feature?

The Restrict feature is a useful tool for a variety of situations:

  • If someone is bothering you but you don’t want to completely block them
  • If you want to limit your interactions with someone without making it obvious
  • If you’re getting too many messages from someone and want to manage them on your own terms

It’s a way to maintain a connection with someone while also maintaining your own boundaries and privacy.


What happens when I restrict someone on Messenger?

When you restrict someone on Messenger, their messages will go to your Message Requests folder instead of your main inbox. You won’t get notifications for their messages, and they won’t be able to see when you’re active or when you’ve read their messages.

Can a restricted person tell that I’ve restricted them?

No, Messenger does not notify a person when you restrict them. They may eventually realize that you’re not responding to their messages, but they won’t know for sure that they’ve been restricted.

Can I still message someone I’ve restricted?

Yes, you can still send messages to someone you’ve restricted. However, you’ll need to go to the Message Requests folder to do so, as their chat won’t appear in your main inbox.

What’s the difference between blocking and restricting?

Blocking someone completely prevents them from messaging you or seeing your profile. Restricting someone allows them to message you, but their messages are diverted to your Message Requests folder. It’s a way to limit interaction without completely cutting off communication.

Can I restrict someone on Messenger without restricting them on Facebook?

Yes, you can restrict someone on Messenger separately from your Facebook settings. However, if you block someone on Facebook, they will also be blocked on Messenger.

Restricting someone on Messenger is a useful way to manage your interactions and maintain your privacy. By understanding what restricting means and how to view restricted messages, you can use this feature to its fullest potential and ensure a more comfortable and controlled Messenger experience.