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How to read Facebook messages

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After reading my guide on how to sell on Facebook, you put my directions into practice and posted your first sales ad. In the comments of the ad in question, a user wrote that he contacted you privately but in the list of your Facebook messages you could not find his request. To understand why, you did some research on the web and ended up straight into this tutorial of mine. I guessed it, right? if so, let me tell you you’ve come to the right place at the right time!

With today’s guide, in fact, I will explain how to read Facebook messages from smartphones, tablets and computers. First of all, I will show you the detailed procedure for accessing the messages of the famous social network from smartphones, tablets and computers. After that I will explain how to do the same operation without installing Messenger , how to view messages sent by people who are not in your friends and how to read received messages without sending the read notification. In addition, you will find instructions for receiving messages to your email address and how to read the deleted ones.

If you can’t wait to find out more, do not delay any longer and find out more about the topic right away. Courage: make yourself comfortable, take all the time you see fit and dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs. Identify the solution of your interest, try to put into practice the instructions I am about to give you and I assure you that, in no time at all, you will be able to view all your Facebook messages. Enjoy the reading!

How to read Facebook messages from your mobile

If you are wondering how to read Facebook messages from your smartphone, all you need to do is download Messenger , the Facebook messaging application available for Android and iOS devices . You must therefore log in with your Facebook account and open the chat of your interest.

If you do not yet have an account with which to log in, start the Facebook app, choose the Sign up for Facebook option and tap the Start button , then enter the required data in the Name and Surname fields , specify your date of birth and your kind of membership and choose whether to register using your phone number or your email address . Finally, indicate a password to associate with your account, press the Next and Subscribe buttonsAnd that’s it. To learn more, you can take a look at my guide on how to sign up for Facebook from your mobile.

Dopo aver effettuato l’accesso al tuo account, fai tap sull’icona della nuvoletta in alto a destra e scarica Messenger, l’applicazione necessaria per leggere i messaggi di Facebook. In alternativa, puoi accedere allo store del tuo dispositivo, cercare l’app in questione e avviarne il download, così come ti ho spiegato nella mia guida su come scaricare Messenger.

Once the download and installation is complete, start Messenger and tap the Continue as [name] button to connect it to your Facebook account. If you do not see this option, enter your account details in the Phone number or email address and Password fields and press the Login button . Then choose whether to activate notifications and contact synchronization and that’s it.

Now all you have to do is press on the chat of your interest to read the messages or write the name of the person with whom you intend to “text” in the Search field (at the top). To find out more, you can check out my guide on how Messenger works.

How to read Facebook messages from PC

If you prefer to read Facebook messages from your PC , connect to the main page of the social network and, if you have not already done so, log in to your account by entering the data in the Email or telephone and Password fields .

If, on the other hand, you have not yet registered with Facebook, enter the required data in the fields Name , Surname , Email address , Password and Date of birth , specify your gender by placing the check mark next to one of the options available between Man and Woman and click on the Subscribe button . For the detailed procedure, I leave you to my guide on how to create a Facebook account.

Now, all you have to do to read a message is to click on the speech bubble icon at the top right, select the chat you are interested in and click on it. Automatically, at the bottom right, a window will open with the messages received and sent in the chat in question.

Alternatively, click on the Home option and choose the Messenger item in the right sidebar to access the Web version of Messenger . Then click on one of the chats visible in the sidebar on the left (or write the name of the person you are interested in in the Search field ) to view all their messages.

Read Facebook messages without Messenger

If you are wondering how to read Facebook messages from your smartphone or tablet without necessarily downloading Messenger , all you have to do is use the browser on your device and connect to the main page of the famous social network.

To proceed, start the browser you usually use to surf the Internet (eg Chrome on Android and Safari on iOS), connected to the main Facebook page , enter your account data in the Mobile number or email address and Password fields and do tap on the Login button .

Now, press the speech bubble icon in the top menu and, in the Messenger download screen, tap the X button  (top right) to access the list of your messages. Then press on the message of your interest to open and read it, while to reply simply enter your reply in the Write a message field and tap the Send button .

Read Facebook messages from non-friends

Perhaps not everyone knows that on Facebook even people who have not made friends on the famous social network can exchange private messages. the latter, however, are not visible in recent messages but in a special section of Messenger.

From smartphones and tablets

To view the messages received from users who are not among your friends on Facebook, take your smartphone or tablet , start the Messenger app and tap on the icon of the two men in the bottom menu, then access the Add section contacts by tapping on the little man icon (top right) and select the Requests option .

Then press the Accept button relating to the conversation of your interest to view the message, reply and add the user in question to the list of people who can write to you (future messages will be visible in the Chat section of Messenger), otherwise tap on the Reject item .

From computer

If you prefer to proceed from a computer , connected to the main Facebook page and, if you have not already done so, log in to your account, then press the cloud icon (top right) and select the item Message requests .

Then click on the conversation of your interest to view the message received and the information on who contacted you: it will be useful to know that the person in question will not know that you have seen the message until you reply. To do this, enter your response in the Type a message field and click on the paper airplane icon . Automatically, the conversation will be moved to recent Messenger messages.

If, on the other hand, you do not intend to reply, you can simply ignore the message, otherwise choose the I do not want to receive messages from [name] option  and press the Delete button to delete the message and indicate future messages sent by the person in question as unwanted ( in this case, the messages will be visible in the Message Requests and View Filtered Messages sections ). Alternatively, choose the  Block  and Block messages options to prevent that user from contacting you.

Read Facebook messages without “Displayed”

Would you like to read a message on Facebook without letting the sender know that you have opened it? Unfortunately, at the time of writing this guide, there is still no possibility to turn off the word ” Viewed ” when reading a new message. However, by practicing a few tricks, you can read new messages without the other person knowing.

From smartphones and tablets

The first solution that you can consider to read Facebook messages without letting the other person know from smartphone or tablet , is reading via push notifications . In fact, when you receive a message on Messenger, just take your device, unlock it and view the notification of the famous messaging application. If the message is short, you can read it without doing anything else, otherwise it is necessary to make a long tap on the notification until the reading area is enlarged (functionality valid only on iPhone).

If you have not activated notifications and you have an Android device , tap on the gear wheel icon to access the Settings , choose the App and notification items and Manage notifications and press on the Messenger item . In the new screen that appears, move the lever next to the item Allow notifications from OFF to ON and that’s it.

If, on the other hand, you have an iPhone / iPad , access the iOS Settings by tapping on the gear wheel icon , press on the Notifications and Messenger items and, in the new screen displayed, move the lever next to the option Allow notifications from OFF to ON . Furthermore, by pressing on Show previews , you can choose whether to show the preview of messages even when your device is locked.

If you’re not going to turn on Messenger notifications, you’ll be glad to know that by turning off your internet connection, you can read Facebook messages without any read receipts.

If you have an Android device , first unlock it, then swipe from the top of the screen to the bottom to access the control panel of the hot keys and press the Wi-Fi symbol (the antenna icon ) to deactivate the connection.

On the iPhone , however, you have to call up the  Control Center  (by swiping from the top right corner of the screen downwards if you are using iPhone X and later or, alternatively, by swiping from the bottom of the screen upwards if you are using previous editions of iPhone), tap on the Wi-Fi icon  and that’s it. Now, all you have to do is open the Messenger app in offline mode, access the chat of your interest and read the message received.

It will be useful to know that if you have a device equipped with Android , there are also free applications that allow you to read Facebook messages without letting it know (for example  Unseen ).

From computer

If your intention is to read a message from a computer without sending the read notification, as you can well imagine the options just described for smartphones and tablets are not valid for the desktop version of Facebook. However, by installing the Unseen – Chat Privacy extension  for Chrome, it is possible to read the messages without displaying the words ” Viewed “.

Then start Chrome on your computer (if you haven’t installed it yet, my guide on how to install Google Chrome might be useful), linked to  this page of the Chrome Web Store , click on the Add  and  Add extension buttons   and wait for the installation is completed.

Now, click on the eye icon appeared at the top right and make sure there is a check mark next to the option Block the “Viewed” function , then connect to your Facebook account, click on the speech bubble icon and select the message of your interest to read it without sending any read notification.

As usual, I remind you that the use of browser extensions produced by third parties represents a potential privacy risk (as the latter can access navigation data). Think carefully before using them.

Read other people’s Facebook messages

If your intention is to read other people’s Facebook messages , you must know that there are several practices that allow you to do this. However, I would like to clarify that this is a serious violation of privacy and can represent a criminal offense. For this reason, I do not take any responsibility for the use you will make of the information you find in the next lines, which are provided for illustrative purposes only.

The  keylogging is one of the most common techniques used by cybercriminals. If you have never heard of it, it is a technique based on spy software called  keyloggers which are installed on the victim’s computer and which are able to capture everything the user types on the keyboard, including access passwords and messages written in chat. I told you about it in more depth in my tutorial dedicated to how to hack Facebook.

The spy applications are another means by which malicious users can read Facebook posts from other people. As well as keylogger programs, these applications are able not only to intercept the text typed by the user on the keyboard but even record calls and access the device’s camera to sneak photos. To learn more and find out how to defend yourself from the dangers of spy applications, you can read my guide on how to spy on a mobile phone remotely.

The phishing is another common technique, which consists in the creation of e-mail and Web sites similar to those of well-known companies (like Facebook) with the intent to deceive the user and discover its access credentials or sensitive data, such as credit card information. To learn more about the subject and learn about other techniques you would do better to warn yourself about, you can take a look at my guide on how to spy on Messenger.

Read Facebook messages on the mail

If you are looking for the solution to read Facebook messages on the mail , I am sorry to tell you that it is not possible. In fact, by activating the email notifications of the famous social network, you can be notified whenever you receive a new message, but to read it you will need to log in to Messenger.

From smartphones and tablets

If, despite the necessary initial premise, you are interested in the topic and want to activate Facebook notifications using your smartphone or tablet , first start Facebook and, if you haven’t already done so, log in to your account.

Then press the ≡ button, choose the Settings and privacy and Settings options , locate the Notifications section and tap the Email item . On the new screen that appears, put the check mark next to the option All notifications, except the ones you choose not to receive and that’s it.

From computer


If you prefer to proceed from a computer , connected to your Facebook account, click on the down arrow icon and choose the Settings option from the menu that appears. Now, click on the Notifications item in the sidebar on the left , click on the Edit option related to the Email item and put the check mark next to the option  All notifications, except those you choose not to receive .

By doing so, every time you receive a new message on Facebook, an email will arrive at the address associated with your account and, by pressing the Open Messenger button , you will be able to quickly access the reading of the message in question. If you have second thoughts, you may find my guide on how to get rid of Facebook email notifications helpful.

Read deleted Facebook messages

If you are wondering if it is possible to  read deleted Facebook messages , the answer is yes. In fact, the famous social network allows both to recover previously archived and deleted messages. How to do? I’ll explain it to you right away!

From smartphones and tablets

To proceed from your smartphone or tablet , start the Messenger application , write the name of the person whose messages you want to retrieve in the Search field at the top, tap on the result of your interest and, automatically, you can view the chat messages with the user in question.

The procedure described above is valid only if the messages were previously archived and not permanently deleted. In the latter case, you can retrieve the messages of your interest by creating and downloading a backup copy of your account.

Then take your smartphone or tablet, start the Facebook app , tap the ≡ button, choose the Settings and privacy and Settings items and press the Download your information option in the Your information on Facebook section .

In the new screen displayed, tap on the Deselect all item , put the check mark next to the Messages option and press the Create file button to start creating the backup copy of your messages. As soon as the file is available for download (you will receive a notification), select the item Available files and press the Download button .

From computer

To read the messages archived on Facebook from a computer , connected to the main Facebook page , type the name of the person of your interest in the Search field at the top and click on the magnifying glass icon to view the search results, then do click on the name of the user you searched for to access his profile, press the Message button and, at the bottom right, a window will open with the messages sent and received by the selected person you had archived.

If, on the other hand, you want to recover the messages you had deleted, log in to your account, click on the down arrow icon and select the Settings option from the menu that appears, then choose the item Your information on Facebook , locate the Download your information section and click on the relevant View button .

In the new open page, put the check mark next to the item Messages and, if you wish, specify the date range of your interest using the drop-down menu next to the Date range item . Press the Create file button and wait for the file to be downloaded, then select the Available files tab and click the Download button for the previously created file.

Once the download is complete, open the downloaded ZIP package (my guide on how to open ZIP files might be useful), double-click the index.html file , locate the person whose deleted messages you want to read and that’s it. To learn more, you can take a look at my guide on how to recover deleted messages on Facebook.