Control who can message you on Messenger

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You can choose to receive or not receive message requests from the following:
  • Friends of your friends on Facebook.
  • People on Facebook with your phone number in their phone’s contact list. Keep in mind that someone with your phone number does not need to be a Facebook friend to reach you.
  • Friends using Messenger without Facebook.
  • Everyone else on Facebook and Messenger.
Change your message request settings on Messenger
  1. Open your Messenger app.
  2. Click your profile picture in the bottom left, then click Preferences.
  3. Tap Privacy & safety.
  4. Tap Message delivery.
  5. Tap on the group you want to control messages for.
  6. Choose to deliver their messages to your Chats list or to your message requests folder. Or, tap Don’t receive requests to stop receiving their messages entirely.
New group chat message requests won't be delivered to your Chats list.
You’ll see more message delivery options after you add your Facebook account to your Accounts Center.
Who can send messages directly to your Chats list
  • Your Facebook friends
  • People on Marketplace
  • People on Facebook Dating
  • Businesses or Pages you've already connected with, such as by previously messaging or commenting on a post
Anyone else you haven’t chatted with before can only send you message requests and can’t call you unless you reply to their message request.
Spam messages
Messages likely to contain spam may be filtered on Facebook and Messenger, even if they come from people you’ve allowed to send you message requests or messages to your Chats list. This spam filtering won't affect messages from your Facebook friends, but may apply to other messages you receive through Messenger.
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