How to Unhide Messages in Messenger without Replying?

Your Quick Answer: 

  1. You can unhide messages in Messenger in two ways: unarchiving the chat and unignoring it by removing it from spam.
  2. To unarchive a message, open Messenger and go to the three lines icon. Then tap on “Archive” and press and hold on to a chat until you see the option “Unarchive”. Tap on it. 
  3. To un-ignore a message, open the app and, go to the three lines icon, tap on “Message requests”. Then tap on “SPAM”, open the chat you want to unignore, and reply to it. 
  4. Both methods will move the particular chats to the “Chats” section. “Vanish Mode” is a feature on Messenger that deletes the messages sent after they have been seen. It ensures privacy, notifying you even when someone takes a screenshot of the chat.
  5. You can turn on “Vanish Mode” on Messenger by opening a chat, swiping up, holding the screen, and letting go.
Expert Statement

How to Unhide Messages on Messenger?

There are a few methods that you can try:

1. Unarchive the Chat:

If you had archived someone’s chat in the past, you will not find it in the inbox section of Messenger. If you want to unarchive, you have to go to the archive section and unarchive the particular chat by pressing and holding on to it. Alternatively, you can reply to the archived message and notice the chat will be removed from the archive and added to the inbox section. 

Step 1: Open Messenger > Profile icon

The first step that you have to follow is to open the Messenger app on your mobile device. You will be on the main page of Messenger, the “Chats” section. Here you can see all the conversations you have had on this app.

Open Messenger app Profile icon

At the top right corner of the screen, beside the text “Chats”, you will notice an option that resembles three horizontal lines. You have to tap on this option. The “All chats” tab will open in front of you.

Step 2: Go to “Archive”

Under the “All chats” tab, you will see options relating to accessing all kinds of chats on your app, including the ones from the “Chats” section, “Message requests”, as well as “Archive”. You have to tap on the option that says “Archive”.

Go to Archive on messenger

Step 3: Tap on “Unarchive”

Now that you are in the “Archive” section of Messenger, you will notice that all the chats you have ever archived are here.

Tap on archive chat list on messenger
Tap on Unarchive on messenger section

Tap and hold on to the chat you want to unarchive. You will see two options appear at the bottom of the screen. Tap on “Unarchive”. The chat will be moved to the inbox section instantly.

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2. Unignoring the Messages on Chat:

If you have been ignoring someone’s message for a while and wish to put a subtle end to it, you have to go to the Message Requests section and move the chat to your inbox so that it’s more accessible to reply later on in the future. The steps below will guide you through.

Step 1: Go to Messenger> Profile icon

The first step you have to follow to unignore someone’s chat is to open the Messenger app from your phone’s home screen. You will find yourself in the “Chats” section of Messenger, where you will see the conversations of all the users you chatted with.

Open-Messenger-app-Profile-icon

You have to now turn your attention to the top right corner of the screen, where you will find a three-lines icon. You have to tap on it. Consequently, you will reach the “All chats” section of Messenger.

Step 2: Go to “Message requests” > “SPAM”

Now that you are in the “All chats” section, you will see one called “Message requests” in the three options. You have to tap on this option to reach a tab full of chats you can’t see in your inbox. You will be in the “YOU MAY KNOW” section with messages from people that the app thinks you may know but haven’t added.

Go to Message requests on messenger
YOU MAY KNOW on messenger

On the top, you will notice an option that says “SPAM” tap on this option. You will reach the spam folder, where you will find all the chats and message requests you have ignored till now.

Step 3: Reply to move the chat to the inbox 

Once you are in the “SPAM” section, you will have to find the chat you wish to unignore by scrolling. When you find the chat, open it and send them a reply.

Once you are in the SPAM section

Replying to the chat will move it from the “SPAM” folder to the “Chats” section. 

The Bottom Lines:

Both methods will help bring the chats from the two areas to the “Chats” section. When all the chats are in one place, it is easier to text back. Choose the method that works for you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Where are the Hidden messages on Messenger?

There are two places where you might find hidden messages or just messages that you aren’t finding in the “Chats” section. They can be in the “Archive” section, which you can access from the Three lines icon on the top right corner of the screen.

They can also be in the “SPAM” section of Messenger, which you can access from the three lines icon; it can be found more specifically in the “Message requests” section. Therefore, in summary, you can find the hidden messages either in the “Archive” or “SPAM” sections. 

2. What is Vanish Mode on Messenger? 

Vanish Mode is a feature developed recently by Facebook. “Vanish Mode” ensures a message or messages are deleted as soon as the receiver has viewed them. This is useful for sensitive and highly private information as it ensures no one else can view them.

In summary, when a Messenger user turns on “Vanish Mode” in a particular chat, the messages will be deleted after the person opens or sees the message and leaves the chat.

It does not matter if they just entered the chat by mistake or deliberately, and whether they saw the message or not, the message is going to get deleted to ensure privacy. You will also know if they took a screenshot of the chat.

3. How to Turn On Vanish Mode on Messenger?

“Vanish Mode” is a feature in Messenger and can be enabled easily, but if you are having difficulty finding it in the app, you can try the Beta version of Messenger.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open Play Store and search for Messenger. See if any updates are available; if yes, update the app to the latest version.

Step 2: Open the Messenger app and go to “Chats” if you are not already there. 

Open the Messenger app on chat

Step 3: Tap and open a chat in which you want to turn on “Vanish Mode”.

Open the Messenger app i icon
 turn on Vanish Mode on messenger

Step 4: Swipe the screen upwards, pause like that for a short while, and release the screen. “Vanish Mode” will be enabled.

Vanish Mode will be enabled on messenger

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