Many people have been complaining that they’re seeing unread messages notification on Messenger, but they don’t see any new messages.
If you’re using the Facebook app, or just Messenger you may have come across this issue.
So if Messenger shows a notification that you’ve unread messages but you don’t see any new messages, how do you fix it?
In this article, you’ll know why Facebook Messenger is showing unread message notifications but no message. You’ll also learn how to fix it.
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What To Do If Messenger Show Notification But No Message?
When you start up Facebook or see that you have an unread message on the app, but then you click on the notification and open the app, there’s nothing new.
You must be wondering why it’s happening, I have previous experience with this issue, and most of the time it’s because the message is in the message requests inbox.
And sometimes it may just be a glitch that’s causing the notification to show message notification, even though you already see all the messages.
This is just one of the reasons why Twitter notifications won’t go away.
Facebook Messenger icon shows that you have an unread message but it doesn’t when you go into Messenger, this is what to do to get rid of the issue.
If you’re using an iPhone or Android device, open the Messenger app, and tap on your profile picture at the top left corner.
You’ll see different options from the profile menu, now tap on Message requests, and you’ll see all the unread messages. For other devices, check the fixes [heading].
You should know that if you’ve read all the message requests and it’s still showing, it’s a glitch. And you’ll just have to wait or delete, restart, and reinstall the app.
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Why Does My Messenger Show A Notification But No Message?
If you look at the Messenger app and it says you have an unread message but there’s nothing, this can be caused by different REASONS.
If your Messenger notification won’t go away, it’s because you have an unread message in the Message request inbox.
This is where all the message people sent will end up, if they’re not yet your friends on Facebook.
And sometimes you may experience this issue if there’s a glitch on the Facebook Messenger app.
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How To Fix Messenger Notification But No Message
To fix the Messenger icon showing that you have an unread message when you don’t, you’ll need to go to the Message requests inbox.
Step 1: Open Messenger
If you’re seeing that you have a message notification and it won’t go away, you’ll need to check your Message requests inbox.
Open Messenger and tap on your profile picture at the top left corner of your screen.
Step 2: Tap Message Requests
On the profile menu, tap on Message requests and you’ll see all the people that have sent you messages.
There’s also a Spam section on the top, these users are not your friends on Facebook.
And if messages keep coming, they’ll come to this requests inbox if they’re not your friends on the app.
Open all the message requests chat to see all the messages. After that, the unread message icon and notification will no longer show on your device.
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If you’re using Messenger on the web to chat, you can see the unread message from your profile menu.
Step 1: Open Facebook
Go to your web browser on your computer and open facebook.com, sign in to your account.
Step 2: Tap Messenger
On the Messenger menu, tap on the unread message on the left-hand side, indicated by text in a bold font.
Facebook Lite App
If you’re using the Facebook Lite app and you’re seeing that you have an unread message but there are no messages, this is how to get to the message requests inbox.
Step 1: Open Lite App
Open the Facebook Lite app, and tap on the Messenger icon from the toolbar.
Step 2: Tap The Gear Icon
Once you’re in the message section, you’ll see settings [gear icon] and search icon at the top. Tap on Settings [gear icon].
Step 3: Tap Message requests
On the next page, tap on Message requests and you’ll see all the messages you’ve gotten from people that aren’t your friends.
If you tap on Spam at the top right corner, you’ll see more of the messages.
Open all the messages if it’s unread, and then the red-colored notification icon should disappear.
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If you’ve viewed all the message requests on the inbox, and the Facebook Messenger notifications won’t go away, it means that there’s a bug/glitch. Here’s how you can fix it.
Fix 1: Refresh The App
If Messenger had a notification but no message, you can restart the app by force-stopping the app and background refreshing.
If you’re using an Android device, you can force stop the app and it will stop it from running in the background. Then open the app again.
The Messenger app must be open for you to be able to tap on the Force Stop button.
To Force Stop app on Android, open your phone Settings > Tap on Apps & notifications > Tap on App info or See All [Num] apps > Then find Messenger app > And then tap on Force Stop.
You can also tap and hold the Messenger app on your Home Screen, then tap on the App info icon, and tap on Force Stop.
You can refresh the Messenger app on your iPhone, all you have to do is refresh the app in the background.
To restart the app on it, open your phone Settings > Find the Instagram app > Tap on Background App Refresh > Toggle on the background refresh.
Fix 2: Uninstall And Reinstall
If you’re still seeing the red-colored notification dots on the Messenger icon, your next fix is to delete and redownload the app.
You’ll need to uninstall the app from your device and restart your device before reinstalling the app again.
This will fix the Messenger red-colored notification issue, and you’ll be able to see notifications that matter [?].
To uninstall the app from your phone;
For Android: Tap and hold the Messenger app, and you’ll see the uninstall option at the top, drag and drop and the app will be deleted, for Android.
For iPhone: Tap and hold the Messenger, and on the small pop-up menu, tap on Delete App. The app will be removed from your device.
Once you’ve deleted the app from your phone, you’ll need to restart your phone before reinstalling the app.
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Facebook Messenger shows that you got a message but when you check, there are no messages, it’s either a bug or the message is in the Message request inbox.
If the person that message you is not your friend, the message will be in the Message requests inbox.
If you don’t read it, you will continue seeing that you have an unread message on Messenger.
But this isn’t always the case, sometimes, it may just be that the app has a bug that’s causing the Messenger notification to show.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Messenger showing I have a message when I don’t?
If you have a message notification but no message, it means that someone that’s not your friend has sent you a message request. This could also be caused by a glitch/bug on the app.
How do I get rid of the messenger notification when there is no message?
When you’ve read all your messages, even the one from the Message requests box and the red-colored notification is still showing, you’ll have to delete the app and reinstall it again on your device to get rid of the Messenger notification.
I cannot thank you enough for this article. Those pesky unread messages have plagued me for YEARS! Problem solved!