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How to Fix Messenger Not Showing Messages

Is Facebook Messenger not showing messages or chats?

Messenger allows you to start group video calls, voice calls, and text messaging.

You can connect with your Instagram followers from Messenger and search for them by their name or username.

Change your privacy settings to choose who can reach you or where your messages are sent to.

Customize your reactions with a wide range of emojis.

Choose from multiple chat themes like “Tie-Dye” or “Love” to personalize the app.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix Messenger not showing messages and why can’t you see messages on Facebook Messager.

Why can’t I see messages on Facebook Messenger?

You can’t see messages on Facebook Messenger because the app is outdated or the servers are down.

If you’ve recently updated your device (e.g. to the latest iOS version), it might be incompatible with Messenger.

Some Messenger updates have bugs and glitches that need to be fixed in the next update.

To check if Messenger is down, you need to go to downdetector.com/status/facebook-messenger/.

If there’s a spike in the number of reports, it means that the app is probably down.

You can also search for the issue that you’re experiencing on Reddit or Twitter.

How to fix Messenger not showing messages

To fix Messenger not showing messages, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling the app or updating it to the latest version.

Otherwise, you need to use Messenger on a PC instead (messenger.com or facebook.com).

If the servers are down, you need to wait for 24 to 48 hours for them to be fixed.

Fix 1: Uninstall and reinstall Messenger

  1. Tap and hold the Messenger app and delete it.
  2. Open the Google Play Store or App Store.
  3. Search for Messenger and reinstall it.
  4. Open Messenger and log in to your Facebook account.
  5. Check if your messages are showing (it should be fixed now).

Note: Reinstalling Messenger will log you out of all accounts (so you’ll have to log in again), but all of your messages will be saved as they are stored in Facebook’s database.

Fix 2: Update Messenger

  • If you’ve recently updated your device (e.g. to the latest iOS version), it might not be compatible with Messenger.
  • In some cases, some Messenger updates have bugs and glitches.
  • If you haven’t updated Messenger to the latest version, you need to do so on the Google Play Store or App Store.
  • If the app is already updated to the latest version, you need to wait for a new update.

Fix 3: Use Messenger on a PC instead

  • Use Messenger directly on your browser on messenger.com and log in to your Facebook account.
  • OR download the Messenger desktop app, launch it, and log in to your Facebook account.
  • OR access your Messenger messages on facebook.com by selecting the Messenger icon.

Note: If your messages are not showing on the Messenger mobile app, you can try to access them on messenger.com, the desktop app, or facebook.com instead.

Fix 4: Try these troubleshooting methods

  • Force close the Messenger app and reopen it.
  • Enable mobile data for Messenger (for iOS, go to Settings > Mobile Data > Messenger > Enable).
  • Turn on Airplane mode and turn it off.
  • Use Wi-Fi instead of mobile data (and vice-versa).
  • If you’re using a VPN, turn it off.

Fix 5: Wait for 24 to 48 hours

  • Check if Messenger is down on downdetector.com/status/facebook-messenger/.
  • You can also browse Twitter or Reddit to see if there are people experiencing the same issue as you.
  • If Messenger is down, you need to wait for 24 to 48 hours for the servers to be fixed.

Further reading

How to Fix Can’t Open Messages on Messenger

How to Fix Facebook Marketplace Messages Not Showing on Messenger

How to Fix Messenger Filters Not Working

About the author

Lim How Wei

Lim How Wei is the founder of followchain.org, with 8+ years of experience in Social Media Marketing and 4+ years of experience as an active investor in stocks and cryptocurrencies. He has researched, tested, and written hundreds of articles ranging from social media platforms to messaging apps.

Lim has been quoted and referenced by major publications and media companies like WikiHow, Fast Company, HuffPost, Vice, New York Post, The Conversation, and many others. One of his articles about the gig economy was quoted by Joe Rogan who hosts The Joe Rogan Experience (arguably the most popular podcast in the world), in the This Past Weekend podcast by Theo Von.

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