How to See Message Requests On Instagram 2022

Almost everyone using Instagram has a general idea of chatting on the app through Direct Messages. But, when it comes to Message Request, you may wonder about its existence.

If a non-follower sends you a message, their messages land on the Message Request tab named “Requests”. These messages can be viewed and read by you, but until you accept the message, the users won’t be able to view the seen status.

If you think the accounts are spam, you can even block them and prevent them from sending you messages further. Or, you can accept the message and continue the conversation. 

Let’s have a close look at how you can check the message requests on Instagram.

How Can You Check Message Requests On Instagram Without Them Knowing

Step 1: Open the Instagram application.

Step 2: Tap the chat icon present at the top right corner of the screen. This will open the message inbox. 

The message inbox will be classified into three sections if you have a business account –

1) Primary tab that stores the important messages and you will receive notification for these messages.

2) General tab consists of the less important messages and you don’t get any notifications for these types of messages.

3) Requests tab, which includes the message requests (the messages you receive from the people you don’t follow).

If you have a personal account, there are only two tabs – Primary and Requests.

Step 3: Tap the “Requests” tab. It will now show all the message requests you’ve received.

Step 4: Click on a message to read it.

The message will not be marked as seen to the sender until you accept it.

You can either block the user, delete the message request or accept the message to continue the conversation.

How to See Message Requests On Instagram Desktop

Step 1: Go to and log in to your account if you aren’t already logged in.

Step 2: Click the chat icon at the top next to the home icon.

Step 3: Select the Requests tab.

Why Do the Message Requests Disappear?

Most often, you may find that the message requests have disappeared from the “Requests” tab. This can occur due to varied reasons like you blocked the user, the user un send the message, the user blocked you, the account may have been deactivated or maybe you have accepted the message. 

However, at times, due to certain glitches in the app, the message requests may disappear and reappear again after some time.


Can you read a message request without accepting it?

Yes, you can read the message without accepting it. The other user won’t know that you have seen the message until you accept it.

Do you get notified of Instagram message requests?

If you have turned ON notifications for message requests, you will receive a notification if a stranger sends you a message. The notification message looks like – XYZ wants to send you a message.

What happens if you ignore a message request on Instagram?

You can ignore a message request on Instagram. The sender won’t know that you have seen the message until you accept it.

Can you recover deleted message requests on Instagram?

Once the message request is deleted, you can’t recover them.

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