Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular messaging platforms, with over 1.3 billion monthly active users. It allows you to easily communicate with friends, family and even businesses. However, sometimes you may find that your messages to a certain person are not going through or you are unable to view their profile. This likely means they have restricted you on Messenger. Here are some ways to know if someone has restricted you on Facebook Messenger.
Check if You Can View Their Profile
The easiest way to know if someone has restricted you on Messenger is if you are unable to view their Facebook profile. Try searching for their name in the Facebook search bar or going directly to their profile link. If a message pops up stating “This content isn’t available right now,” it’s likely they have restricted you. The profile picture will also be grayed out.
Keep in mind that the person may have also deactivated their Facebook account entirely. In this case, their profile will not show up at all in search results. If you know they still actively use Facebook, then the “content unavailable” message means they have probably restricted you.
See If Your Messages are Going Through
Try sending the person a message on Messenger. If your messages have a single check mark and never change to “seen,” it means your messages are not being delivered to them.
Unlike other apps like WhatsApp that notify you if a message didn’t go through, Messenger will show a sent message with one check mark even if the person has blocked you. If the check mark doesn’t turn blue, your messages are not being received.
Keep in mind that the person may just not be checking Messenger. If it’s been more than a few days and your messages remain on “sent,” it likely means you have been restricted.
Check Your Message Requests Folder
If someone has restricted you on Facebook, any new messages you send them will go to their Message Requests folder rather than their main inbox.
To check if your messages are going to their requests, try sending them a message. Then, log out of your account and log back in with their credentials (if you have them). Go to the Message Requests folder and see if your recent message to them is there. If so, that confirms you have been restricted.
See If You Can Call Them on Messenger
Try using the audio or video call features on Messenger to call the person. If you get an error saying “Can’t call this person” this is a sign they have likely restricted you.
The call blocking only applies to Messenger calls though. You may still be able to call the person normally via phone call or WhatsApp. But on Messenger specifically, the call features will be disabled by the other person blocking you.
Check Your Messenger Privacy Settings
You can check your own privacy settings on Messenger to see if someone has restricted you. Go to the Menu > Settings > Privacy. Here you will see a list of people who you have blocked.
You can also see a list of people who have added you to their restricted list. If the person shows up here, it is confirmation they have blocked you on Messenger. You will not get notified if someone restricts you, but you can check this list.
Try Messaging From a Different Account
Attempt messaging the person from a secondary Facebook account if you have one. Or ask a mutual friend to try messaging the person for you.
If your other account or friend is able to message the person with no issues, it unfortunately confirms your main account has been restricted by them. This prevents your messages and calls from reaching them on Messenger.
Observe Their Activity on Messenger
If you have a mutual Facebook friend, you can ask them to check if your restricted person is active on Messenger. They can see if the person has been online, reading and responding to other people. This indicates they have specifically blocked you only.
You can also check their Facebook activity feed or Stories to see if they are actively posting and messaging others. If they are active on Facebook as a whole, but ignoring only you, they have likely restricted you.
What to Do If You’re Restricted
If you confirm someone has restricted you on Messenger, don’t bombard them with messages from other accounts or contact methods. This may be considered harassment.
It’s best to either move on or politely ask them once via another platform like SMS or email if you can resolve any misunderstanding. If they want to restrict communication, try to respect that decision.
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In conclusion, there are a few observable signs like unavailable profiles, one-tick messages and blocked calls that indicate if someone has restricted you on Facebook Messenger. While frustrating, it’s best not to force communication with someone who has actively blocked you. Be respectful, move on if needed and use the above steps to determine if you have been restricted.