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6 ways to fix Facebook messages that are sent but not delivered

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With billions of users, Facebook is one of the most popular social media networks. However, it comes with several issues. Also, as millions of messages are sent through Facebook Messenger each hour, the app is bound to face some glitches. However, most users complain about issues such as Facebook messages being sent but not delivered.

There are many reasons why Facebook messages are sent but not delivered. Here, we have listed a few reasons and what you can do to fix it.

Why are Facebook messages not delivered?

Firstly, you need to understand the four message statuses used by Facebook messaging.

  • A circle indicates that your message is in sending status
  • A circle with a blue tick mark indicates your message has been sent
  • A blue circle with a white tick mark indicates your message has been delivered
  • The profile picture of the recipient means that they have read your message
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What are the reasons for Facebook messages not being delivered?

Now that you know the different statuses used by Facebook for the messages, let us now understand the reasons why they are not delivered.

1. The receiver deleted your messages

One common reason for your message not being delivered is that the recipient must have seen it through the notification or status bar and decided to delete it without opening it. It could either be an accident or it could also mean the recipient is not interested in chatting with you.

2.  The receiver is ignoring your message

Another reason for your message not being delivered could be that the recipient is ignoring the message deliberately. The person may be busy or decided to ignore your message after reading your message through the notification. The status will change to delivered once the recipient opens Facebook Messenger.

3. The message is marked as spam

Just as the recipient can delete your message accidentally, they could have marked your message as spam unwillingly. If it is the case, your message will remain to be in sent status and never be marked as delivered.

4.  The receiver has not logged into Messenger

Perhaps the recipient has not logged into his/her messenger. It could mean the recipient is offline and so your message has not been delivered. It may change to the delivered status once the recipient logs in.

5. The message was sent in the Message Request folder

If you sent a message to a person who is not on your Facebook friend list then he/she will receive it in a special Message Request folder. The message will not be marked as delivered until the recipient accepts it.

How to fix sent messages that are not delivered on Facebook?

Your message may not be delivered due to technical glitches in Facebook. Worry not. Here are a few fixes you can try to resolve the issue of messages sent but not delivered on Facebook.

6. Restart your phone

In some cases, the glitch can happen on your device. Rebooting or restarting your phone can solve some issues. If the problem persists, it could be an issue on Facebook’s end.

7.  Log in via a Web Browser

Log in via a web browser instead of the Facebook or Messenger app. This will help you understand whether the issue lies with the Facebook app. If the problem persists, it could mean the issue could be on the recipient’s side.

Try to send messages to other friends and see if they get delivered. This will help you understand if there is a genuine problem with Facebook servers or networks or if the recipient is simply ignoring you. If other friends receive your messages, it may mean that there is no issue at your end. It could also mean the recipient may have blocked you.

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8.  Restart the Facebook Messenger app

There could be an issue with your Facebook app. So, you can restart the app and see if the problem persists. It can even get rid of minor errors and glitches.

You may also check the settings and clear the cache folder and free up the app’s space on your phone and see if it solves the problem.

9. Update or reinstall the app

Try to update the app first. If it doesn’t help, try to uninstall the app and download it again. Also, you can consider downloading messenger lite instead of the full version. The lite version will free up your phone of unnecessary data and start working better.

10.  Contact FB support

If none of the above-mentioned tips work and your messages are still not delivered, you should contact Facebook support. However, make sure to email or WhatsApp your friend to confirm they are not ignoring your messages deliberately.

Final thoughts

In addition to the above-mentioned fixes, your Facebook sent messages may not get delivered because of poor Wi-Fi connection or some other minor issues. We recommend you try again and give it some time to resolve on its own. Also, note that the message not getting delivered is a common issue on both Android as well as iOS devices.

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Varsha Kamath
I have been writing content for various businesses for the last decade or so. Apart from writing content, I enjoy reading and travelling.
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