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Reasons Why Facebook Messenger Chat Sent but not delivered

Most people on Facebook have being like “Why aren’t my Messenger messages not delivered?” Sometimes one ponders whether he/she has been blocked or marked as spam. It is indeed frustrating if you have been on that same shoe.

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In this post, I have gathered helpful reasons why your Facebook messages are not delivered. Sometimes they are marked as “Sent” even when the person to receive the chat is found active.

This post  also is for you if;

  • Facebook message sent but not delivered
  • Facebook message not delivered but online
  • Facebook messages delivered but not seen
  • Facebook messenger sent but not delivered
  • Facebook message won’t deliver
  • Facebook messenger message sent, delivered but not read

From the above options, we have found two issues. Facebook messages not delivered and messages not read when currently online.

You are neither blocked on Facebook nor Messenger even when your messages are yet to be delivered. I want you to get that thought of your memory.

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Why Your Facebook Message Sent not delivered or read

Facebook Message Sent not delivered
Facebook Message Sent not delivered / ©ChuksGuide


One of these options below must relate to your current message delivery status.

  • Your message was ignored
  • They just read and marked your message as “unread”
  • They quickly deleted your message without reading it. They might have read it through the status bar
  • They quickly marked your message as Spam or
  • They are not currently logged into Messenger app
  • Your chat is currently in the Connection Requests list. It is not yet approved

Most times, message sent not delivered and message delivered not seen are always confused with one another.

From my own personal experience, when a Messenger chat is marked as sent even when the recipient is marked as Active, it is likely that he/she has ignored you on Messenger, your message has not been accepted or they are using Facebook lite.

Messenger also allows chats to be pending in Connection Requests/Message requests. Message Requests adds incoming message that are not in someone’s Friend lists. They are kept there until the recipient either approves or rejects the chat.

When a chat is approved, you should see “xxxxxxx accepted your request“. Your message should then be marked delivered when necessary. This option is related to people that are not in one’s Facebook friend list. If rejected or deleted, it remains as sent.

Also when a message shows as sent even when they are online, it could also be that they are not logged into messenger or Messenger app is not installed on their device.

They will be unable to receive messages unless they log into or install Messenger. As soon as they log into Messenger, the message will be delivered.

Facebook Messenger message delivered but not  read
Facebook Messenger message delivered but not  read / © ChuksGuide


This only happens when they are on a mobile phone and have logged out. As soon as they log into Messenger, the message will be delivered then considered to be read by them.

READ: How to keep your Facebook Account safe from hackers

When your message has been received but yet to be read, it could be it was ignored, marked unread, deleted or marked as spam by your recipient.

If one is convinced that the receiver is currently active when the chat is delivered but not read, then the fastest way to force someone to open your chat is through either Messenger voice call or video call.

With voice or video call, they are forced to open the chat or terminate the call.

It could be a server problem –  Most times messages are delayed before they are sent. Sometimes you see “Chat is currently unavailable or Message stuck on sending without ticking either sent, deliver or even read.”.

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If this shows up, it could be that Messenger server is down at the moment. The best thing to do is to leave Messenger on its own for about 1 hours until it comes down to normal.

If you cannot be patient enough for 1 hour, then you may try logging to Facebook with PC or Web browser.

Updated on January 19, 2018

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  2. Your message can be sent and shown as not delivered when someone has ignored messages from you – they can go online and read them and the message will still show as not delivered. Only when they reply to you does it show as delivered and seen at the same time.

    1. You can mute someone on Messenger in two ways

      1. Using Messenger “Mute” option or
      2. Using Block in Messenger

      The first option still receives chats from the person but you won’t be notified when chats come. But in the last option, you cannot send or receive chats from someone you blocked on Messenger. Although, you are still friends on Facebook. To receive message again from him/her, then unblock the person to start receiving new chats.

      We hope you find this useful.

  3. Suddenly in messenger ny chats are dscovered and i cant send message to any one please help me out

    1. You may need to uninstall Messenger on your phone…Or you should try to login Facebook using a web browser to see if it works with a browser

  4. Is it possible they have two accounts and just switch account on messenger that why this happens???

    1. If they have two accounts currently logged on Messenger then the other account that is not active may not be able to mark your messages as delivered until they switch over to it

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