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Facebook message sent but not delivered: Quick Fix

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Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms of our time. As the company grows and brings more apps like Instagram and Whatsapp in its fold, there are several options for Facebook to use as its messaging app; however, Messenger remains the prime app for messaging on Facebook.

As good as Messenger might be, though, it still runs into bugs and glitches from time to time. In this article, we’re talking about why Facebook messages are being sent but not delivered and the solutions you can take to solve the problem. 

Also read: Why is Facebook Messenger not sending messages?

Why are your messages not being delivered?

There are several reasons why you might be seeing the ‘Facebook message sent but not delivered’ error. Some of the most popular reasons include

  • Internet conenctivity issues
  • The recipeint is logged out of Facebook
  • The recipient deleted the message without reading 
  • Your chat was ignored by the recipient
  • You’ve been blocked by the other person
  • Issues with the Messenger app.

The causes and fixes Facebook message sent but not delivered are same as the following error messages:

  • Why won’t my messages deliver on Messenger?
  • Facebook message not delivered
  • Facebook Messenger sent but not delivered
  • Messenger sent but not delivered
  • Messenger not sending messages
  • Messages sent but not delivered
  • Facebook Messenger not sending messages
  • Difference between send and delivered on Messenger

How to fix this?

Here are a few solutions you can try to see if they solve the Facebook message sent but not delivered issue. 

Restart the device

The first thing you should try out in such situations is restart your phone. Restarting can resolve many seemingly random issues, primarily network or SIM issues. You can also try toggling airplane mode on and off.

Check Messenger server status

Another thing you should do before blaming your phone is to check and see if Messenger is facing an outage. You can use sites like Downdetector to check if anyone reports any outage spikes. 

You have been blocked or ignored

One more reason why Messenger won’t let you message specific people is when a particular user has unfriended or blocked you. In either of these cases, your messages might not get delivered, or the other user might get asked if they want to see your messages or not. 

Additionally, your chat might’ve been ignored by the recipient. This feature on Messenger lets users hide chats they don’t want to interact with and hides them away in a separate folder. 

Check out our detailed guide on ignoring people on Messenger here.

Disable the Data Saver

Messenger has an in-built data saver that can sometimes cause problems for you. 

Why is Facebook Messenger not sending messages?
  • Open Messenger and tap on your profile picture in the top right.
  • Tap Data Saver.
  • Make sure that the Data Saver slider is disabled. 

Now restart the app and try again. 

Also read: Why is WhatsApp not working? 16 Fixes

Force stop the app

Force stopping an app and restarting it again can also help resolve issues with unresponsive apps.

  • Head over to your phone’s settings and tap Apps.
  • Tap See all apps.
  • Find Messenger in the list.
  • Tap the Force stop button. 

Now try opening the app again, and it should work fine. 

Enable background data

Background data lets an app access internet on your phone even when it’s minimised. If that’s disabled for Messenger, you might not be able to send or receive messages. 

  • Head over to your phone’s settings and tap Apps.
  • Tap See all apps.
  • Find Messenger in the list.
  • Tap Mobile data and WiFi.
  • Make sure the Background data slider is enabled. Additionally, make sure that the Unrestricted data usage slider is enabled as well. 

Now try restarting the app, and it should work just fine. 

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Clear the app cache

Clearing the app cache can help eliminate any corrupt data files that might be causing problems for you. 

  • Head over to your phone’s settings and tap Apps.
  • Tap Show all apps.
  • Find Messenger in the list.
  • Tap Storage and cache.
  • Tap the Clear Storage and Clear Cache buttons to remove these files.

Now restart your phone and try again. 

Also read: Does Messenger notify when you screenshot?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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