Can you Call Someone on Messenger if you are not Friends on Facebook

The Messenger app from Facebook is an instant messaging platform where you can chat with your friends. Those friends can either be from your contacts, Facebook, or Instagram. Having fun and interactive conversations with your loved ones would be a great time.

Primarily, Messenger app was being used as a FB’s way of managing text exchange between FB friends. But, later it served an entirely different platform to establish contacts. Even, if you do not use FB, you can still use Messenger and find and contact your friends there.

A lot of users ask if it is possible to call someone on Messenger if you are not friends with them on FB. Well, let’s find the answer in this post.


Can you call someone on Messenger without being friends?

Short Answer: Yes, you can call someone on Messenger without being Facebook friends. But, they won’t receive your call directly if they do not accept your message request first.

You can call any of your Facebook or Messenger friends over the Messenger app. But what about the people who are not your FB friends? Is there a way to contact them over calls?

When you try contacting them through a call, it pops out a message. It says that you can’t call them since they haven’t accepted your request yet. If you wish to contact a non-friend in Messenger, the only way is to send a message request.

Only if the message request is accepted by your non-friend and adds you as a friend, you can call them. Until then you can’t do much since it has been listed as a rule in Messenger’s privacy policy. There are no ways legally to call someone who is not in your friends list.

What happens when you send a Facebook message to a Non friend?

As like in Messenger, the same way happens too in Facebook. When you send messages to a person who is not your friend, it will be there in the message requests for them. They decide to accept or decline your message request.

The message will be there in the pending inbox for them and it has two options ‘Accept’ or ‘Decline’. If they accept your request, then you both will be friends on Facebook. You can send messages to them without any restrictions and you can see the visibility of your message.

Taking into account other possibilities, that is declining your request you won’t be able to see the visibility of your message. If they find your account spamming their Facebook chat, your account may get blocked by them. So try not to message any anonymous accounts until you know that person in real. Or else you may end up facing any consequences.

SEE ALSO: What does it mean when you call someone on Messenger and it says no answer


As Messenger app is an instant messaging platform, you can chat with your friends without any restrictions. You can find them just by syncing your contacts with Messenger so that you can friend them. Other than your contacts if you find any of your friends in the search and send request to them.

Even if your friend request is not accepted, you can still message them but your message wont be available there in the main inbox. There are no chances for calling them either via voice or video. The above article mentions the reasona behind it.

Since Facebook (Meta) is the parent company of Messenger, both these apps have the same privacy policies. The only major difference between both these apps is that Messenger is a main stream messaging platform and Facebook is not so.

Connect with your friend circle, show their love to them, have fun and interactive conversations and move a healthy relationship ahead. Hope you find this article insightful! Happy reading!

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