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I would like to receive an email when someone sends me a message on Facebook. This used to happen by default.

Is it still possible to set it up somehow?

Update (Dec/12): Mehper C. Palavuzlar's solution stopped working for me (and apparently for at least some other users) AND I have stopped receiving email notifications AGAIN.

Are email notifications still available?

The screen now looks this way: enter image description here

  • I am missing the Messages option also. – studgeek Mar 9 '13 at 18:07
  • I'm wondering if it has something to do with installing the Facebook and/or Facebook messenger app on my phone - perhaps Facebook then routes all messages through them? – studgeek Mar 9 '13 at 18:08
  • yeah my guess is that this feature was outmoded some time ago – Tyson Navarre Feb 13 at 17:51
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Go to your Account Settings and select Notifications from the left pane. Now you can see the Notification Settings page: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=notifications&section=Facebook&view

Select "You'll receive: All notifications, except the ones you unsubscribe from" and click "Turn On" next to "Messages" under "You've unsubscribed from emails about:". That's all.

enter image description here

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    This is now wrong. The drop down boxes "You've unsubscribed from emails about:" is missing for everyone. – user30238 Dec 11 '12 at 15:55
  • Not wrong. This is the exact screenshot from my facebook account. I just rechecked a minute ago, and it's NOT missing. Apparently there is a problem in some facebook accounts like yours. – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Dec 12 '12 at 9:14
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    Maybe not wrong, but partial. It doesn't look like this for me anymore, AND I have stopped receiving email notifications AGAIN. – daphshez Dec 14 '12 at 15:12
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    I can confirm that this is also not an option with my account. "Messages" is nowhere to be found in the "You've unsubscribed from emails about" list. Related note: Your image shows four items in the list, with a "See all 69" link. Mine shows four items, with a "See all 67" link. Clearly Facebook is preventing some users from changing this Messages setting (and one other setting too apparently). Bizarre. – Michael Dec 14 '12 at 19:40
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    @NathanArthur I do not have "Messages" in the unsubscribe list. I only have 6 unsubscribed options. I can't get email notifications of Facebook messages. – XP1 Jan 10 '13 at 5:13
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I have started receiving notifications again! Like others, I did not have any options in notification settings that related to emailing messages.

It looks like Facebook integrated chat with messaging. I discovered that when logging into Facebook, missed messages would appear as chat windows. After turning off Chat (chat window > bottom right > settings cog) through the web, turning off chat and notifications on my phone, and turning off chat on my messenger clients, I'm starting to get emails again of messages.

Not sure if this kicks in immediately, because I got my first notification 2 days after I changed this. Note that the message was sent, and email arrive 30 mins later.

I also submitted a report about this, and you can too if you like: https://www.facebook.com/help/issues/notifications ... I didn't receive notification ... File a report

  • Did not solve my problem, but this does most accurately describe what I did to cause this (downloaded Facebook Messenger and started missing emails). Yesterday, I deleted Messenger from my phone. Today, based on this post, I disabled Chat. Time will tell. Anyone wants an update, tag me in an update request. – jp2code Jan 10 '17 at 19:20
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    @jp2code I forgot about this answer -- years later I still haven't figured it out. I got something working for a bit by enabling messenger on my phone and disabling all notifications on it. That only seemed to work for a few days, then nothing. – y3sh Jan 10 '17 at 21:55

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