How to Mark Messages as Unread on Messenger

Most major social media platforms, such as WhatsApp, Messenger, Snapchat, and Instagram, have a DM (Direct Message) feature. It enables users to chat with their friends, send them pictures and videos, links for funny videos, and video/audio call them. In today’s blog, we are going to be focusing on the Direct Messaging feature on Facebook’s Messenger.

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All of us have wanted to unread a message that we accidentally opened at least once in our lives. It’s completely understandable; seeing a message and not responding to it can often come across as rude and uncaring. To save themselves from such situations, most users try not to open their chats with unread messages at all.

However, today, we will be talking about those unread messages. Read on to find out the answer to your question: how to mark messages as unread on Messenger.

Is it Possible to Mark Messages as Unread on Messenger?

Firstly, let us consider if it is even possible to mark seen messages as unread on Messenger. The answer to that one is no. Here, we are assuming that you want to mark messages that you have already seen as unread, for the sender which cannot be done.

However, if you’re wondering whether you can mark seen messages as unread for yourself, then that’s something we can help you with. In the next section, we’ll discuss all about it.

How to Mark Messages as Unread on Messenger

Let us start with our initial question, how can you mark a message as unread on Messenger?

There is a simple way for you to mark a message as unread after seeing it on Messenger. Most users use it as a sorting tool.

It can be applied on both the Facebook Messenger mobile app and its web version. However, this method will only work for the whole chat and not just one message.  

1. Mark Messages as Unread in Facebook Messenger App

  • Open the Messenger app and login to your account.
  • Once your chat screen appears, from the lists of your conversations, long-press on the one that you want to mark as unread for yourself.
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  • Once you do so, list of actionable options will appear, select the Mark as unread.
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  • There you go, now you can sort through your messages easily.
mark messages as unread on messenger

2. Mark Messages as Unread on Facebook Messenger Website

Now, let’s move on to how you can mark a message as unread for yourself in the web version of Facebook Messenger.

  • Log in to your Facebook account from your web browser if you haven’t already.
  • Click on the Messenger located on the top-right corner of the screen.
  • It will open a list of all your conversations, from which you have to the one you wish to mark as unread.
  • Here, next to the sender’s name, there will be a Gear/Settings icon. Click on it.
  • Now, all you need to do is to click on Mark as unread.

So, there you have it.

How to Read Messenger Messages Without Seen

Although there is no official way on Facebook to mark seen messages as unread, there are some tips and tricks that many users say have worked for them. We will talk about them in this section.

However, before we begin, keep in mind that there is no guarantee that these tricks will work for you.

1. Turn on Airplane Mode

One way to dodge read receipts on Messenger is to see the messages after turning the airplane mode on.

Here’s what you’ll need to do if you want to use this trick:

Once you’ve seen the notification of a person sending you a message, turn on the airplane mode on your smartphone. This will automatically disconnect your phone from your mobile data and any Wi-Fi network.

Now, go ahead and open the Messenger app on your phone. Look for the chat with the new message, and tap it open. Don’t worry; the read receipt simply cannot be updated because your phone does not have an active internet connection.

Read their message, or take a screenshot for later if you’re busy at the moment. Then, go back to your home screen, go to your recent tab, and remove the Messenger app from there. After this, you can easily turn on your mobile data or Wi-Fi connection; they will not be able to tell that you’ve read the message.

2. Read Messages from the Notification

This trick is a bit different; instead of trying to mark the message as unread, you won’t have to see the message in the chat in the first place.

Whenever someone messages you, you usually receive a notification from the concerned app about it. Most people either open the chat by clicking on the notification or simply slide it away.

However, we can also use it to our convenience. If the message is not too long, you can read the whole message through the notification. And even if it is a little bit longer, you will easily get the gist of it.

If the person is sending you multiple messages at once, just keep sliding each message from the notification bar as soon as you’ve read it. If you don’t do this, soon, the notification bar will get shorter and shorter until you can’t see even one message fully.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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