How to Read Messenger Messages Without Seen (Updated 2023)

Introduced in 2011, Facebook Messenger is an instant messaging service with many features. The app lets you communicate with other users individually and engage in group communication. Besides communicating with your friends through text messages, you can use built-in emojis, stickers, and GIFs in Messenger.

read messenger messages without being seen

Skeptical about the security of the platform?

Well, Facebook Messenger has a solution for ensuring your privacy. With the secret chat feature on Messenger, you can now communicate with friends in a closed-off chat; all your messages in Messenger’s secret chat are end-to-end encrypted.

This indicates that no one has access to these messages other than you both.

Like other social networking sites, Facebook Messenger lets a sender know that you have read their messages through the read receipt function.

Unfortunately, there’s no way you can disable read receipt feature on Messenger.

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t read Messenger messages without seen. There are certain tips and tricks to read messages without letting the sender know about them.

Before we get the hang of these tricks, let us first understand how the users know about the status of messages on Facebook Messenger.

Different Icons that Indicate Status of Messages on Messenger

The four icons that reveal the status of messages on Facebook Messenger are Empty Blue Circle, Empty Blue Circle with a Tick Mark, Filled Blue Circle, Tiny Profile picture of the user.

The Empty blue circle indicates that your message is being sent. When you notice the Empty Blue circle with a tick mark, it means that your message has already been sent. The moment when your message gets delivered to the recipient, the empty blue circle with a tick mark turns into a filled blue circle.

When the recipient finally reads the message, the filled blue circle gets replaced by a tiny profile picture of the recipient.

Can You Read Messenger Messages Without Seen?

Yes, you can easily read Messenger messages without seen by following some tricks. Now that we have a fair understanding of the indications of different icons on Messenger let us delve into comprehending the methods used to read texts on Messenger without being seen.

We have listed below these methods one by one for you.

How to Read Messenger Messages Without Seen

1. Disable Internet on Your Device 

The first method that we will talk about is turning off the read receipts function of Messenger by disabling the internet on your device. You can cut off the internet connection on your smartphone simply by putting it on Airplane mode or by turning off the mobile data. After that, open the Messenger app on your device and read your message.

However, when you turn on your mobile data or disable the flight mode, the messages will automatically get marked as read. So, remember to clear Messenger’s data and cache before going online to solve this issue.

2. Ignore Messages Feature

When you use the Ignore messages feature on Facebook Messenger for a particular chat, the chat gets moved to the Message Requests section. Interestingly you can now read the messages on this chat, and the sender won’t receive the read receipts. In other words, your sender won’t know that you have already read their messages.

Want to get the hang of this method? We have listed below the step-by-step guide for Android and iPhone devices.

For Android:

Step 1: Open the Facebook Messenger app on your device and tap for long on the chat you want to read.

Step 2: Tap on the Ignore messages option, which appears just above the Block option.

Step 3: When a pop-up message with the heading Ignore this conversation appears on your screen, tap on the IGNORE button to confirm.

Step 4: Tap on your profile picture, which is visible on the top left corner of the screen, and then select the Message requests option.

Step 5: When the Message requests screen appears, give a tap on the SPAM tab. Now open the chat from which you want to read messages.

For iPhone:

If you have an iPhone, you have to follow a slightly different method. Kindly follow the steps associated with this method.

Step 1: Open the Messenger app on your iOS device and swipe left on the chat you wish to read.

Step 2: Two options will appear on your screen, i.e., More and Archive. Tap on the More option (three dots icon).

Step 3: As soon as you tap on the More option, you will view a menu. Select Ignore from the menu.

Step 4: When a pop-up message with the heading Ignore this chat appears on your screen, tap on the Ignore option.

Step 5: Go to your profile picture, which is visible on the top-left corner of your screen, and then tap on Message requests. You can see the Message requests option between Active Status and Archive Chats.

Step 6: Go to the SPAM section on the Message requests screen and select the chat you want to read messages from without worrying about read receipts.

Thus, using this method, you can easily read the messages sent by your friend without getting them notified. However, keep in mind that the seen status will appear as soon as you reply to their messages.

3. Read Messages Through Notifications

This is probably the most convenient way to read Messenger messages without letting the sender know about it. So, when your friend texts you on Messenger, you will receive a notification with a preview of the message. You can simply read the text from here.

However, the only limitation with this trick is that you won’t see detailed or long messages.

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