Marking Messages as Unread on iPhone: A How-To Guide

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Ted Stinson

Sometimes you receive a message on your iPhone that you want to come back to later. Maybe you’re in the middle of something and can’t respond right away, or you want to make sure you don’t forget to follow up on the information given. Marking messages as unread is a handy way to remind yourself to revisit them later. It’s a simple process that can be done in a few taps.

How to Mark Messages as Unread on iPhone

Before we dive into the steps, it’s good to know that marking messages as unread will not trick the sender into thinking you haven’t seen the message if you have already opened it. It’s more of a personal reminder for you. Let’s get to it!

Step 1: Open the Messages app

Open the Messages app on your iPhone to view your conversations.

The Messages app is the green icon with a white speech bubble. You’ll find all your text messages and iMessages here.

Step 2: Swipe left on the message

Swipe left on the message you want to mark as unread.

When you swipe left, you’ll see a few options. One of them is the ‘unread’ button.

Step 3: Tap the unread button

Tap the unread button to mark the message as unread.

The button looks like a small open circle. Once you tap it, the message will appear as unread, with a blue dot next to it.

After you’ve completed these steps, the message will be marked as unread. This means a blue dot will appear next to the message, and it will move to the top of your message list as if it were a new message. This is a great way to keep important messages at the forefront of your mind.

Tips for Marking Messages as Unread on iPhone

  • You can only mark messages as unread in the list view, not when you have the conversation open.
  • Marking a message as unread will not affect the read receipt. If you have read receipts turned on, the sender will still see that you’ve read the message.
  • Use this feature sparingly to avoid cluttering your message list with too many "unread" messages.
  • Remember to go back and address your unread messages so you don’t lose track of important conversations.
  • Consider using other organizational features like pinning important conversations or using the search function to find specific messages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the sender know I marked the message as unread?

No, the sender won’t be notified if you mark a message as unread. It’s a tool for your personal use.

Can I mark an entire conversation as unread?

Yes, you can mark an entire conversation as unread by swiping left on the conversation in the list view and tapping the unread button.

Does marking a message as unread affect the notification badge?

Yes, marking a message as unread will increase the count on the Messages app badge on your home screen, which can be helpful if you use the badge count as a reminder system.

Can I mark a message as unread if I have read receipts turned on?

Yes, you can still mark a message as unread even if you have read receipts turned on. However, the sender will still see that you initially read the message.

Is there a limit to how many messages I can mark as unread?

No, there is no limit to how many messages you can mark as unread. However, it’s best to keep it manageable so you don’t lose track of important conversations.

Summary

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Swipe left on the message.
  3. Tap the unread button.

Conclusion

Marking messages as unread on your iPhone is a handy feature that can help you stay organized and ensure you don’t forget to respond to important messages. Whether you’re busy at the moment or just need a little nudge to revisit a conversation later, this simple action can make a big difference in your messaging routine. Plus, with the additional tips and answers to common questions provided, you’re well on your way to becoming a pro at managing your messages. Just remember, while marking messages as unread is a great tool for personal organization, it won’t hide the fact that you’ve seen the message from the sender. So, go ahead and give it a try – your future self will thank you for that little blue dot reminder!