everyone, in today’s tutorial, we will be discussing how to unread a message on an iPhone with the latest iOS 15 update. Have you ever accidentally marked a message as read, and wished you hadn’t? Well, fear not, as we will guide you through the simple steps to undo this action and mark the message as unread again. So let’s get started!
Understanding Message Read Status
When it comes to messaging, read status is a crucial component. It helps determine whether the recipient has seen the message or not. In iOS 15, the read status is indicated by a blue dot that appears next to the message in the conversation. When you open the message, the blue dot disappears, indicating that you have read it. However, there are situations where you may want to unread a message, such as when you accidentally opened a message or when you want to revisit it later. In this article, we will explore how to unread a message on an iPhone running iOS 15.
Misconceptions about Message Read Status
Before we delve into how to unread a message, let’s address some misconceptions about message read status. Firstly, some people believe that disabling read receipts can prevent the sender from seeing that you have read the message. This is not true. Disabling read receipts only prevents other people from knowing when you have read their messages, but it does not affect your ability to see read status. Secondly, some people believe that deleting a message will also erase the read status. However, deleting a message only removes it from the conversation but does not affect the read status.
How to Unread a Message
Unreading a message involves marking it as unread, which restores the blue dot next to the message in the conversation. Here are the steps to unread a message on an iPhone running iOS 15:
- Open the Messages app on your iPhone.
- Navigate to the conversation containing the message you want to unread.
- Swipe left on the message you want to unread.
- Tap the “More” button that appears.
- Tap the “Mark as Unread” button.
Alternatives to Marking as Unread
If you prefer not to mark a message as unread, there are other ways to revisit messages that you have already read. One option is to use the search function in the Messages app to locate the message. To do this, tap the search bar at the top of the screen, enter a keyword or phrase from the message, and tap the message when it appears in the search results. Another option is to use the “Star” feature to mark important messages. To do this, swipe right on the message to reveal the “Star” button and tap it. You can then access all starred messages by tapping the “Starred” tab at the bottom of the Messages app.
Limitations of Unreading a Message
While unreading a message can be helpful, it is important to note that it has some limitations. Firstly, unreading a message only restores the read status and does not affect the content of the message. Therefore, if you have already responded to a message, unreading it will not undo your response. Secondly, unreading a message only affects the read status on your device. If the sender has already seen that you have read the message, unreading it will not change that. Lastly, unreading a message does not prevent the sender from sending follow-up messages or reminders.
Key takeaway: In iOS 15, read status is indicated by a blue dot that disappears when a message is opened. To mark a message as unread, swipe left on it, tap “More,” and select “Mark as Unread.” However, unreading a message only restores the read status and does not affect the message content or prevent the sender from sending follow-up messages or reminders. Disabling the “Read Receipts” feature in the Settings app can prevent messages from being marked as read automatically.
How to Unread Multiple Messages
If you have multiple messages that you want to mark as unread, you can do so using the “Edit” feature in the Messages app. Here are the steps to unread multiple messages:
- Navigate to the conversation containing the messages you want to unread.
- Tap and hold on any message in the conversation to reveal the context menu.
- Tap the circle next to each message you want to mark as unread.
- Tap the “Mark” button that appears at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap the “Mark as Unread” button.
Key takeaway: It is possible to mark a message as unread on an iPhone running iOS 15 by swiping left on the message, tapping “More”, and then tapping “Mark as Unread”. However, marking a message as unread only restores the blue dot next to the message in the conversation and does not affect its content, nor does it prevent the sender from sending follow-up messages or reminders. Disabling read receipts can prevent others from knowing when you have read their messages, but it does not affect your ability to see read status or mark messages as unread.