[3 Ways] How to Unread A Message on iPhone

Are you find a ways to unread messages on iPhone. This passage will give you the detailed answer! If you need, try the powerful tool to back up your text messages on PC.

Kathy by Kathy Updated October 7, 2023
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How to unread a message on iPhone iOS 15.

I often receive messages from clients that I can't reply to immediately but don't want to forget about. Is there a way to mark messages as unread on the iPhone? Has anyone found a solution?

- Question from iPhone user

Why need to mark a text message as unread on iPhone?

Sometimes, marking messages as unread on your iPhone can act as a visual reminder when you don't have time to reply to them. And you can easily locate them in your message list later. Besides, if you receive a lot of messages, marking some as unread can help you prioritize which ones to respond to first when you have the time.

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How to unread a message on iPhone

Now you can follow the detailed steps below to learn how to mark a text message as unread on iPhone. There are 3 ways for you to accomplish the action.

Tap a conversation to mark

Locate the conversation you need to mark as unread. Tap and hold the chat until a message preview window appears, then select Mark as Unread from the list of quick actions in the bottom left corner of the screen.

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Swipe a conversation to mark as unread

You can also mark a message as unread by swiping right on a conversation. If you swipe it all the way, it will automatically be marked as unread. If you swipe it only part way, release it, and then tap the Mark as Unread button that appears on the left.

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Select several messages to mark

If you need to mark more than one messages as unread at once, you can click the three-dot menu at the top of the screen and choose Select Messages from the drop-down menu. Then, tap to select each targeted message and click Unread at the bottom of the screen.

mark some messages as unread

How to find all unread messages immediately

You can filter your conversations in the Messages app to show only your unread chats. Go to the conversation list and click Filters at the top left. Then select Unread Messages. This will display all your unread messages, including both those you haven't read yet and those you've manually marked as unread.

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Note: If you can't find the filtering option in your Messages app, you might need to enable it: Go to the Settings app on iPhone > Scroll down and tap on Messages > Turn on the Filter Unknown Senders option to make it.

Bonus: How to selectively backup text messages on Windows PC

FoneTool is a professional iPhone data backup tool designed for Windows PCs. It offers a convenient solution for selectively backing up iPhone text messages to your computer quickly and simplifies the process of restoring backup content to your iPhone.

What can you get from using FoneTool:

blushSuper-fast Transfer Speed: FoneTool's transfer speed far exceeds that of other software in the same industry, such as iCloud and iTunes. For instance, 1000 text messages can be moved in seconds.
blushSelective or Full Backup: You can choose to selectively back up photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages to PC or fully back up all iPhone data like iTunes.
blushView Backup Files Directly: You can browse your backup files directly on your PC, providing easier access to your iPhone data.
blushNo Apple ID limitation: You can easily restore iPhone backups to other iOS devices like iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch between different Apple IDs.
blushExtensive Compatibility: FoneTool supports various iOS models, including iPhone 4 to iPhone 15, iPad and iPod Touch, as well as the latest iOS 16/17.

Now you can click the download button to get FoneTool on your Windows PC and follow the detailed steps to learn how to selectively back up text messages from iPhone to PC.

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Step 1. Connect the iPhone to your computer with a USB cable > Launch FoneTool.

Step 2. Click Phone Backup > Choose Selective Backup and tap on Get Started. (You can also choose Full Backup to back up all your iPhone data including iMessage.)

selectively back up messages

Step 3. Click the Messages icon to select the text messages you need to back up, then choose OK to continue.

select messages

Step 4. Click Backup Storage Path to select the storage path and tap on Start Backup to begin the task. (You can also change the storage path to directly back up messages to an external hard drive.)

start to back up messages

Next time if you need, you can go to Backup History and choose Restore dot to restore your text messages to your iPhone.

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From this passage, you can know how to unread a message on iPhone directly. You can tap or swipe on a single conversation to mark it as unread or select several messages at once to mark them. And you can also know how to find all unread messages from the third part.

When it comes to selectively backing up iPhone messages, FoneTool can help you finish the operation efficiently. If necessary, you can also use FoneTool to transfer all your old iPhone data to your new iPhone when you can’t complete the data transfer in the iPhone 15 setup process.

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