How to Mark a Message Unread on Facebook

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If you want to remind yourself you have "seen" a conversation's latest update in Facebook Messages but not really looked at it, what can you do?

You can mark the conversation unread and make it seem unseen again; both to Facebook and to you the next time you open the website or app.

Mark Facebook Messages as Unread

The steps for doing this are slightly different depending on whether you're using Facebook.com or Messenger.com.

In addition, the steps vary slightly between each mobile and desktop version.

Facebook Desktop Website

  1. Click the Messages icon on the right side of the blue Facebook bar at the top of the screen.
  2. Locate the small circle on the right side of the thread.
  3. Click it to mark the message as read.

Facebook Mobile Website

  1. Tap the Messages icon at the top of the website.
  2. Tap the conversation.
  3. Choose the menu button at the top right of the conversation.
  4. Select Mark Unread from the drop down menu.
  5. Tap Done.

Messenger Desktop Website

  1. Hover your mouse over the conversation on the left side of the screen.
  2. Click the small gear/settings icon to the right.
  3. Choose Mark as Unread.

Messenger Mobile App

  1. Hold your finger down on the conversation.
  2. Tap More.
  3. Choose Mark as Unread.
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