How to Mark All iMessages as Read on iPhone & iPad Instantly
We’ve all experienced it, a huge number of texts and iMessages arriving on our iPhone or iPad, that you either know aren’t important or you already read on another devices Messages app. Or maybe the messages are coming from someone you’d just prefer to ignore, whatever the case, you can instantly mark all messages as read in iOS using a quick little known trick.
This is significantly faster than manually opening each individual thread, tapping back to the primary messages window, then repeating the same with each unread conversation to mark them manually.
Instantly Mark All iMessages as Read in Messages App for iOS
The next time you have a bunch of messages – iMessages or text messages – you want to mark as read in iOS, just do the following:
- Open the Messages app on the iPhone or iPad
- Tap the “Edit” button in the corner and then at the bottom of the Messages app tap on “Read All”
Simple, quick, and effective.
This will remove all indicators of new messages, marking them as read; the blue icon that is alongside an unread thread, the number that is at the top of the Messages app screen, and the new/unread red badge icon with the number on it on the Messages app icon, at least until you get more messages that haven’t been read.
You can always opt to turn the red badges off entirely from any given app, Messages included, but that’s generally not recommended unless you’re really fed up with them, since without them you won’t have any obvious indicator there are new messages waiting to be read.
This is particularly helpful if you use an iPhone or iPad synced with another Mac or iOS device, where messages appear across the board on all devices, since often they don’t seem to register that a message has been read on one device. It’s also a great solution to when you pull an iOS device out of Do Not Disturb mode to find an onslaught of new message notifications that ultimately aren’t that important.