How to Mark Messages as Unread on Instagram?

If you have received messages on your DM and unwantedly, you just read the messages then those messages can only be unread from your end, not from the sender’s end (it would still show as seen).

In case, you want to read a message by keeping that unread from both ends (you & the sender) then you can do that following a few simple steps.

When you send a message on DM then you might notice the “Seen” tag is present just below the delivered message when it is read by the person to whom it was sent.

To mark the messages unread from both ends, first, when you receive the messages just turn on the Airplane mode then read the messages. After that, uninstall the Instagram app & then reinstall it by turning off the Airplane mode.

In this article, you will get all the methods that you can follow in order to mark the messages unread while viewing them from your end.

How to Unread Messages on Instagram?

All you can do is, from the settings on your Instagram. The solution to mark the read message unread lies in the settings aside from to chat inbox, the only set up here is that the user should have a business account.

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From The App Settings:

With having a business account, you can mark the read messages as unread.

Follow the simple steps that are listed below:

Step 1: First of all, go to your Instagram app and open the Direct Message section.

Step 2: After opening the DM, tap on Selecting Icon {three-dots}. It lies in the upper right corner of the screen.

Selecting Icon three dots

Step 3: Select the targeted conversations, that you wanna mark as unread.

Step 4: After selecting, tap on “More”. More option is located at bottom of the screen.

Tap on “more”

Step 5: Lastly, “Mark as Unread”.

Mark as unread

And, it’s done. With this, you can mark the messages unread. However, this is done on your end only.

What does this Unread Option do?

To some extent this unread option on Instagram helps the users a lot, it saves us from our unwanted mistakes.

First thing is that the unread option restores back your message to the previous state, you will see the blue dot on the right next to the conversation.

With this unread option, the message will become unread but not unseen. On the sender’s side, it will the displayed as “seen”, because for once you have opened the message. Hence, the unread option will make changes on your side only.

This option is best suitable for users possessing a business account on the Instagram app, not the usual desktop Instagram.

For marking the messages as unseen there are some other ways such as one is, by opening the message after turning OFF your data and turning ON airplane mode.

Unread Instagram Messages without them
Knowing

You have noticed “Seen” displayed below the messages that are sent on Instagram. This happens because the recipient has opened the message. Additionally, Instagram doesn’t provide the user with this feature due to some policies.

There are a few tricks that you can take help of in order to unread the messages:

1. Through Airplane Mode:

Initially, when you receive a message on your notification column, do not tap & do not open it. Else, this method too can’t help you, or if you think you will by mistake tap on the notification bar, then turn off your Instagram notification.

Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open your Instagram account, Go to the Direct message option (Don’t open the message initially).

Step 2: Next, close your Instagram app, go back to the home screen.

Step 3: Turn OFF your mobile data or turn ON airplane mode.

ON airplane mode

Step 4: Now, return to Instagram and open the message you wanna read.

This is how you will be able to read the message. But this too is the temporary option. As soon as you turn on the mobile data and open Instagram the seen tag will be displayed on the sender’s side.

Step 5: To overcome this, just uninstall Instagram then reinstall it after turning off the Airplane mode.

That’s all you’ve to do.

2. For Instagram Business:

Starting with, to unread the messages on Instagram using the official app, you need to have a business account. It does not matter if the message is in the primary inbox or the general inbox. Having a business account can mark your messages as unread, just follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to Direct Message box >> Tap on Selecting icon {three dots} on the right upper corner of the screen.

Step 2: Select the messages that you want to unread.

Step 3: Tap on More.

Step 4: Tap on “Mark as unread”.

It’s Done.

However, with these settings, the messages will be marked as unread not as unseen to the sender. This is just a process of marking the messages unread and reading them again later.

The Bottom Lines:

This article explained the methods that you can take in order to mark the messages as unread and you can just take the steps by using the Airplane mode to read the message without letting the sender know about it.

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