How to Mark All Text Messages as Read on an iPhone or iPad

Tired of juggling dozens of unread text messages on your iPhone or iPad? Here’s a quick way to mark all of your messages read, lickety-split.

If you have a huge number of unread text messages in your Messages app on iPhone or iPad, dealing with them one-by-one can be a hassle. Luckily, it’s easy to mark every one of your unread messages as read in the blink of an eye, but the feature is a bit hidden. Here’s how to do it.

First, open “Messages.” On an iPhone, look in the upper-right corner of the screen and tap the ellipses button, which looks like three dots in a circle. (The iPad button is slightly different, as you’ll see below.)

In Messages on iPhone, tap the ellipses button (three dots in a circle).

On an iPad, tap “Edit” in the upper-left corner of the screen.

In Messages on iPad, tap

In the menu that pops up, tap “Select Messages.”

In Messages on iPhone or iPad, tap

Messages will now enter “Edit” mode. But you don’t need to deal with individual messages at the moment. On both iPhone and iPad, look for the “Read All” button in the lower left corner of the screen. Tap it.

In Messages on iPhone or iPad, tap

After that, all unread messages will be marked as read. Piece of cake!

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