(2022) Mark as Unread in WhatsApp (What is and How to)

Written by Thirumalraj

In this post, you’ll see how to mark a WhatsApp chat (contact or group) as read or unread.

I use the app (iPhone and Android), Desktop, and Web. Let’s start.

What is Mark as Unread in WhatsApp?

Note: You can’t mark a WhatsApp message as unread, and you can only make a chat unread.

You can use the “mark as unread” option if you wish to return to chat later.

Remember that this feature has nothing to do with the read receipts, also known as “blue ticks.” When you use it, you’ll see a blank circle in that chat, which is a reminder.

What is Mark as Read in WhatsApp?

The “Mark as read” option marks all messages in chat as read, and the sender will see “blue ticks” on their side.

Use it to make a conversation read or message read without opening the WhatsApp app (applies for Android only).

Mark as Unread in WhatsApp on Android Device

Here are the steps:

  1. Open the WhatsApp Messenger app.
  2. Select the conversations you want to mark as unread.
  3. Hit the three vertical dots on the top right corner of the app.
  4. Tap the “Mark as unread” option.

That’s all.

Note: You can only see the above option if the selected conversations have no unread Whatsapp messages.

Mark as Read in WhatsApp on Android Phone

Here are the steps to mark a WhatsApp message as read:

When you receive a WhatsApp message, you’ll find a notification for that. In that, you can see the option: Mark as read. Hit it to mark the message as read, and the sender will see blue ticks for it.

Here are the steps to mark WhatsApp chats as read:

Launch the WhatsApp app and select the conversations you want. Hit the three vertical dots at the top right.

You’ll see the “Mark as read” option (if the chosen conversations have any unread messages or were marked as unread). Tap it.

That’s it.

Mark as Read or Unread in WhatsApp on iPhone

Open the WhatsApp Messenger app and tap the “Chats” tab at the bottom if you’re not in it.

Swipe the chat you want to mark as read or unread to the right side completely.

The conversation will be marked as read if it has unread messages or was marked as unread.

Otherwise, WhatsApp will mark the chat as unread.

That’s it.

Alternative Ways

Method #1

Swipe the chat you want to mark as read or unread to the right.

You can view “Unread” (if that chat has no unread message) or “Read” (if that conversation has any unread messages or was marked as unread). Tap it.

Method #2

Long press the chat you like.

You can view “Mark as Unread” if that chat has no unread messages. Or “Mark as Read” if it has any unread messages or was marked as unread. Tap it.

Mark Contact or Group Chat as Read or Unread on WhatsApp Web or Desktop

Open the WhatsApp Desktop or Web.

On the left sidebar, right-click your preferred chat or hover the mouse over it and hit the down arrow.

Under “Pin chat,” you can view “Mark as read” or “Mark as unread.” Select it, and that’s all.

Alternatively, if you’re on WhatsApp Web, you can do this task using this keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + Shift + U. If you’re on the Desktop app, press Ctrl + Shift + U.

That’s it.

Thanks for reading.

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