How to Star Messages and See Starred Messages on WhatsApp

In this post, you’ll see the steps to star single or multiple messages on WhatsApp. You can also view how to see the starred messages and unstar them.

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Star Messages on WhatsApp

The “starred messages” feature lets you star messages in WhatsApp, making finding them easy and quick.

Follow these steps to star a WhatsApp message on an Android phone or iPhone:

  1. Open a WhatsApp chat (group or contact).
  2. Long press message. It can be yours or someone else’s. You can select multiple messages if you’re on Android.
  3. Choose “Star” from the options if you’re using iPhone. On Android, you will see the Star icon at the top. Tap on it.

That’s it.

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Follow these steps to complete the same task on WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop app:

Open chat and hover over the message you want. Please click the down arrow and select “Star message.”

That’s it.

Here’s how you can star multiple messages on WhatsApp at once:

Open chat. Click three vertical or horizontal dots at the top right, then “Select messages.” Select the messages and click the “Star” icon at the bottom.

Here are some important things to note:

  • Not only text, but you can also star media.
  • Who can see starred messages on WhatsApp? Other than you, no one else can see your starred messages.
  • Can someone know if you star WhatsApp message? Except you, no one knows that.
  • You can’t star multiple messages on WhatsApp for iPhone.

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See Starred Messages on WhatsApp

The steps below will show all starred messages from all chats:

Open the WhatsApp Messenger app.

On Android, tap three vertical dots on the top right. Select Starred messages between Linked devices and Payments.

On your iPhone, tap the Settings tab at the bottom. Select Starred Messages.

Click on three vertical or horizontal dots on the left sidebar if you’re on WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop app.

Select “Starred” between Archived and Settings if you’re in the former. Else, select Starred messages.

Follow these steps on Android or iPhone to see starred messages for a specific chat only:

Open conversation and tap the name on top. Select Starred Messages.

That’s it. You can now only see starred messages from this conversation.

Follow these steps to complete this task on WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop app:

Please open chat and click the name at its top. You can find Starred Messages between Mute notifications and Disappearing Messages on the right sidebar.

Select it, and you’ll see all the starred messages from that chat.

Note: Remember that tapping or clicking on the starred message will take you to that message.

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Unstar WhatsApp Messages

You can unstar a single message, multiple messages, or all starred messages simultaneously.

Here are two things to note:

  • Remember that removing a star from a message won’t delete it.
  • You can also follow all steps below for starred messages from a particular chat.

Follow these steps to unstar single or multiple messages on an Android device or iPhone:

  1. Open WhatsApp chat.
  2. Long press message from which you wish to remove the star. Remember that on Android, you can select multiple messages.
  3. Select the “Unstar” icon at the top if you’re on Android. If you’re using iPhone, tap Unstar option.

That’s all.

Alternatively, follow these steps to complete the same task:

Go to the “Starred messages” section (steps are in the above section).

If you’re on Android, follow these steps: Select the message(s) you’d like to unstar. Tap Unstar icon at the top. That’s it.

If you’re on iPhone, follow these steps: Tap Edit on the top right. Select the message(s) you’d like to unstar and tap the Star icon at the bottom. Return to Starred Messages section by tapping Done on the top right.

That’s all.

Follow these steps to unstar a single or many starred messages on WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop app:

To unstar a single message, do these:

Open chat and hover over the message. Click the down arrow, then the “Unstar message” option.

That’s all.

Alternatively, follow these steps to complete the same task:

Go to “Starred” or “Starred messages” (steps are in the above section) and hover over the message.

Would you mind clicking the down arrow in the message and selecting the “Unstar message” option?

To unstar multiple messages, do these:

Open chat and click three vertical or horizontal dots on the top right.

Please click “Select messages.” Select the messages and click Unstar icon at the bottom.

That’s it.

Here’s how you can unstar all the starred WhatsApp messages simultaneously. Note this only works on WhatsApp for Android, WhatsApp Desktop app, and WhatsApp Web.

Go to the “Starred” or “Starred messages” section depending on your device (steps are in the above section). Click three vertical or horizontal dots on top, then Unstar all.

Select Unstar in the popup, and that’s all.

I hope this guide, “How to Star Messages and See Starred Messages on WhatsApp,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.

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