How to mark conversations in the Messages app as unread

By , Feb 28, 2014

Unread

Have you ever wanted to mark a conversation in the Messages app as read or unread, but eventually realized that there was no way to do so with stock iOS? I’ve certainly been there before. Perhaps the jailbreak community has come up with a good solution?

Unread is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to tap and hold on a message to mark it as unread. If the message is already unread, you can conversely tap and hold on it to make it read. The concept is certainly admirable, but I found that the tweak is not without issue. Check inside for the full rundown.

While Unread works just as advertised within the Messages app, it’s outside of the app where it experiences an issue. The app badges that are present on the stock Messages app don’t reflect the unread/read counts that are influenced by the Unread tweak. So while the inside of the Messages app might report zero unread messages, the app badge for the Messages app will still show however many messages that are truly still unread. If you uninstall Unread, all of the messages that you marked as read or unread will revert to the previous status.

Unread badges

The Messages app badge doesn’t match the Unread number of messages

In effect, Unread isn’t actually changing anything. It’s just making it seem as if a message has been read or unread; in reality the status is still the same. It’s frustrating, because Unread appeared to be a solid tweak during my usage time with it, but it’s impossible to get past such a glaring oversight.

You can find Unread free of charge on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, but citing the reasons mentioned above, I can’t recommend it. This wouldn’t be a huge deal if it was a just released 1.0 version, but Unread has been out for quite some time now, and has yet to receive an update to fix this glaring flaw.

What do you think?

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  • Mescudi

    is that the iOS 6 badge? how do you get it?

    • sharp44MAG .

      Yes, the name of the jailbreak tweak is ClassicBadges.

  • Ali

    BiteSMS compatibility? (Silent Conversation feature)

  • Jonathan

    Now THAT’S a jailbreak tweak! :D

  • RayDonovan

    this doesnt seem to solve anything. at all….

    better luck next time.

  • Ted Forbes

    A tweak to delete all messages at once would be nice, thank you.

    • Johann Medina

      You can do that with DeleteAllMessages from BigBoss

  • diggitydang

    If you kill the messages app and go back in, the unread indicators all disappear though. A little too buggy for my liking. Delete.

    • Marcus

      Thanks for telling me that. I’m not going to get it now.

  • oioile

    it sounds to me this can be done thru Flex 2. Looking forward to seeing that

  • Bob

    OH MANNN ive been waiting for this since the blackberry came out with this!!!! LOVE THIS. THANKS SO MUCH TO AUTHOR