How to mark a text message as unread on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Mark message as unread on iPhone in iOS 16

Marking an opened email as unread has been a feature forever. And now, with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS Ventura, you can also mark an SMS or iMessage as unread.

Doing so adds back the tiny blue unread dot to differentiate it from an opened message. Plus, it adds or increases the red badge count on the Messages app icon (visible on the Home Screen). These little things can tell you that you have an unopened text, which you can get back to later.

How to unsend messages on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Two iPhone screenshots showing the iPhone Undo Send feature in action with Thanos in the background and Thano's hand gesturing the erase action

Earlier, when you accidentally sent a wrong, angry, or error-laden iMessage, there was no way to undo that. And tricks to stop an outgoing message by immediately enabling Airplane mode or disabling cellular data weren't always successful.

Thankfully, with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, you can unsend a message in just a couple of steps. And you have two minutes to do that!

How to hide messages on iPhone

Hide messages on iPhone

There is no straightforward way to lock the iPhone Messages app to hide your conversations. You can’t effectively use any third-party lock app, and unlike WhatsApp, there is no password protection on the Messages app.

Still, you have some solid options if you wish to prevent your private SMS or iMessage from being seen by family members, friends, and others. In this tutorial, we show you how to increase the privacy of your messages and hide them so anyone else can’t see your personal conversations.

iOS 16 shows message reactions properly in group conversations with Android users

iOS has supported the ability to react to specific messages for a bit of time now, but it hasn't always been a universal feature. Meaning, if you happen to find yourself in a group chat with a person (or persons!) using an Android phone, those reactions wouldn't display properly. It all looked a little muddled. But, with the next software update on the way for iOS, that's changing.