You can’t mark messages as unread in the iPhone messages app. You can, however, do this instead.
We receive many messages throughout the day, but we do not always want to respond to them all. Everyone has an excuse, whether it’s because they’re busy or don’t feel like reacting right now. Even so, you may find yourself opening a message by accident or on purpose. Now you want to mark it as unread, so you remember to respond to it later.
However, despite rumors that the feature would be included in iOS 14, it is unavailable. Instead, the pinning feature was introduced, which is helpful in and of itself. Despite this, many users were dissatisfied with the outcome.
For many people, marking a message as unread is extremely useful. Although it does not change the message’s status to unread (if read receipts are enabled), that isn’t the point. You can use it not only to remind you to respond to messages but also to mark conversations so you can refer back to them.
Although you may not be able to mark an iMessage as unread, there are a few things you can remind yourself of the message as if it were unread.
Send the message yourself.
You can send yourself a reminder of the message you want to remember. Tap and hold the message to send it to someone else. Underneath the text, a few options will appear. Select ‘More’ from the drop-down menu.
Then, in the bottom-right corner of the screen, tap the ‘Forward’ option.
Enter your contact information in the ‘To’ section and send the message to yourself.
The new message to yourself will go unread, but it will serve as a reminder to respond to the original message.
A reminder from Siri.
Although you can manually set a reminder, it is much easier and faster to ask Siri to do it for you. The idea of having to set a reminder yourself is too inconvenient, but when you add Siri to the mix, you’ve got yourself a quick workaround.
The message is still open by pressing the Home button or saying ‘Hey, Siri.’ Then say something like, “Remind me in an hour” or whatever time frame you want.
The message will be created as a reminder, and you will be notified when the time limit has expired.
You do not have a sitting duck while we all wait for Apple to add the feature to iOS. Use one of the workarounds to stay on top of your messages instead of forgetting to respond to them and running into the problems that will inevitably result.