How to Quickly Mark All Messages as Read on iOS

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If you receive a large number of SMS and iMessages on your iPhone or iPad, you will know the importance of being able to mark messages as read. You can instantly mark all messages as read in iOS by using a little known trick.

The conventional way of marking a message would be to open each individual message thread until they are all marked as read. The next time you have a large number of messages that you want to mark as read in iOS, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Messages app on iPhone or iPad.

2. Tap the “Edit” button in the upper left corner and then tap “Read All” in the bottom left corner.

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After following those steps, all indicators of new messages will be removed. This includes the blue icon that appears alongside the message in the app along with the notification badge on the app icon.

“This is particularly helpful if you use an iPhone or iPad synced with another Mac or iOS device, where messages appear across the board on all devices, since often they don’t seem to register that a message has been read on one device. It’s also a great solution to when you pull an iOS device out of Do Not Disturb mode to find an onslaught of new message notifications that ultimately aren’t that important.”

Let us know what you think about the above how-to in the comments below.

[via OS X Daily]

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  • Joseph

    I would love to know if I can do this with EMAIL. Is that possible?

  • kd7iwp

    I think with email you can hit the “Edit” button at the top of the inbox, then a “Mark All” button appears at the bottom. Clicking that gives you a “Mark as Read” option.

  • kd7iwp

    Joseph, I mistakenly put my reply in as a new message, but it’s just up above.