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5 ways to read Messenger messages without opening them

 5 ways to read Messenger messages without opening them

Like any popular chat service, Messenger uses a system of message read indicators in conversations to tell the sender that a message has been sent, delivered, or read by the other party. Of course, if you are the sender of the message, you will find this feature very useful, but not so if you are the recipient, because once the message is marked as read, the sender will expect you to answer, and, therefore, you will be forced to answer to avoid embarrassment. Luckily, there are several ways we'll review below to trick this system so that Messenger messages can be read without opening them or without the sender knowing if you're someone who likes to think about a message before giving an answer !


Method 1: Through the Notification Center

Surely you have noticed that with any new message that comes to you from anyone, whether through WhatsApp, Telegram, or even Messenger, you receive a notification on the phone, and the notification includes the name of the sender and part of the message content. But after swiping the phone screen down to view the notification center, as soon as you click the arrow button in the notification of the Messenger app, a full preview of the message content is displayed without actually opening it, so the sender will not know that you read it unless you click on the notification itself, and you are taken to a page in-app chat. This is the simplest way to read a message without the other person knowing when you receive a message notification.

Method 2: Using the account restriction feature


If the message is too long or there are multiple messages from the Messenger app, you may have difficulty reading it all through the notifications. However, you can use the new "Limit Accounts" feature in the Messenger app to be able to open the conversation and read messages without permanently notifying the sender. To do this, open the app and tap and hold the conversation, then from the drop-down menu, tap Restrict. A message will appear saying that once the account is restricted, you will not receive a notification of new messages from it, the sender will not be told, and the conversation will be hidden from the chat list, so press Restrict to confirm.


The conversation will disappear from the main page of the Messenger application, and now all you have to do is click on the profile picture in the upper left and then click on "Privacy." You will find an option that leads you to the list of "Restricted Accounts". Click on the account name to show the conversation in front of you, and you will be able to You can read old and new messages as you wish without notifying the sender. Later, if you want to reply to the message and bring the conversation back to the home page, just press Unrestrict, and the conversation will go back to the home page again.

Method 3: Through 3D Touch technology [iPhone only]


iPhones from the iPhone 6S and later have 3D Touch, or Haptic Touch, which displays more options when you press and hold an app or buttons in apps. For chat applications in particular, such as WhatsApp and Messenger, this technology does a great job of displaying a “snooping” window so that when you press and hold on any conversation in the application, a mini window of the conversation pops up on the screen and provides the opportunity to quickly look at the messages you have recently received before actually opening the conversation , giving you enough time to reply without the sender knowing that you saw their message. If you don't want to reply right now, tap elsewhere on the screen to hide the window.

Method 4: Turn your phone into airplane mode


Another effective way to read messages without the other party's knowledge is to disconnect the Internet from your phone before opening the conversation and reading new messages. This way, you'll prevent the app itself from knowing that you've seen the message, so the sender won't know either.

Definitely, the easiest way to disconnect the internet from the phone is to activate airplane mode when you want to read messages secretly, whether from the notification screen on Android phones or the iPhone control center. Once you do, open the Messenger app and tap on the conversation to see the messages as you like, but you need to make sure that when you are done you close the Messenger app completely (removing Messenger from recently opened apps) before disabling Airplane mode, in which case the messages will remain in the unread state until you choose to open it a second time or at least open the app.

Method 5: Ignore the chat window


Sure, you've noticed that all of the above methods apply to phones, but even if you're using Messenger on your computer, messages can still be read secretly. This is done by ignoring the conversation window, meaning that once you receive a new message and the pop-up conversation window appears at the bottom, just ignore it and do not press the input field so that the header of the window remains blue, which indicates that you have not read the new messages, and if you are not ready to respond, press the sign () to close the conversation without the sender knowing anything!

These are all the ways in which you can read Messenger messages without opening them, and we have made sure to choose methods that work without installing add-ons or relying on external tools because they are subject to disruption at any time as a result of the modifications that Facebook makes, so it can be said that these are the most reliable ways for those who want to take the time to respond before opening a conversation.

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