As soon as you open a Facebook message, the sender will be able to see that you have read the message. If you do not want to convey this information, you will find below different methods to Read Facebook Messages Without Seen Appearing.
Read Facebook Messages Without Being Seen!
Facebook makes use of 4 different icons to indicate the status of messages on its popular Social Media and Messaging platform.
As you can see in above image, the sender of a Facebook message will see a Faded Blue Circle with check mark when the message leaves his/her device.
As soon as the message is delivered to the recipient, the blue faded circle turns into a Filled Blue Circle.
When the message is read, the Blue Circle disappears and the sender will see a Mini Version of Contacts Profile Picture, indicating that the message has been read by the recipient.
Unlike other messaging platforms, Facebook does not provide a way to turn OFF Read Receipts.
Hence, we are providing below some workarounds to Read Facebook Messages without Seen appearing on the messages.
1. Use Airplane Mode
During our testing the Seen Status did not appear, when Facebook Message was read after enabling Airplane Mode (Appears to work both iPhone and Android Phone).
The Seen Status appeared only when we started typing a reply to the message, after disabling Airplane Mode.
Open Settings on your iPhone and enable Airplane Mode by moving the toggle to ON position.
After enabling Airplane mode, open Facebook Messenger app and read the message. Once you are done, close the Messenger app.
As mentioned above, the “Message Seen” indicator will not appear on the senders device, until you start typing a reply to the message.
2. Read Message Notifications
When you receive a Facebook message, you will see a notification from Facebook on your iPhone.
Unless you have changed the settings, Facebook Messenger Notifications reveal the sender’s name and a part of the message.
You can view these message notifications and get an idea about the message. The Seen status will not appear, until you tap on the notification or swipe to clear the notification.
3. Use Facebook.com to View Messages
The third method of reading Facebook Messages without Seen Status appearing on the senders device is to read the messages on a Mac or Windows Computer.
Visit facebook.com on your Mac or Windows computer and login to your Facebook Account.
Once you are logged-in, you will be able to see Messages in a small pop-up window, located near the bottom-right corner of your screen.
You can read messages in this window and the Seen icon will not appear, unless you click on the message window.
Tip: You can also use desktop version of Facebook on iPhone.
4. Switch to Desktop Mode
It also possible to access Facebook Desktop Mode, right on your iPhone or Android Phone and read messages, without being seen by your Contacts.
If you are using iPhone or iPad, open Safari browser and visit www.facebook.com.
Once you are on Facebook, tap on the AA icon in URL and select Request Desktop Website option in the drop-down menu.
This will take you to the desktop version of Facebook, after which you can login to your Facebook Account and start using Facebook.
If you are using an Android Phone or Tablet, open Google Chrome and visit Facebook.com.
Once you are on Facebook, tap on 3-dots menu icon located at top-right corner and select Request Desktop Site option in the drop-down menu.
After this, Sign-in to your Facebook Account and read Facebook Messages.
Note: While all the above methods can prevent the “Seen status” from appearing on the senders device, your “Last seen time” will still be visible in Facebook.