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 can make use of any of the following methods to read Facebook Messages without Seen appearing.
Read Facebook Messages Without Seen Appearing
Facebook makes use of 4 different icons to show the status of messages. As you can see in the image below, the sender of a message will see a faded blue circle with check mark when the message leaves his/her device.
As soon as the message is delivered, the blue faded circle turns into a Filled Blue Circle.
Finally when the message is read, the Blue Circle disappears, and the sender will see a Mini Version of the Contacts Profile Picture, which indicates that the message has been read.
Facebook does not provide a way to turn off these message status indicators or Read Receipts. Hence, we are providing below some workarounds to read Facebook Messages without Seen appearing on the messages.
1. Turn on Airplane Mode
An easy way to view Facebook messages on iPhone or Android device without seen appearing is by turning on Airplane mode.
During our testing the Seen Status did not appear, even when Airplane Mode was turned OFF and the Facebook message was viewed on the sent device.
The Seen Status appeared on the device sending the message, only when we started typing a reply on the recipient’s device.
1. Tap on Settings > turn On Airplane Mode
2. Open the Messenger app and read the message.
3. Force quit the Messenger app.
As mentioned above, the Seen indicator will not appear when you Turn OFF Airplane Mode and carry on with other activities on your smartphone.
2. Read Message Notifications
When you receive a Facebook message, you will see a notification on your device, showing sender’s name and 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 the desktop version of Facebook.
1. Using your computer visit facebook.com and sign-into your Account
2. Once you are in your Facebook Account, you will be able to see Messages in a small pop-up window near the bottom right corner of your screen.
You can continue reading messages being received in the pop-up window, the Seen icon will appear only when you click on the message window (See image above).
Tip: You can also use desktop version of Facebook on iPhone.
4. Use Unseen App
In case you like using Apps and you have an Android Phone or Tablet, you can make use of Unseen App for Messenger to read Facebook Messages without Seen indicator appearing on the senders device.
1. Download Unseen App from Google Play Store
2. Follow the on-screen instructions to setup Unseen App
Now whenever you receive Messages on Facebook Messenger, they will be appearing in the Unseen app interface. The App allows you to view the message within its interface, without making the Seen icon appear beside the sent message.
Another App that you can make use of to read Facebook Messages without Seen appearing is “Blue tick, last seen hider”.
Note: While all the methods as provided above prevent Seen status from appearing, your “Last seen time” will still be visible in Facebook.