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Read Facebook Messenger messages without the ‘seen’ appearing

Read Facebook Messenger messages

We have all seen the same situation at some point: we received a message on Facebook Messenger. We want to read it, but we cannot reply instantly or we are not interested in the sender knowing that we have read your message. 

This is the case in which we curse the existence of the blue ticks or the one that this type of apps like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger decided to install the option of ‘Seen’ in the messages. 

If you are facing this situation, do not panic: there are options that allow you to read Facebook Messenger messages without the seen one appearing or, which is the same, without the sender knowing that you have read their message. 

We tell you more in this article. 

How to read Facebook Messenger messages without being seen

As you probably already know, when you send a message through Facebook Messenger, you can see a small circle with a tick inside right next to that message.

When the person you send the message to reads it, the circle next to the message is replaced with a circle with the profile picture of the contact you sent the message to. That’s when you know that your sender has received your message.


Facebook has not created any type of configuration that allows you to disable the option of read or unread in Facebook Messenger, although there are solutions that can give you some control.

The most effective way to read messages on Facebook Messenger without being seen is to put your smartphone or iPhone in airplane mode. That is, when you want to read the message, but you don’t want to be seen, the first thing you have to do is activate this mode on your phone.

On Android smartphones , you will find the option of airplane mode either in the menu settings or by sliding your finger from the top of the screen.

When sliding down, a window with different options will appear, among which will be ‘Airplane mode’, along with an icon of an airplane. Tap on it to activate airplane mode, and open Facebook Messenger to read that message without being seen.

If you have an iPhone, to activate airplane mode you will have to slide your finger from the bottom of the screen instead of from the top.

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How to read Facebook messages on your computer without being seen

As in the mobile option, Facebook on PC does not give you any option to configure the option of seen or not seen in your messages. That is why there are third party plugins that allow you to configure this option.

If you use Google Chrome you have a wide range of options. Follow the next steps:

  1. Open a new tab in the Google Chrome browser and click on the icon with several colored squares in the upper left part of the screen. In this way you will open the menu of apps or applications.
  2. Double click on the ‘Web store’ icon and enter ‘Unseen’ in the search engine Several extensions will appear that, when installed, will automatically block the option seen in your messages.

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4. Click on ‘Add to Chrome’ to begin installing the extension. When installation is complete, you will see a blue icon that appears to the right of the search bar. If you click on it, you will see different options to configure the behavior of Facebook Messenger to your liking.

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