The Messenger app of Facebook is always improving its user experience. While it makes your communication super comfortable, it also lets the sender know you have read his/her message. A sender (the person with whom you are chatting) gets a read-receipt when you open and read the message. What if you want to secretly read the message without being seen on Messenger? There are a couple of tricks you can follow on your iPhone and Android phone to read Facebook messages without being seen on Messenger.
One way is to hide your Active status in Facebook Messenger on Android and iPhone. But this will prevent your important contacts from sending a chat request. With smart gadgets, you have to become smart. Check the three different methods given below to prevent the sender from knowing that you have read the message on Facebook Messenger.
How to Read Facebook Messages without Being Seen on Messenger
Read Messages on the Notification Screen
One of the easiest ways is to read messages on the notification screen itself. Whenever you receive a message on Messenger app, your Android or iPhone will show a notification on the screen – whether locked or unlocked. You can always read small messages like, “hey, what’s up? How are you? Are you at home?” etc. For such messages, you are not supposed to unlock your device and open the app to read it. And if you don’t open the app, you don’t send a read-receipt – simple!
For this, you need to enable banner notifications on your device.
On your iPhone: Settings → Messenger → Notifications → Show as Banners under ALERTS.
While you are here, also select ‘Temporary’; following this, your Messenger notifications will appear at the top of the screen and go away automatically. Moreover, tap on Show Previews under OPTIONS and check that ‘Always’ is selected.
On your Android phone: Settings → Apps → Application list → Messenger → Notifications → turn on Allow notification dot.
Put Your Android/iPhone in Airplane mode
When you put your smartphone on an Airplane mode, your device is disconnected from the Internet, which is the apple of discord. So, it is advisable to put your iPhone or Android phone in Airplane mode or flight mode and quickly read those messages. Since your phone is not connected to mobile data or Wi-fi network, the sender doesn’t know you have read the message, as s/he doesn’t get a read-receipt.
Use your Laptop or Desktop Computer
Chrome and Firefox offer third-party extensions/add-ons that can help you secretly read the messages without the sender knowing about it.
Unseen on Chrome
Step #1. Open Chrome browser on your Mac or Windows computer.
Step #2. Now click on the Apps icon from the upper left corner.
Step #3. Next, click Web Store from the list of options.
Step #4. Enter ‘Unseen’ in the search field; you will find Unseen for the Facebook extension.
Click ADD TO CHROME button to add the extension to Chrome.
A dialog box will ask you to confirm your action; click Add extension.
You have successfully added Unseen, which will automatically block read receipts being sent to the sender when you open the message.
You can see white Yin and Yan in a blue circle; click on that extension and you will get various options to gain better control over how Messenger can be used.
Message Seen Disable on Firefox
Message Seen Disable is an Add-on you can use in Firefox to stealth-read the messages you receive on Facebook Messanger.
Step #1. Launch Firefox browser on your computer.
Step #2. Next, click on hamburger icon in the upper right corner and then click Add-ons from the drop-down list.
Step #3. Now click on See more add-ons!.
Step #4. Then you need to search ‘Message Seen Disable’ add-on in the search field.
Step #5. Finally, click the Add to Firefox button.
This add-on allows you to turn off Facebook’s Message Seen feature automatically for your account.
That’s all friends!
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