It’s nice to be able to reply to messages on Facebook Messenger in your own time, but if the other person has seen that you’ve read the message, then you can’t help but feel that pressure to reply right away. If you disable read receipts on Messenger and the other person doesn’t know that you’ve read their message, then you’re off the hook! Here’s how to do it.
Disable Read Receipts on Messenger (PC)
If you’re reading Messenger messages through the Facebook website, then on Chrome you can use an extension called Unseen. Add it to Chrome, enable it first, then go on Facebook and read all the messages you want without fear of being spotted.
Once you’ve installed the extension, you can also extend its functionality to messenger.com, the dedicated site for FB Messenger. To do this, click the extension icon in Chrome, then tick the “Use fbunseen on messenger.com” box.
Firefox has exactly the same app, called FB unseen, which does the job in just the same way.
Disable Read Receipts on Messenger (Android)
If you have notifications from the Messenger app switched on (you can check this under App Info), you can read your Facebook messages by swiping down from the top of your device’s display. It doesn’t matter if it’s a short or long message, you’ll still be able to read it. Reading it this way doesn’t reveal that you’ve read the message
Another way to do it is to go into your Messenger app when you’re offline, read the message, then mark it as unread. To mark it as unread, long-press the conversation in your Messenger inbox, press the three-lines icon, then tap “Mark as unread.”
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