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Thread: 'Unread' Lets You Mark Text Message or iMessage Conversations as Unread

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    Default 'Unread' Lets You Mark Text Message or iMessage Conversations as Unread


    Sometimes while you're in your Messages application, you'll have more conversations than you know what to do with. You might tap on one of the message conversations inadvertently, then realize you're in the wrong conversation, then go back to the main window, and now your blue dot that tells you the message conversation is unread is gone and you'll forget to go back to that conversation later on to see what you missed.

    If you want to be able to re-mark your message conversations as unread so that you can go back to them later on, then check out a new free jailbreak tweak called Unread by iOS developer Julian Weiss.

    With Unread installed, you can tap and hold on a message conversation in your Messages application, as shown above, and the message conversation will turn from read to unread. A blue dot will appear next to the conversation that you tapped and held on, and the "Messages" header at the top of the application will take the unread message conversation into account with a number in parenthesis. If the message conversation is unread already, you can also tap and hold on it to mark it as read.

    Unread may or may not come in handy depending on how you use it. While Unread can make it so that you can mark messages unread for the current session that you're in the Messages application, we noticed that if we close the Messages application and remove it from the App Switcher, the message conversation that we marked as unread will no longer be marked as unread if you open the Messages application again later. On the other hand, if you don't kill the application, your message conversation(s) will remain unread.

    Also, if you mark a message as unread, it will not put a notification badge back on your Messages application icon, so if you close the application, you might forget to go back and look at your messages later on.

    There are some obvious downfalls to this tweak that, if fixed, could make it extremely useful. At this point in time, the usefulness of the tweak is questionable at best. If you want to give the tweak a try, it's available for free in Cydia's BigBoss repository. The developer notes that the tweak has only been tested on iOS 7, but may work on earlier versions of iOS.

    Name: Unread
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0-1
    Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.6
    Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Julian Weiss
    Editor's Rating:  2/5

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    I love this idea...but I installed it thinking it worked for email and not messages. If the developer is reading this thread, any chance you can make something similar for emails?

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    Wonder, once fixed, how will this play with read receipt.

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    This is cool, but needs to be updated to work with Bitesms

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwil736 View Post
    Wonder, once fixed, how will this play with read receipt.
    I'm assuming read receipts are on apple's servers so in theory you'd have to have that setting off for this tweak to properly work.

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    Tested on iOS 6.1.3 and is working as described in the OP. It would be great if it also changed the Messages icon badge, but unfortunately it doesn't.

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