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How to check if your Facebook message has been read

Updated July 20, 2017

Facebook is a social networking website that offers every registered member the opportunity to send, receive, and archive private messages. This feature works similarly to an e-mail inbox where you can check for any new messages from other users. View your Facebook message list to see at a glance which messages you have already read so you can archive them or focus on the ones you have not read.

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  1. Log into your Facebook account.

  2. Click the "Messages" link on the sidebar of your home screen to see your recent private messages and chat history.

  3. Look at the message items that do not have a grey background. Message threads that you have previously read have a white background.

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About the Author

John Ruiz began his writing career in 2008 as a freelancer writing for eHow and various technology, software and hardware blogs. He has been designing websites since 2002. Ruiz earned a Bachelor of Science in information technology and web design from AMA Computer University.

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