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Mark a message as read or unread

In Google Chat, you can mark messages as unread to easily get back to important messages. You can also mark a message as read without opening a conversation.

For a direct chat conversation or an unnamed group chat:

  1. Open the Chat app "" or Gmail app "".
  2. At the bottom, tap Chat.
  3. Choose an option:
  • Press and hold the chat or unnamed group chat and then tap Mark as read "" or Mark as unread "".
  • Tap on a conversation to open it. Press and hold a message and then tap Mark as read "" or Mark as unread "".
  • Tap on a conversation to open it. At the top, next to the chat name, click Conversation options Right arrow and then Mark as unread "".

For a space: 

  1. Open the Chat app "" or Gmail app "".
  2. At the bottom, tap Spaces. 
  3. Choose an option:
  • Press and hold the space and then tap Mark as read "" or Mark as unread "".
  • Tap on a conversation to open it. At the top, next to the space name, click Conversation options Right arrow  and then Mark as unread "".
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