How to See How Many Messages You Have on Your iPhone

by Tyson Cliffton
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If you have banners and alerts disabled for your iPhone's Messages app, the only way to know if you have unread messages is to use the badges feature. When you enable this feature, a red circle appears in the upper right corner of the Messages app indicating the number of unread messages you currently have; the circle doesn't appear if you don't have any unread messages. Enable the badges features for the Messages app through your phone's Settings app.

Step 1

Tap the "Settings" app.

Step 2

Tap "Notifications."

Step 3

Tap "Messages."

Tap the "ON/OFF" toggle to the right of Badge App Icon to "ON" to enable the badges feature.


  • Information in this article applies to iPhones running iOS 6.1 and later. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


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About the Author

Tyson Cliffton has been writing professionally since 2001. His work has been published at and Cliffton earned a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in management and leadership from Webster University.

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