Mark Google Chat messages as unread

Quick launch summary

You can now mark a Google Chat direct message (DM) or Space as read or unread on mobile and on the web.

Mark as unread using the message actions menu
Mark as unread in message actions

Mark as unread using the conversation options in Chat
Mark as unread in conversation options

Mark as unread in Chat using the conversation list
Mark as unread in conversation list

Marking a message as unread can help remind you to return to it later in Chat. In 1:1 and group DMs, you can mark a thread as unread starting from a particular message. To do this, you have to hover over the message and click the mark as unread icon.

When you hover over a message in Chat, you'll see the mark as unread icon
Hover over a message to find the mark as unread icon

You can also clear the badges on rooms with unread messages by marking them as read.

Getting started

  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.
  • End users: There is no end user setting for this feature. Visit the Help Center to learn more about marking as unread in Chat.

Rollout pace


  • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers



  • This feature was listed as an upcoming release.