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How To Fix Android Device Showing Unread SMS Messages

How often have you checked your device to find that there is a message waiting to be read and when you enter the inbox you find that you have already read all the messages? Are you getting tired of these false notifications? It may make it difficult to figure out when a real message comes through because you may think that it is just your device misbehaving. While these false notifications do not create a huge problem for the users, sometimes they can be downright annoying to see your phone showing so many unread messages when you know you have read each one of them.

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Android Device Showing Unread SMS Messages

Many users are wondering how to get rid of these false notifications. unread messages. Quite a few Android owners have the same kind of problem but with some variations. Let’s see what to do if your Android device showing unread SMS messages.

Unfortunately, this type of error seems to be somewhat obstinate, and most of our readers have found that the usual phone reboot does not fix the problem. So if you have a notification showing that you have an unread message even though you have read all the messages, try the solutions below.


Steps to fix Android Device Showing Unread SMS Messages Issue


Solution 1: Clear Data for Badge Provider (Samsung Devices Only)

The badge provider is a system app which dictates the manner in which message notifications show up on your device’s screen. If for some reason, your device shows the wrong number of unread messages, Badge Provider may be the culprit. To resolve the problem you must delete the data files and restart the device. You will not lose any important data by deleting the data files for Badge Provider. The app is found in Samsung devices only so if you are using a different device then you must try the other solutions mentioned below.

  • Go to the Settings menu of your device
  • Tap on Application Manager
  • Swipe the screen left to display the All tab
  • Scroll down to find the Badge provider
  • Tap the Clear data button
  • Select OK

Now restart your device and check if the false notifications have gone away. If your problem is solved then the data files of Badge Provider were the culprit. A bug may have caused it to misbehave.


Solution 2: Clear RAM

An easy way to solve the problem is by clearing the RAM of your device. The only problem in doing this is that readers found that the problem reoccurred after a certain period of time. This is a quick but temporary solution for this problem.

You will have to open Task Manager app. If you are using Samsung, you can access it by long-pressing the Home button. Next, tap on the task manager icon.

Now tap on RAM and then tap on Clear Memory to solve the problem.


Solution 3: Clear cache and Data Files for Messages

By clearing the cache and data files you will delete any bugs or problems that may have corrupted these files. Most of the time, errors occur on your device due to corrupted files.

  • From the Settings menu, tap on Application Manager
  • Now swipe left to reach the “All” tab
  • Look for Messages or Messaging in this section and tap on it
  • On the next screen, tap on Force Stop
  • Now tap on Clear Cache to delete the cache files
  • Next tap on Clear Data
  • You will find a warning message. Tap on OK and clear the data

Clearing the data will not delete any of your messages so do not worry about it. Restart your device and check if the problem has been solved.

Solution 4: Modify Developer Options

One of the solutions that have worked for some readers is clearing the activities from developer options on your device.

  • Head into the Settings menu of your device
  • Tap on Developer Options
  • Now look for Do Not Keep Activities

Uncheck this option and restart your device. It should resolve your problem.
  1. I am using TECNO Camon iSky 3 enhanced with ANDROID 9. The above suggestions are not fixed my issue. If there is another except those please help. Thanks

  2. I cleared it.
    It’s really helful.
    And plz show tips why Samsung galaxy devises like j7 prime keyboard lag.?
    Plz guide about this.

  3. Cleared the cache, (for the app)cleared the data and the unwanted messages are still there. The do not keep was already off.
    The update I installed yesterday added 2!….any other suggestions?

  4. This was super helpful! I bought a new android phone and started using Google Messages app for SMS. It had all of my old conversations marked as unread so the badge app icon was useless. Using the “Clear Data” button in the “Apps” menu was all it took! I didn’t even need to restart my device. Thank you!

  5. My experience has been that this only happens when my erasing a message thread coincides with someone sending one more message to it. The new message is erased with the rest, but has never been viewed, so shows unread. I’m trying to rein in my message erase OCD to avoid this. It may be best to just let the pesky fellows sit and ferment for a while till the message thread is well, and fully dead before cleaning house.

      1. Clearing Data removed the false notifications until I sent a text. Then it went right back to showing I had 4 unread messages.

  6. last “solution” is really bad idea. Turning that option on will cause that every process/application will be shut down as soon as the user leaves it. That option will disable multitasking on your phone, probably will make it slower and unstable. It’s better to get used to some badge than to make your phone semi-useful.

  7. Thank you for this information. Clearing data for badge provider solved the problem for my Samsung phone. The Messaging app was constantly showing 1 unread message no matter if there were none or several. I tried installing Hangouts & making it default messaging app and a bunch of sms resetting / cleaning apps, All of these methods were recommended to fix this problem elsewhere on the web. None of that worked. Nothing could find an unread message to clear out. Probably pulling the battery off the phone when it became unresponsive caused the problem.

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