iPhone Messages App Showing 1 Unread Message Even Though There Isn’t One

Ever had this happen to you, you get several text messages (or just one) you read all of your messages and it still shows 1 unread message? You try turning your phone off, a hard reset, quiting the messages app and nothing makes the badge icon with the 1 unread mark go away. If you are like me and task oriented or just like things to show up properly then this could be very annoying. Always thinking you have a text message when you don’t; not cool.

Here are some steps that you can take to resolve this issue (this is the order I would perform the steps in):

  1. Power off your iPhone if you haven’t already and power it back on
  2. Perform a hard reset by holding down the Home and the Power button until the iPhone shuts off; then power it back on
  3. Check to make sure the Messages App isn’t still running somehow and quit it if it is. You can check this by double-tapping the home button and scrolling through the open apps
  4. Check to see if you have received any automated texts from a business (especially AT&T, Verizon, Team Mobile, etc.). This might look like a reminder text or a receipt for a payment made. —-> This was the solution for one iPhone I looked at today
  5. Go through and delete your text message conversations starting with the most recent ones

If one of these steps doesn’t work for you post a comment with what you have tried and I will offer some other suggestions.