Text message icon always showing "1" message

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by clarkee, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. clarkee macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2007
    Please excuse this if it has come up before, ive done some searching but found no answers.

    I have an iPhone 4 running the latest iOS, and it always shows that I have one unread text message.

    It always seems to be what ever the last message was off one particular contact. But, if I click that contact to read the message, the back arrow at the top left then shows that there is still an unread message!

    When you click back, there isn't one! But if I press the home button, the icon in my dock shows an unread message again!

    I have done a restore, and it's the same.

    I do not want to have to delete all these messages of this concoct if possible.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. andybno1 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Liverpool, UK
    have you clicked on every contacts txt message thread aswell? if you have done everything you can best option would be to delete txt msgs
  3. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    tell that person to send you another text message. I think that's what usually fixes this for me... I just know that has happened to me probably a dozen times, but goes away on its own later. This has been a bug for a while. I think since 4.0, but it might actually be before that.
  4. ichabodkky macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2008
    This has happened to me before. Pull up the multi tasking tray and kill the messaging app. Then re-launch the messaging app and it should go away. That's what works for me.
  5. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    If nothing else works, try restarting your iPhone. (Powering it off completely).
  6. SAD*FACED*CLOWN macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2010
    Houston, TX
    it's a 4.0 bug...when you get another message it will go away or just restart your phone and it will go away
  7. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    yep, had the same issue with mail before and this resolved it.
  8. clarkee thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2007
    Thanks for all of your replies.
    Tried all suggestions apart from deleting messages, and none work.
    I'll wait to see if the next update fixes it.
    If not, I'll start deleting.

    Thanks again.
  9. Salukipilot4590 macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Happens to me from time to time as well. Kinda an interesting little bug in the iPhone but unless that person sends you another text you're going to need to restart.

    Funny...when you think about it...I've actually had to restart both my iPhones more often than my PC.
  10. clarkee thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2007
    The person the text is off texts me all the time.
    So unfortunately that doesn't work.

    Thanks though.
  11. Grimes macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2010
    This has happened to me too a few times. Shutting off the iPhone and restarting it fixed it once. Another time, I just had that person text me again and it fixed it. But another time it didn't go away no matter what I did so I ended up deleting the text messages. Kind of a pain, but it solved the problem.

    Such a bizarre bug.
  12. clarkee thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2007
    A very late response to this i know, but...

    I waited for an update, and when ever i updated the iphone to the newest software a few months back, it still showed 1 unread text message. so i left it.

    in the end it really started to annoy me, so i deleted all the messages from the contact, as i did this, the iphone reset itself and took a minute or so to come back on, like it does from a hard reset.

    when i looked at my texts, they were all gone! every text of every contact id had for months and months!

    but at least the '1' has disappeared and nor come back!

  13. jgdemeris macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2010

    The only way to get it to go away from my experience is to delete messages. One of the messages has a glitch in it. You will not know which one until you start deleting.

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