How to Pin and Unpin Messages on iPhone and iPad

Apple added many new features to iPhones with the introduction of iOS 14. Some of the most useful features include picture-in-picture mode, widgets, and app library. One of the newest features is the ability to pin conversations in iMessage. By pinning important conversations to the top, you can keep track of messages more easily and make sure that important conversations don’t get lost in a sea of new messages. While this feature is already available on other messaging services like WhatsApp and Telegram, it is now available for iMessage as well. If you’re new to this feature, this article will help you learn how to unlock and use it.


How to Pin Conversations on Messages App

In iMessage, there are three main ways to pin a conversation to the top. Let’s see them one by one.

Method 1: Swipe to pin

This action is familiar. You would normally archive mail in Gmail app by swiping the card to the left. So this action in iMessage will pin the conversation.

  1. Tap on a conversation that you would like to pin.
  2. Slide the conversation to the right, and you’ll see a yellow trail as you slide.
  3. Complete the slide, and your conversation will be pinned.

Method 2: Long Press

Long pressing a conversation will open up options for that conversation. So, to pin messages using this method,

  1. On the main screen of iMessage, long press on the conversation you wish to pin.
  2. From the options, tap the Pin “Name” option, where “Name” is the name of the conversation.

How to pin conversations on iMessage

Method 3: Bulk management

This method can help to pin or unpin many conversations quickly. In case you’ve multiple conversations pinned or want to pin them, follow these steps:

  1. On the main screen of iMessage, tap on “Edit” and select edit pins.
  2. The conversations will have a yellow-colored pin icon next to it.
  3. So, by tapping on the pin-icon, now you can pin the conversations to the top.

How to pin conversations on iMessage

Unpin conversations

So, if you want to unpin a conversation, because it takes up too much space on the top or it’s no longer important, it is also easy as pinning. In fact, there are two ways of doing it.

Way 1:

  1. Firstly, tap the edit option, as mentioned in Method 3 above.
  2. Now the pinned conversations at the top of the screen will have grey cloured minus icons.
  3. Finally, tap on the icon, and the pinned conversation will be unpinned instantly.

Way 2:

  1. Now, as the pinned conversation is on top of the list, long press on it.
  2. From the options menu, select Unpin “Name”.

Instantly, the conversation will be unpinned and will be no longer at the top.


So to conclude this article, we can see that pinning and unpinning a conversation on iMessage is easy and quick. But many people don’t realize that this feature exists. That’s because this is a new feature and will take some time for users to get used to it. But in my case, pinning conversations is a huge deal breaker. After using the iMessage pinning message system, I cannot see myself using iMessage again without this feature.

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