7 Tips to Fix iPhone Shows Unread Text Messages but There are None in iOS 14

The primary purpose of notifications on your device is to tell you when you have a phone call or a message on your device. But sometimes notifications can fail to work as expected. Take the case of ghost or phantom messages on iPhone; The iPhone shows unread text messages, but when you open the app there are none.

If you are reading this, you’ve probably encountered this particularly annoying problem and everything you try to get rid of the phantom text messages hasn’t worked so far. Well, you can try one of the following 7 solutions to help you get rid of these non-existent messages.

1. Fix iPhone Phantom Messages with a Few Clicks

This problem often occurs when there is a software bug or system issue with your iPhone. Therefore, the best way to fix it is to use an iOS system recovery program that can go deep into your iPhone’s iOS system and eliminate the problem at the root cause. The best program to do that is FoneGeek iOS System Recovery, a program that is designed to fix every iOS error imaginable. iOS system recovery can be used to fix an iOS device that is stuck in recovery mode, an iPhone stuck on the Apple Logo, an iPhone that has connectivity issues and a device that simply doesn’t function as it should.

To use iOS system recovery to eliminate this iPhone ghost message issue, download the program on to your computer and then follow these simple steps:


Step 1: When the installation is complete, open this freeware on your computer and connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables. Click on “Repair Operating System” to begin the process.

choose repair mode

Step 2: Click on “StaFix Nowt” and follow the on-screen instructions to put the device in DFU/recovery mode. Once the device is successfully in DFU/recovery mode, you will need to install the latest firmware to continue. iOS system recovery has already detected the correct firmware, all you need to do is click “Start” and wait for the program to download the firmware.

put iphone into recovery mode

download firmware

Step 3: As the firmware has been downloaded and the device will begin fixing the device immediately. Keep the device connected to the computer through the process.


When the process is complete, the iPhone will restart and the phantom messages along with the underlying issues causing it should be gone.

2. Delete All the Messages from That Contact

This solution has worked for most people. All you have to do is delete all the messages from the contact that shows the phantom messages. If the other messages from this contact are important, it may be a good idea to back up all the messages individually before deleting them.

delete text messages

3. Toggle iMessage On and Off

If this iphone shows unread text messages but there are none problem occurs in iMessage, disabling iMessage in settings and then turning it on again could remove the phantom messages. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Find the ‘Message’ and click it when you open Settings app on iPhone.

Step 2: Locate “iMessages” and turn it off.

Step 3: Wait a few seconds and then turn it back on.

enable and disable imessage

4. Force Quit the Messages App

If the messages app has been running the background for a long time, it may begin to behave abnormally. Force quitting the message app can help. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Double-tap on the “Home” button to see all the opened apps.

Step 2: Swipe from the left to locate the messages app.

Step 3: When you find it, swipe it up to force close it.

force quit message app

5. Force Restart the iPhone

A force restart can essentially refresh your iPhone and in so doing remove any bugs that could be causing the problem. Here’s how to force restart an iPhone for the various models:

iPhone 6 and earlier version: Press and hold the “Home” and “Power” buttons simultaneously until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Hold down the “Volume Down” and “Power” buttons together until the Apple Logo appears.

iPhone 8 and iPhone X: quickly press and release the “Volume up” and then the “Volume down” button. Press and hold the ‘Power” button until the Apple Logo Appears on the screen.

turn off and turn on iphone

6. Ask Siri to Read the Unread Messages

This is another solution that some people said worked for them. Simply launch Siri and ask her to read all unread messages. Siri may not find any unread messages, but the phantom messages may disappear just because you ask Siri to find them.

7. Reset All Settings

If the above solutions don’t fix the problem, your best bet is to reset all the settings on the device. By returning all the settings to their default state, you will hopefully remove any setting that could be causing the issue. Here’s how to reset all settings on your iPhone:

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Reset.

Step 2: Tap on “Reset All Settings” and once the process is complete, check if the phantom messages are still there.

reset all settings iphone

All the solutions we’ve outlined above can be effective in eliminating the iPhone phantom messages. After trying each solution, check if the messages are still there. Let us know in the comments section below if you were able to fix this problem or if you have any questions or comments regarding any of the methods we’ve outlined above.


By Joan J. Mims

Posted on Aug 08, 2019, 22:56:19

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.