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Messenger Message Status Icons / Symbols Explained

Over a billion people use Facebook Messenger on daily basis. Thus most of them don’t know what the message status symbols or icons mean. There are lots of there, for example, the simple circle, gray checkmark, gray profile picture, white checkmark, and so on. However, people are confused if their messages are delivered successfully or not, etc.

In this article, I will let you know what these message status icons or symbols mean on Messenger. Also, I will show you an example for each one, just to keep things transparent. So without further discussion let's get started ...

What do message status icons mean on Messenger?

There are four different types of icons available on Facebook Messenger and counting. However, the four ones I am talking about the most familiar to all of us. However, most of the user doesn't understand what do they mean. That is why you are here and I am going to explain the full meaning of these icons with proofs and screenshots just for better understanding.

The open white gray circle

This is the very first icon you will see when you tap the send button after composing your message on Messenger. The open white or gray empty circle means, the message has been composed and processed successfully but on its way to the other user (sending status). This icon will never change if you don’t have an internet connection or having issues with the Messenger application.

Open gray Icon with Check Mark

The open gray with a checkmark icon means, your message has been sent from your side successfully. Thus it is not yet delivered. It is to let you know that there were no issues while composing and sending your text messages.

In short, the message has been sent and yet available for delivery on the Facebook Messenger server. After that when the recipient gets online, he / she will receive your message in no time. Note that if your messages have been ignored, then you may see such an icon for as long as you’re in the recipient ignored or spam list.

Filled Gray Icon with Check Mark

The filled gray icon with a checkmark means that your message has been successfully delivered to the recipient. Yet, you cannot see that if the person reads your message. However, it is confirmed that the message is now available on the recipient device to read. While that is his choice to read it or ignore it. Keep in mind that if you are in someone’s spam list then and he read your message, then still you will only see the filled gray icon with a checkmark.

The Red Triangle

Once you see that red triangle sign it means your message has not been sent or delivered. That is a complete fail, which means your message has been failed. You can try several things to fix the red triangle sign. It usually appears when you have slower internet speed, or you don’t have a steady internet connection. Also, you can check that you are using the latest version of Messenger. In some cases, you may see some alerts like "This message didn’t send". This clearly indicates a message failure.

Profile picture under your message

This is an icon when somebody has seen your message. Meaning, your message has been sent, delivered, and the recipient read it. That is a clear indication when someone saw your message. All the check marks including, the gray, filled gray will be replaced with this icon once a person reads the message. In short, the recipient has seen your message, doubts are cleared.

What do the symbols mean on messenger?

Different icons are there in the Facebook Messenger for message status. For example. the gray checkmark white symbol, which means you have successfully sent a message, gray filled check mark means your message is sent and delivered, while the profile picture icon means, the recipient seen your message.

What does the white circle with a check mean on messenger?

The white circle with the checkmark has now been replaced with the gray one. However, it means your message has been sent from your device and on its way to deliver there on the recipient device. For your information, this also means that the message you just sent is gone from your side, available on the Facebook Messenger server, and ready to deliver on the recipient device once he or she gets online.

What does the gray tick mean on messenger?

If you that gray tick (symbol / icon) under your message, it means your message has not been delivered yet. The recipient will get once he / she gets online, but if it stays for a long time, then consider that you have been blocked on Facebook Messenger. Well, in such a case, you cannot do anytime, but to request the person humbly to unblock you from someone’s profile.