When get an incoming sms and view it in the notification menu (swiping down from the top of the screen) I can sometimes read the entire message there and I don't need to reply to it. Is it possible to mark it as read there and then? The two options I have right now is "reply" and "call".

I am using a Samsung Galaxy S5 with android 4.2.2

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Yes indeed you can! It's not a 'stock' or 'Hangouts' feature though, but there are apps that can perform this functionality.

SMS notifier on the Google Play store has this option as you will see in the screenshots for it.

Off the record a friend said that Google tend to prefer you to Activate something, rather than mark as read! That's why you don't see this option very much.

As per bmdixon: This does not work in Hangouts. It seems OK if hangouts is not the default SMS application, but this may vary between Android Versions and OEM devices.

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    Good suggestion but worth noting that according to the 'What's new' section "...due to restrictions, messages cannot be marked as read in Hangout app." I expect this is more of an an issue with the SMS restrictions in 4.4 than Hangouts itself however.
    – bmdixon
    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:44
  • @bmdixon I've added that caveat to the post now, many thanks for the heads up!
    – RossC
    Aug 19, 2014 at 14:15
  • I appreciate this answer. Hoerver, unfortunately the app is not compatible with Galaxy S5. I will look around for other apps though... Aug 19, 2014 at 15:51
  • And what to do with android > 4.2 Oct 18, 2016 at 6:45

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