I'm aware that this used to be possible at one point or another, but I'm trying to find a solution specifically for Big Sur and up. I've recently decided to automatically hide my dock which unfortunately leads to forgetting that I've received text messages until hours later unless I open and respond to them immediately.

Is it possible, either within the system or through third-party software, to add an icon to the menu bar that indicates that there are unread messages in the stock Messages.app?

  • What I do is to set the Messages Notification style to Alerts. That way the Notfications do not disappear until I dismiss it. (Ofcourse, this is productive only if you don't receive a lot of messages or else you'll spend a lot of time clocking and dismissing each message!)
    – sfxedit
    Sep 7 at 6:35

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