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    Read Receipts In WhatsApp- Read Texts Without The Sender Knowing

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    Do you want to read messages on WhatsApp without letting the sender know about it? Simply, turn off the read receipts in WhatsApp.

    By Surbhi Verma | 
    Updated: 20th May 2022 19:07 IST

    Table Of Contents

    • 1
      What are the Check Marks in WhatsApp?
    • 2
      What are Read receipts?
    • 3
      What happens when you turn off read receipts?
      • How does disabling read receipts impact individual chats?
      • How do read receipts impact group chats?
      • How do read receipts impact WhatsApp Status or Story?
      • How do read receipts impact Voice messages?
    • 4
      How to turn off read receipts?
    • 5
      Pro Tip- How to check if someone has read your message with disabled read receipts?

    Highlights of the Story

    • WhatsApp rolled out the read receipts feature in 2014.
    • The blue ticks simply let you know whether or not your messages have been read.
    • But you can turn off the read receipts in WhatsApp to stay private.

    With over two billion monthly active users, WhatsApp makers keep on releasing new updates and features to make their user’s journey convenient on the app. Read receipts in WhatsApp is one such feature. It came out in 2014. When this feature was introduced, it faced a lot of criticism from the people for violating their privacy.

    While the concern was true, there are times when you just don’t want to reply to a message or even let the sender know about reading it due to whatever reason, these are the times when “read receipts in WhatsApp” appear to be an enemy. If you too are concerned about this thing, here’s the good news- you can disable read receipts off in WhatsApp. But what does that actually mean? Let us find out in this article!

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    What are the Check Marks in WhatsApp?

    When texting on WhatsApp, you would have noticed the tick marks and how they differently appear when your messages are sent, delivered and read. In individual chats, if you see a single grey tick next to your message, this means- your text has been sent to the concerned person, the double grey tick means- your text is delivered and the double blue tick means- your text is read by the person.

    While in group chat, a single grey tick next to your text means- one of the people is yet to receive your message, a double grey tick means- your message is delivered to all the members in the group and the double blue tick means- your message is read by all the members.

    However, in case you don’t see the blue tick next to your messages for long, this means the person is either facing a network issue or is not using WhatsApp or they might have blocked you. But if you are sure, none of them is the reason, they might have disabled “Read receipts in WhatsApp”.

    What are Read receipts?

    read receipts in WhatsApp

    Read receipts in WhatsApp is a feature that lets you hide or show the blue tick that appears next to your messages. When someone texts you on WhatsApp, they can easily know the time at which you received the message and when you read it. You can do this by long-pressing a message and tapping the “(i)” or info icon.

    However, when you turn off read receipts in WhatsApp, you are basically hiding your message information like the delivery and read time. So, even if you have read the message, the sender won’t know about it as the double grey tick will never turn to a blue tick.

    What happens when you turn off read receipts?

    When you turn off the read receipts, it can impact individual chats, group chats, voice messages and story options in certain ways. Here’s how:

    How does disabling read receipts impact individual chats?

    When you send a message with your read receipts turned off, the sender won’t know if you have read their messages or not. Neither the read time will be available. However, it works both ways- and you will also not be able to check whether your messages are being read or not. As in both cases, only a double grey tick will appear in the chatbox. In simpler words, read receipts must be turned on from both sides to view the message read information.

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    How do read receipts impact group chats?

    When it comes to group chats, turning off read receipts do not have a major role to play in it. Whether your or others’ read receipts are off, you can still view the usual tick marks and message information. This means the blue tick will still appear when everyone in the group has read the message.

    How do read receipts impact WhatsApp Status or Story?

    When you turn off your read receipts and view someone’s story, they won’t know that you saw it. Cool thing? Now, you can view others’ stories without them knowing. However, here’s the drawback- with read receipts off, you will also not get to know who has viewed your story.

    How do read receipts impact Voice messages?

    Whether the read receipts are turned on or off, WhatsApp voice messages don’t really get affected by it. If you send a voice message to the person whose read receipts are off, you can still the blue tick when they have seen the message and the play button will also turn to blue when they have listened to the voice message. You can also check the message info to view the time when they received and played the message.

    How to turn off read receipts?

    read receipts in WhatsApp

    Now that you know, what happens when you turn off read receipts, it’s time to know how to turn them off:

    1. Open WhatsApp on your phone. If you have an Andriod phone, click on the three-dot icon at the top and go to Settings. For iPhone users, Settings is at the bottom.
    2. Next, go to Account and then click on Privacy.
    3. Just below the Status option, you will see Read receipts. Toggle it off from there and you are done.

    Note: If you turn off read receipts and viewed another’s story and then again turned on your read receipts before the story expires, that person will know that you have viewed their story.

    Pro Tip- How to check if someone has read your message with disabled read receipts?

    Although the motive behind disabling read receipts is to remain hidden from the person whose text you have read, there is a way to figure this out too- Voice messages. As mentioned above, voice messages remain unaware of read receipts turned on or off. So, you can send a quick two seconds voice note to check if your messages are being read or not.

    So, that was all about “read receipts in WhatsApp”. There is no hard and fast rule as to whether you should keep your read receipts on or off. It totally depends on your need.

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