Read WhatsApp messages secretly! Know how to Turn Off Read Receipts or 'Blue Ticks | How-to

Read WhatsApp messages secretly! Know how to Turn Off Read Receipts or 'Blue Ticks

Did you know there's a way you can turn off read receipts on WhatsApp and hence, read messages secretly without letting the sender know? You can do it this way.

| Updated on: Jan 23 2023, 09:51 IST
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2/5 How to send the best quality photo on WhatsApp: Open WhatsApp on your iPhone or Android device and click on the three dots to go to WhatsApp Settings. From Settings you will have to select Storage and Data. After that you will have to tap on the Photo upload quality and select the Best Quality option and then click on Ok. (REUTERS)
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3/5 Meanwhile, you can also check the steps to send photos and videos on WhatsApp here: Go to WhatsApp and open an individual or group chat where you want to send the photo or video. Click on the Attach icon, then follow the steps mentioned below: (PTI)
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5/5 While iPhone users will have to click on the plus icon and then select Photo and Video Library to select a photo or video from your iPhone's photos or albums. After selecting a photo or video, tap Add at the bottom left to select multiple photos or videos at once. (Pixabay)
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Know how to turn off read receipts on WhatsApp. (Bloomberg)

Since its launch in 2009, WhatsApp has grown by leaps and bounds. It has become one of the most widely used apps in the world. It has a special feature that is quite useful sometimes. This is the WhatsApp read receipts, aka 'Blue Ticks' feature. It allows senders to see when their message has been read by the recipient. This feature can be useful for ensuring that important messages have been received and read by the person they have been sent to. Although this feature is useful in most situations, it can cause some privacy concerns. For example, if a user doesn't want to respond to a message he has already read, he may feel pressure to do so knowing that the sender knows it has been opened and read.

Fortunately, WhatsApp allows users to turn off read receipts. Therefore, users will still be able to read the message without the sender knowing whether the message has been read. Users should note that this won't disable the read receipts for group chats or play receipts for voice messages. There is no way to turn those off yet. You can turn off WhatsApp read receipts on your smartphone this way.

Turn off WhatsApp Read Receipts on Android

Step 1:

To turn off read receipts, open WhatsApp.

Step 2:

Tap on the More icon, which is 3 dots at the top right corner of the screen.

Step 3:

Tap on Settings and then Privacy.

Step 4:

Tap on Read Receipts to turn it off.

Turn off WhatsApp Read Receipts on iPhone

Step 1: 

To turn off read receipts on the iPhone, open WhatsApp.

Step 2: 

Tap on the Settings tab and go to Privacy.

Step 3: 

Tap on Read Receipts to disable it.

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First Published Date: 23 Jan, 09:36 IST