How to Turn Off Read Receipts on WhatsApp

How to Turn Off Read Receipts on WhatsApp – In WhatsApp, when someone sends a message, a single gray check appears when the sending is successful on the network. When the message reaches the recipient’s service, a second gray checkmark appears. After the person reads the message (which means the message is open), both ticks turn blue and function as a read receipt. In a group chat, both ticks turn blue only when each participant in the group chat has opened the message.

What are blue ticks or read receipts WhatsApp?

If you don’t see the two blue checks next to a message you’ve sent, then:

  • The person you sent the message to hasn’t opened it yet.
  • You or the recipient have disabled read receipts in the app’s privacy settings.
  • The recipient may be using an outdated version of WhatsApp.
  • You or the person you sent the message to is not near a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.

Blue ticks force you to respond to messages immediately to prevent your friends and family – who may tell you that you have opened their messages – from thinking you are ignoring them. It is better for their privacy if they are not notified about it. There is a way to turn off read receipts in WhatsApp.

How to Turn Off Read Receipts on WhatsApp

Read receipts are a two-way street. If you turn them off to prevent others from knowing that you read their messages, you won’t be able to know when they read yours. However, here’s how to do it:

  • Tap the Settings icon.
  • Choose Account.
  • Tap Privacy. Scroll down to Read Receipts and turn off the option.


Even if you turn off read receipts, they remain enabled in group chats. There is no way to disable revealing checkmarks in group chats.

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