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If you’ve ever been in a position where you don’t want someone to know you’ve seen your message, you’re probably not a big fan of read receipts. A feature available on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, on email clients like Outlook, and of course on messaging apps like WhatsApp and iMessage — it lets the sender know if you’ve opened their message.

Luckily, you can disable the feature, and here’s how to do just that if you use Apple’s iMessage app.

How to Turn All Read Receipts Off

To turn off read receipts go to Settings > Messages and scroll down to Send Read Receipts. You can toggle the on/off switch to make sure that Read Receipts are turned off.

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If you use the Message app on your Mac, you can also change this setting by opening it and going to Messages > Preferences > Accounts. Select the email address associated with your iMessage account and make sure that Send read receipts is not checked.

Unlike Outlook’s read receipts How to Turn Off Read Receipts in Outlook How to Turn Off Read Receipts in Outlook It's a bit disconcerting to have senders know whether you've read the emails they sent, isn't it? In Outlook, you can disable this feature -- and you probably should. Read More , by turning them off on iMessage means that you can’t tell when other people read your messages.

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How to Selectively Turn Read Receipts On/Off

If there are certain contacts it would be useful to share read receipts with, in iOS 10 you can actually selectively turn on read receipts for specific conversations.

To do this, launch the iOS Messages app and open a conversation with the individual you want to send read receipts to. If you don’t have an existing conversation, you will have to create one in order to access this feature Tap the “i” button in the top right-hand corner and toggle Send Read Receipts on.

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What do you think of read receipts? Love them or hate them? Are they disabled on your iPhone? Let us know in the comments.

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