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How to Read WhatsApp Messages Without Alerting the Sender

Akshata Shanbhag 20-01-2016

Everybody’s out to dodge those dreaded double blue ticks in WhatsApp. You know, the read receipts that tell the sender that you have read their messages and put subtle pressure on you to respond immediately. Thankfully, with the next three tricks you can read messages without alerting the sender.


1. Turn on Airplane mode before you open any received WhatsApp messages. This takes WhatsApp offline and you’ll be reading the messages from the app cache. Be sure to close WhatsApp before switching off the airplane mode.


2. Add a WhatsApp widget to your home screen and read the messages at a glance. During testing, I was even able to scroll through long messages from the widget and still keep the blue ticks from showing up.

Your experience with these two hacks might vary, so it’s best to test them out with a friend before you use either of them on a regular basis.


3. Uncheck the box next to Read receipts from Settings > Account > Privacy. Remember that once you do this, you won’t be able to see read receipts from other people either, barring those in group chats.

You might also want to check out a few other awesome WhatsApp tricks we have written about 9 Essential WhatsApp Tips and Tricks You Should Know Here are some essential WhatsApp tips and tricks you may not know exist. But once you do, you're likely to make use of them. Read More .

Do the read receipts in WhatsApp bother you? Have you turned them off?

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  1. Turbo
    June 27, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Stealth mode

  2. HKJoe
    June 26, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Every article on the Internet talks about how to avoid the blue ticks! What about reading the message without causing the double ticks (sent ticks) itself? If someone can find that, that is a true life hack!

  3. Rachid
    January 26, 2016 at 12:46 pm


  4. Fik of borg
    January 20, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Or don't be a teenager and read the messages without fearing to offend the sender with a small delay (if he is offended with that, it's better not to feed his touchiness).
    If the message is urgent, the sender is better off knowing that one is aware of the message instead of not knowing if one is even near the phone. And the double blue only means that the message has been shown on the screen, not that the recipient has read it or even was looking at the phone.

    Of course, I realize this article is about how to do it, not if it is worth doing it.

    • Sk
      January 22, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Im a teenager and i second you.

    • AMC
      June 26, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      I came on here to say basically the same thing. If your recipient is so infantile that they expect you to reply immediately to every little message, maybe you should be more discerning about who you communicate with. I like knowing that my message is going through, and I thought the receipt was a wonderful innovation when it came out.

    • Jouni "rautamiekka" Järvinen
      April 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Such an ass needs to be flipped the bird.