WhatsApp read receipts

You probably already know the two blue check marks you see next to your messages in WhatsApp conversations are Read receipts indicating your contact has indeed read your message. This is a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it can be very helpful at times, when you want to make sure your friend read your message for example. It can also be a curse, because you can’t really pretend you didn’t read a message if you actually have.

These problems are now a thing of the past with WhatsApp recent update that lets you disable and enable Read receipts at will. In this post, I’ll show you how to disable WhatsApp Read receipts.

First, some words of caution. If you disable Read receipts, you will not send Read receipts, but you will also not be able to see other’s Read receipts. It’s everything or nothing!

How to disable/enable Read receipts in WhatsApp

Step 1: In WhatsApp, go to Settings > Account > Privacy.

whatsapp disable read receipts

Step 2: Toggle off the Read receipts feature, as seen on the screenshot above.

And that is it. It’s definitely a simple operation, but one that’s buried deep down in your account settings. Remember that if you disable this feature, you won’t be able to see other people’s Read receipts.

For those users that have a jailbroken iPhone, there is also a tweak in Cydia that disables Read receipts without preventing you from seeing if your contact read your message.

Thanks Freddy for the tip!

  • Diego

    Use the “WhatsApp Read Receipt Disable” from cydia.
    This way you can read without sending a notification to friends, but if they read you will know.

    • You’re right. I edited the post with that information and link. Thanks

  • Smfh

    These blue ticks are destroying relationships. That shiit need to stop right now.

  • Sketch

    Jailbreak is better. You can disable your read receipts but still see others. You can even disable delivery notices.

    • CSK

      Which tweak?

      • Sketch

        There are loads. I use Watusi but theres others on there that do the same thing

      • Dev Shah

        Is Watusi Compatible with this latest version of WhatsApp i.e version 2.12.1? If yes then only I would update to the New version of this WhatsApp.

  • James

    Anyone have the calling feature?

    • Diego

      I have because I use the Beta version.

      • James

        Can you call me? Please.

      • Diego

        Sure, send your number

      • James

        (+44) 7535918164

      • TechLove

        Well, that was risky…

      • Diego

        Still want me to call you?

      • Pulkit Maloo

        please call me +919893336665

      • Diego


      • James

        Yeah please. +(44) 7535918164

  • Andrieux Querido

    Anything new on the Whatsapp Calls???

  • Arturo Polanco

    whatsapp++ compatible with de new version of whatsapp?

    • Diego

      I think yes, I’m using the beta versions that is more new and the Whatsapp++ is woriking.

  • InfinitePlusOne

    Compromise hmm no thanks. I would rather read others receipt.

  • afra33

    Ok great update! Now they need to make it optional if you want to show “online” when you’re in the app!!! LONG NEEDED UPDATE!!!!

  • Who even had this idea? It seems no one likes this bug (I know they call it „feature”).

  • Nicholas Oldroyd

    “It can also be a curse, because you can’t really pretend you didn’t read a message if you actually have.”

    How is this a curse? In what way would it ever be *good* behavior to pretend you didn’t see a message when you really had?

    That’s called being deceptive/lying and it’s always bad…