How to disable WhatsApp read receipts (blue check marks)

This tutorial will show you step by step how to disable read receipts (blue check marks) on WhatsApp on an Android phone and Windows Phone (Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile).

When you turn off read receipts (double blue ticks), your contacts will not know when you've read their messages.

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WhatsApp read receipts

WhatsApp lets you know when your message is sent, received, and read.

This will be indicated with check marks.

What the check marks mean:

If you don't want your contacts to know when you've read their messages, then you can easily disable read receipts (also known as “read status” or “read notifications”).

But:

If you deactivate read receipts, you also cannot see the read status from your contacts.

Note: You cannot turn off the read notifications for voice messages and group chats (groups).

How to disable WhatsApp read receipts (blue check marks) on Android

These steps work for all Android smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia, Google Pixel, Motorola, Lenovo, Nokia, Huawei, HTC, LG, and all other brands and types.

1. Open WhatsApp.

2. Tap on the menu button.

For many Android phones, the WhatsApp menu button is a physical button on your smartphone located at the bottom left or bottom right, and for some phones, the menu button is in the top right corner of the screen. The icon for the menu button will look different on different phones.

whatsapp menu buttons on android

3. Tap on Settings.

4. Tap on Account.

5. Tap on Privacy.

6. Uncheck the checkbox next to Read receipts to turn off read receipts.

disable read receipts on whatsapp on an android phone

How to disable WhatsApp read receipts (blue check marks) on Windows Phone

These steps work for all Windows Phone 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile smartphones, such as the Nokia and Microsoft Lumia.

1. Open WhatsApp.

2. Tap on the ... (three dots) located at the bottom right.

whatsapp options button on windows phone

3. Tap on Settings.

4. Tap on Account.

5. Tap on Privacy.

6. Tap on the toggle button next to Read Receipts to disable read receipts.

disable read receipts on whatsapp on a windows phone

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References:

WhatsApp FAQ What are those check marks next to my messages?

WhatsApp FAQ Checkmarks on Android

WhatsApp FAQ Checkmarks on Windows Phone