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

This tutorial will show you step by step how to disable read receipts (blue check marks) on WhatsApp on an Android phone.

The steps on this page work for all Android phones, such as Samsung, Sony, Google, Lenovo, Huawei, OnePlus, Motorola, Nokia, ASUS, LG, and all other Android phones.

WhatsApp read receipts let you know when your message is sent, received, and read. The double blue checkmarks mean that someone has read your message. You can disable this feature in a few steps. But, if you disable this feature, you also won't be able to see the read status from your contacts.


1. Open WhatsApp.

2. Tap on the menu button.

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

whatsapp menu buttons on android

3. Tap on Settings.

Open WhatsApp settings

4. Tap on Account.

Open WhatsApp account settings

5. Tap on Privacy.

Open WhatsApp privacy settings

6. Tap on the toggle button next to Read receipts to disable this option.

Disable read receipts on WhatsApp on an Android phone

The read receipts feature is now disabled. But read receipts are always sent for group chats.

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