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.

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

This tutorial works for all Android phones, such as Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia, Google Pixel, Lenovo, Huawei, One Plus, Motorola, Nokia, ASUS, LG, and all other Android phones.

But first:

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).

And now:

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

1. Open WhatsApp.

2. Tap on the menu button.

For some 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. 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 option is now disabled.


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References:

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

WhatsApp FAQ Checkmarks on Android