WhatsApp, known for its privacy-centric features, allows users to turn off read receipts, commonly known as the blue tick. When this feature is disabled, both the sender and receiver cannot see whether their messages have been read. However, there are workarounds that enable you to read WhatsApp messages without opening the chat or revealing your activity to the sender. These tips are applicable to both Android and iOS users.
Official Method: Turn Off Read Receipts
Before exploring other methods, let’s look at the official way to turn off read receipts on WhatsApp:
- Open WhatsApp and go to Settings.
- Select Account and then Privacy.
- Turn off the Read Receipts option.
Alternative Ways to Read Messages Discreetly
- Turn on Airplane Mode: Enable Airplane Mode on your device before opening the WhatsApp message. This prevents WhatsApp from updating the status of sent messages. However, note that once you turn off Airplane Mode and reconnect to the internet, WhatsApp may update the read status.
- Use Notification Bar: Slide down the notification window to read the message directly from the notification bar. Be quick, though, as new messages might replace it after a while.
- Turn on Pop-up Notification: Enable pop-up notifications in WhatsApp settings to receive message previews as pop-ups. To do this, go to WhatsApp > Settings > Notifications > Popup notification, and select ‘Always show the popup.’
- Tap and Hold Notification (iPhone): iPhone users can tap and hold the WhatsApp message notification to view the message preview.
- Add WhatsApp App Widget to Home Screen: Add the WhatsApp widget to your device’s home screen to receive notifications and read messages without opening the app. Tap and hold on the home screen, scroll through the widget list, and add the WhatsApp widget.
- Hover Over Chat (WhatsApp Web): For WhatsApp Web users, hover the mouse over the contact list to read the last message sent by the sender.
- Use Third-Party Apps (Not Recommended): There are third-party apps claiming to help you read WhatsApp messages secretly. However, these apps may not be secure or trustworthy, so exercise caution.
Remember that while these methods can be helpful, respecting others’ privacy and communication preferences is essential. Always use these tips responsibly and consider the implications of reading messages without letting the sender know.