How to check Facebook messages on Android without sending a read receipt

How to check Facebook messages on Android without sending a read receipt
Facebook's messaging feature has one very annoying habit, and it is immediately notifying the other party that you have read their messages, and the exact timing of said check. Chatting was fun until you had to respond in real time, or explain yourself afterwards. Granted, it is all part of Facebook's master plan to hook you up to its services and ecosystem for hours on end, and upsell these engagement numbers to advertisers, but for all those with stalking girlfriends, the real-time "read" notification system for messages should be optional.

It's not, though, and, while on the desktop you have several ways to circumvent the read receipt that the Facebook Messenger sends to said stalking girlfriend, or annoying relative, on Android the choices are few and far between, in fact represented by two apps only. Fret not, though, as there are still apps for that, which prevent those read receipts to be sent to the other chathead, and still get you to see their messages beforehand. The one we will focus on is called Privy Chat for Facebook, the other is Unseen, or the equivalent to the desktop version of the browser plugin with the same title. Here's how to set the latter up:

1. Download and install the Privy Chat for Facebook app from the Play Store;
2. Login with your Facebook credentials upon loading the app for the first time (you didn't think you can skip that part, did you?).
3. Upon receiving a Facebook Messenger notification via a chathead popup, or another way, don't open the official Messenger app, but fire up Privy Chat instead;
4. All message threads will appear in text-only form in the Privy Chat for Facebook app, you can read the new posting, hide it, or refresh to see if there is anything new that's arrived; unfortunately, Facebook doesn't allow pictures, videos, web links, or other attachments to be previewed in 3rd party chat apps, but the Privy Chat application still shows you all conversation history in threaded form, unlike the other app that does the same, Unseen for Facebook, which only shows a text-only form of your last unread message;
5. If you want the messages to be marked as seen for the chathead across, simply open them with the official Facebook Messenger app again.

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10 Comments

1. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

Or you know, just turn off your internet connection if you want to read the message so a Read receipt cannot be sent.

3. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

hmmm great tip too!!!

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Does it not cache or save it for when you're online later a read receipt will be made?

7. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

In my experience, it doesn't do this. When I read the message without a connection, such as when I'm on the tube or somewhere else without a connection, and I check my messages from a desktop later, the site will say that I have new unread messages.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Oh thanks captain! Just preventing those "seen-zoned" moments. Lol!

2. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

nice! (Borat voice)

4. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

i couldnt care less i'll respond to you when i feel like it. if this is such a big deal......delete your fb

5. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

holy mother of cookies, grow up and read the freaking message. otherwise stop communicating and send letters.

9. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

or Or OR... You could have mature relationships with friends and family and understand that things happen in each others lives that might warrant sending a message late.

10. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Turn on email notifications: you have all your messages in your email inbox.

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