Turn off Read Receipts on WhatsApp for Android

Turn off Read Receipts on WhatsApp for Android
Earlier this month, an update to the Android version of WhatsApp added Read Receipts. This is the feature that shows you a double blue check mark next to your sent messages, which means that the recipient of your message has read it. Of course, with the messaging app's tit-for-tat way of thinking, adding the feature also means that those sending you messages will know if you read their missive.

Not every WhatsApp member was thrilled about the Read Receipts feature, so the messaging app's website is offering an update for Android users to version 2.11.444. After the update, you will be given an option to enable or disable Read Receipts. Keep in mind that if you do disable the feature, you won't be able to get the check marks for messages that you send (tit-for-tat, remember?). Also, you cannot disable the Read Receipts feature for group messages. Once everyone in the group has read a message you sent, the blue double check marks will appear regardless if you've disabled the feature for individual messages.

The update is only available for now from the WhatsApp website, which you can visit by clicking on the sourcelink. Eventually it might be available from the Google Play Store. Additionally, those running an Android phone powered by Lollipops are reporting that heads-up notifications have been added, following the installation of the update. Lastly, profile pictures are reportedly inside circles with Android 5.0. Previous Android versions used a square for profile pictures.

source: WhatsApp via AndroidPolice



1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Saw this comming.

5. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

i never like "read" receipt on any chat apps...

2. vurobega

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

what is green icon apps on the left side google camera?!? is that new hangouts icon that only appear in Lollipop???

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

The green icon next to the Google+ icon looks intriguing too

6. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Probably Hangouts Dialer app.

4. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

The one next to the camera is probably Hangouts and the one next to google+ iz probably Hangouts dialer

7. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

But it will still show the two Grey double-checks? I don't want to know that the message was delivered to the phone - means the same s**t like the two blue double-checks.

8. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

I did not update (im using the version before the blue ticks were introduced) and i get the best of both worlds. Ppl won't get blue ticks if i read their message and I can see blue ticks of those who updated and read my message.

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