WhatsApp now shows you when your message has been read

WhatsApp now shows you when your message has been read
Earlier today, we passed along some interesting numbers from WhatsApp, as the Facebook-owned messaging app celebrated its fifth birthday. All of the statistics aside, a useful feature has been added to the messaging app, starting today. How many times have you sent a message to someone, wishing you could find out if and when it was read by the recipient? WhatsApp has made your wish come true.

If you see a pair of blue check marks next to your sent message, you can take comfort in knowing that your words have been read by the intended target. If you sent a group chat, or a broadcast message, you won't see the blue check marks until every single recipient has read your missive.

Every message you sent will have a Message Info screen. To access it, open up a chat with a contact or group. Long press on the message you sent, and click on info or the info logo (small case "i" inside a round circle). Tap on it and you will open the door to a wealth of information. If you see the word Delivered next to your message, it means that your "media" was sent to the recipient, but was not yet seen by him/her. You will see the words Read or Seen when the recipient has read your message, or viewed your video or picture. For a voice message, it means that the message has been seen by the recipient, but not played. Played means that your voice message has indeed been heard.

If you're the sensitive type, don't take it personally if your message doesn't have the two blue check marks indicating that it has been delivered and read by the intended target. It merely means that the recipient of your message has not read it yet and will do so later. It could also mean that your target does not have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on his phone. Or, it could mean that either you or the recipient (or both) are having connectivity issues.

If you need to know if messages you send are being read, you might enjoy the new capabilities on WhatsApp, which is available for the iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 platforms. And yes, Happy Fifth Birthday to WhatsApp.

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source: WhatsApp via AndroidCentral



1. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

damn you Zuckerberg

2. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Been enjoying this feature for over 6 months on Windows phone, Alan F....

18. michaelny2001

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

this has been available for years... well on android. Single check mark means it has sent successfully, second check mark next to it means it was read. Nothing new here.

19. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Single check mark meant sending, two meant sent. A message atop the thread on Windows phones would say if someone read it or was typing

3. iamoa unregistered

means more fights and break-ups. :/

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice li'l update.

5. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Oh damn this is a very very bad feature!

6. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

I don't have any problem on my WhatsApp and just using today.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"WhatsApp now shows you when your message has been read" Does this mean by Facebook, by the NSA, by the recipient, by all of the above?

8. ishan.heru

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

come on phonearena whatsapp is also available for the symbian and this feature is also there on the symbian ( I m using nokia 808 and this feature is there ). You should have provided the link for symbian too in download option !!

10. Takeharu

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Well nobody uses symbian anymore... Of course there are still some people but those are negligable compared to android, iOS, WP and even BB10. I don't blame them.

12. Metamorphosis

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

You can download it from official whatsapp website. go to the download section of their website and choose Nokia

9. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Nice update. One thing that I would like is to know exactly who has and has not read my message yet if I sent it to a group.

11. Youraveragejoe

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

And it's also going to be free for lifetime in India

13. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

What? this has been there from the start, Android version has been stuffed but on iOS for the last 4.5 years since I had the iPhone 4, if you sent someone a message, one tick would mean delivered, a second tick would mean seen. Only time it didn't work was for Android phones where you would get two ticks right away.

17. Dastrix unregistered

Are you referring to the ones right by your message? Before, when those ticks didn't turn blue, one tick just showed that the message was sent to the server, and the other, that the message was successfully delivered to the recipent's phone. I guess they now added the blue 'seen' feature where the ticks would turn blue.

21. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Nope, that was Android, on iOS it always worked right. The first tick meant it was delivered to the device, second meant it was read. I've tested this since the days of the iPhone 4, I messed around sending messages back and forth between my iPhone 4 and HTC One X.

14. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I really cannot see the blue two check marks on my group chat, I am using the latest version

15. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

Whats new about this feature.. I have seen it on my phone for sometime already..

16. Sarajevo

Posts: 38; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

We have already had it on WP, for a while. Nobody at PA like and use WP, obviously, so they give wrong informations :)

20. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Uh what? I've had this since day 1 of using whatsapp almost 4 years ago on android, 1 tick for sent and 2 for read...

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