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How to Disable WhatsApp Read Receipts (Blue Ticks)

The dreaded WhatsApp Blue Tick: First of all, what does it mean? If you have ever seen those checkmarks in WhatsApp, you might have wondered what they actually stand for. Basically, one checkmark means that your message was successfully sent out to the WhatsApp servers. Another checkmark and you know that your message has reached the destination. Once both of those ticks turn blue, you’ll know that the other party has read your text or viewed your image or video.

How to disable blue ticks in WhatsApp

WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Privacy > Read Receipts

There are exceptions however. Since WhatsApp introduced new privacy features its users have gained more granular control over things. You can turn the so-called read receipts (thus, the blue ticks) on and off from the settings menu within the app. This guide will show you how to avoid blue ticks within WhatsApp and stealthily view anything your contacts send you, without having them notified that you did so.

There is one drawback, though. You won’t be able to see whether they have read your messages either.

To disable blue ticks for both sides, select the “Settings” section at the bottom of the WhatsApp application menu. Go to “Account”, then “Privacy” and finally turn off the toggle marked “Read receipts”.

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