How To Read WhatsApp Messages Without Revealing It

How To Read WhatsApp Messages Without Revealing It on Freepps Top Blog

This situation has happened to everyone at least once for sure: you’ve got a message and even read it, but that was not a perfect time for answering it or you just didn’t have a strong desire to do this right then.

What's left to do in such a case? The simplest way is not to open the incoming message; though, it may happen even unintentionally or by reflex. 

The sender sees the “read” status of a message, but you can’t leave it without an answer not to seem rude or indifferent in his eyes. However, if you use WhatsApp messenger for chatting and want to find a way to read messages invisibly, there is a solution for this.

Various Types of Ticks for Marking Message Status

To avoid this awkward situation, you should first remember how different message statuses are marked within the app we’re talking about. They are as follows:

  • Sent - one grey tick;
  • Delivered - two grey ticks;
  • Read - two blue check marks.

Method 1

In case you need to overcome the rules, the first thing you should do is switch the airplane mode on before doing anything else. This will mean that you’ll be able to reach a cached message while the application itself won’t be connected to the Internet. 

Warning!  Do not forget to close the app before switching the device into the regular mode. 

Method 2

WhatsApp Privacy Settings

There’s also an alternative procedure if you suggest that all these mode switchings aren’t for you. Follow these steps to stay hidden within the WhatsApp messenger:

  • Launch the app;
  • Go to the Settings Menu;
  • Tap the “Account” tab and then choose “Privacy”;
  • Turn off the read receipts by removing the check mark.

Warning! Such an action will also touch your sent messages, and you won’t be able to see their status anymore. 

The Bottom Line

Of course, it would be great, if there was a one-tap toggle between “visible” and “invisible” modes without any drawbacks and limits. Still, such a need to hide your reading activity doesn't occur very often, meaning that we may be satisfied even with this poor set of options.

By the way, do not forget that the aforementioned methods can’t be applied to the multiple-user chats because we can’t change the read receipts settings for them. 

Antonio Neri


Our resident meandering word artist, Antonio surely knows how to spot a good taco.

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