Sometimes you’re not in a position to reply to WhatsApp messages immediately.
Maybe you need more time to think about a reply after reading the message. And you don’t want the owner to know that you’ve read it.
But then not many know that the sender can find out whether you’ve read the message or not.
How Does a Sender Find Out Whether You’ve Read a Message or Not?
You may not know this. When the sender sees two blue ticks after his message is sent, it means you, the recipient, have read the message.
The moment you open the message the two blue ticks will appear on the sender’s side.
If only one grey tick is shown on the sender’s phone, it shows that the message has been sent.
If there are two grey ticks on the sender’s phone, it means the message has been delivered.
If two blue ticks appear, as mentioned above, it means the message has been read.
So, we now don’t want the sender to see the two blue ticks on his phone.
Here are two ways to read a WhatsApp message without the sender knowing.
Method 1: Disable Read Receipts
The first way is to disable the read receipt feature on your WhatsApp account settings.
Step 1 – Click on 3 Dots
On your WhatsApp screen tap the 3 dots on the top right.
Step 2 – Choose Settings
Step 3 – Select Privacy
On the Settings menu tap on Privacy.
Step 4 – Turn off Read Receipts
Tap on the slider to turn off Read receipts.
The Read receipt feature will be greyed out.
After this, a sender won’t know whether you’ve read a message or not.
At the same time, you, too, won’t know whether someone has read your message or not.
This is the easiest way to read WhatsApp messages without changing the “last seen x minutes ago’ feature.
Method 2: Read WhatsApp Messages Without Opening It
You can also use this method to read WhatsApp messages without the sender knowing.
You can’t do this over your smartphone, however.
You would have to use WhatsApp Web.
Step 1 – Go to WhatsApp Web Messages
After logging in to WhatsApp web, go to your messages.
Step 2 – Hover Mouse Over Message
Hover your mouse over the message you want to read, but don’t want to open.
A preview of the message appears.
You can now read WhatsApp messages from the notification bar without the sender knowing.
With this method, you can only read the latest message you received. When a new message comes in. You won’t be able to see the message you intended to read.
Still, it’s a good way to read a WhatsApp message without the sender knowing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Disable Read Receipt Work for Group Chats?
No, it doesn’t work for group chats.
The sender will only see the 2 blue ticks after everyone has read his message.
Still, he can find out if a person in the group has read the message.
All he has to do is tap on the message.
Then tap on the i icon on the top.
Now he can see who in the group has read the message. This works even if the Read Receipt feature is disabled.
Also displayed is the date and time the message was read.
Does Reading WhatsApp Messages on Airplane Mode Work?
Yes, it works only if you turn on the Airplane mode before receiving the message.
But then if you turn it on, you may not receive the message in the first place.
This is because your WiFi and Mobile data are disabled.
If you manage to read the sender’s message after turning on Flight mode, the sender will know that you’ve read his message.
Will the Sender Know if You Delete the Message After Reading it?
Yes, the moment you open the message the sender will know you’ve read it. Deleting it won’t make a difference.
Those are the ways to read a WhatsApp message without the sender knowing.
Choose the method that suits you and give it a try.