How to Turn Off Read Receipts on WhatsApp (iPhone and Android)

Note: I’m using iPhone (iOS 15.1) and Pixel 4a (Android 12).

Here are the steps:

Open WhatsApp app.

Hit the Settings at the bottom if you’re on iPhone. Hit the three vertical dots at the top right and tap “Settings” if you’re using Android.

Select Account > Privacy.

You can see the “Read Receipts” option now. Disable (to turn it off) or enable (to turn it on) it.

That’s all.

Note: At the time of this writing, WhatsApp Web doesn’t have an option to disable read receipts.

See: How to Read WhatsApp Messages Without Sender Knowing

Here are some essential questions and their answers:

What is “Read Receipts” in WhatsApp?

Read receipts, also known as blue ticks or blue tick, is a feature that lets you know whether the recipient reads your message or not.

It is by default enabled in WhatsApp.

What Happens if You Turn Off Read Receipts in WhatsApp?

If you turn off read receipts, the sender will not know whether you read their message. Also, you’ll not know whether the recipient reads your message.

How to disable the blue tick (also known as the read receipts) in the WhatsApp group?

There is no option to turn off read receipts for the WhatsApp group.

Can you turn on or off read receipts for one person or specific contacts in WhatsApp?

No. There is no option for that.

That’s all.

Thanks for reading.