How to Read WhatsApp Messages without Opening or Sender Knowing

You can read WhatsApp messages without the sender knowing about them using the methods below. Both ways work for individual and group chats. Let’s view them.

Note: I’m using Windows 11 PC, iPhone (iOS 15.1), and Pixel 4a (Android 12).

How to Read WhatsApp Messages without Opening or Sender Knowing


If you’re using Android, follow any of the below methods.

Method #1

Let’s see the steps to place a WhatsApp widget on the home screen:

  1. Long press the home screen and choose “Widgets.”
  2. Scroll down to the bottom, and you can see “WhatsApp.” Hit it.
  3. Long press the “WhatsApp 4 x 2” widget and drop it on the home screen.

That’s all. Resize it if you wish. From now on, when you receive a WhatsApp message, you can view it in the widget.

Method #2

Unlock your Android device if it is locked. Slide down once, and you’ll see the WhatsApp message in the notification.



If you’re using iPhone, follow any of the below methods.

Method #1

  1. Close WhatsApp if it is open and turn on airplane mode.
  2. Read the WhatsApp message.
  3. Close WhatsApp and turn off airplane mode.

Method #2

Using this method, you can read WhatsApp messages without opening WhatsApp app.

Open the “Notification Center.” You can read the WhatsApp message here.


WhatsApp Web

If you’re using WhatsApp Web, follow any of the below methods.

You can view the last message of the conversation on the WhatsApp Web left sidebar.

Here’s an alternate method to see a message without the blue ticks on the WhatsApp Web:

  1. Open WhatsApp Web and turn off your PC’s internet connection.
  2. Please open the chat, read the messages, and close the WhatsApp Web.

That’s all.

Why Disabling the Read Receipts Feature Isn’t a Perfect Solution?

Read receipts (also known as the blue tick or blue ticks), a feature enabled on WhatsApp by default, let the sender know whether the recipient read their message or not.

You can do this task by turning off the read receipts. But it isn’t a satisfactory solution. Here’s why:

  • If you disable this feature, the sender won’t know that you have read their message. But the same is the case for you when you send a message to someone.
  • This one won’t stop the read receipts sent for group chats.
  • Unfortunately, there’s no way to do this for an individual chat.

So, all this makes “disabling” it a non-perfect solution.

Thanks for reading.