How to Read WhatsApp Messages without Blue Ticks

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Here, I’m using Android and iPhone. Let’s get started.

How to Read WhatsApp Messages without Blue Ticks

Read receipts (also known as blue ticks), a feature enabled on WhatsApp by default, lets the sender know that the recipient read his message.

But if you want to read WhatsApp messages without letting the sender know about them, this section is for you.

Why Disabling the Read Receipts Feature is not a Perfect Solution?

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

  • If you disable this feature, the sender will not know that you read his message. But the same is the case for you when you send a message to someone.
  • This one will not stop read receipts from being sent for group chats.
  • Unfortunately, there is no way to do this on a per chat basis too.

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

However, using the below methods, you can read messages without the sender knowing about them.

Both ways work for individual and group chats. Let’s see them.

Android

Method #1

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

Long press the home screen and choose “Widgets.”

Scroll down to the bottom. You can see all the WhatsApp widgets.

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 see it in the widget.

Method #2

Unlock your Android device.

Slide down once, and you can see the WhatsApp message in the notification.

iPhone

Method #1

Close WhatsApp. Turn on airplane mode. Read the WhatsApp message. Close WhatsApp. Turn off airplane mode.

Method #2

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

How to Mark WhatsApp Chat as Read or Unread

You can mark a chat (group or contact) as read or unread on Android and iPhone. Let’s see how.

What is Mark as Read on WhatsApp?

The “Mark as read” option marks all messages in the chat as read.

You can use this option to mark a message as read without opening the WhatsApp app (applies for Android only) or chat.

Remember that once you mark a message as read, the sender will see “blue ticks” on their side.

Mark as Unread on WhatsApp Means What?

You can use the “mark as unread” option if you wish to go back to a chat later.

When you mark a WhatsApp chat as unread, you’ll see a blank circle in that chat which is a reminder.

Keep in mind that this one has nothing to do with “blue ticks.”

Let’s see the steps to do this task on Android, iPhone, and WhatsApp Web.

Android

Launch WhatsApp app. Select the chat(s) that you want to mark as read or unread.

Tap the three vertical dots at the top.

You’ll see “Mark as unread” (if the selected chat(s) has no unread message). Or “Mark as read” (if the chosen conversation(s) has any unread message or are marked as unread already). Tap it.

Alternate Way to Mark as Read

You’ll see a notification when you receive a WhatsApp message. Tap the “Mark as read” option in that.

See: How to Customize WhatsApp Notification Sound and Ringtone

iPhone

Open WhatsApp. Tap “Chats” at the bottom if you’re not in it.

Slide the chat you want to mark as read or unread to the right side completely.

Note that the conversation will be marked as read if it has any unread message or is marked as unread already. Otherwise, it’ll be marked as unread.

Alternative Ways

Method #1

Slide the chat you want to mark as read or unread to the right.

You can now view “Unread” (if that chat has no unread message) or “Read” (if that conversation has any unread message or is marked as unread already). Tap it.

Method #2

Long press the chat you like.

You’ll view “Mark as Unread” (if that chat has no unread message) or “Mark as Read” (if that conversation has any unread message or is marked as unread already). Tap it.

WhatsApp Web

On the left sidebar, hover the mouse over the chat you prefer and hit the down arrow. Or right-click on the conversation you like.

Beneath Pin chat, you can see Mark as read or Mark as unread.

Select it, and that’s all.

Here’s an alternate method:

Open the chat you prefer to mark as read or unread. Press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + U.

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