How To Turn Off Read Receipts On WhatsApp: A Step-By-Step Guide

Having to respond right away when someone messages you on WhatsApp isn’t a necessity, but if you have read receipts on, you may feel pressured to reply to them instead of leaving them hanging.

With the read receipt feature enabled, it can be hard to take your time and craft a thoughtful response. Fortunately, there’s an easy way you can turn off read receipts so that you can reply at your own leisure – here’s how.

WhatsApp Read Receipts

WhatsApp read receipts are a great tool for staying connected with your friends, family and colleagues.

They can be used in various ways depending on the context of the conversation you’re having. It is important to understand how they work so that you can use them effectively.

Turning off read receipts is easy enough – here’s how to do so.

How to Turn Off WhatsApp Read Receipts on Android and iOS Devices

The read receipt feature has been a great addition to make sure you know that your messages are seen by the intended audience.

However, not everyone may want this kind of transparency in their conversations and hence, they might be looking for a way to turn off WhatsApp read receipts on their device.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open WhatsApp on your device and tap on the three vertical dots present at the top right corner. This will open up an options menu which you need to scroll down until you find Settings.
  2. Now go into Settings > Account followed by Privacy.
  3. Step 3: Under privacy, you should see ‘Read Receipts’ with a checkbox next to it. Uncheck this box and hit OK when prompted by WhatsApp about disabling Read Receipts.

That’s all! From now onward, no matter whomsoever you message or whatever group chat you enter, none of them will get any notification if and when someone reads their messages.

Also, keep in mind that just like before, those who have already enabled Read Receipts won’t be able to tell whether or not people have read their messages once they’ve sent them out after turning off Read Receipts from here onwards.

Advantages of Turning Off Read Receipts on WhatsApp

Read receipts are an incredibly convenient way to know if your messages have been seen or not.

However, turning off read receipts on messaging apps like WhatsApp can be beneficial in a variety of ways.

Here are some advantages that you can experience when you decide to turn off read receipts:

More control over privacy

When it comes to your personal conversations, having control over who sees what is important, with privacy and WhatsApp security being paramount for many users.

Turning off read receipts gives you the capability of controlling who knows when and if you’ve seen their message – allowing for more privacy and autonomy with whom and what we choose to share with others.

Reduced Stress Levels

This benefit is twofold; firstly, by preventing people from knowing whether or not you’ve received their message means they cannot expect an immediate response from you – reducing pressure on yourself as well as them!

Secondly, it also prevents people from ‘stalking’ your online behaviour too closely which could lead to anxiety due to feeling like someone is watching too closely what we do online.

Increased Productivity

Having the ability to switch off notifications helps us focus better on tasks at hand without being distracted by incoming messages all the time – thus increasing productivity levels significantly.

This feature allows us take back the reigns when trying to stay productive and avoid unnecessary distractions during work hours or even studying sessions.


In conclusion, there are many advantages that come along with turning off read receipt notifications such as increased digital security/privacy levels, lower stress levels & improved productivity rates overall!

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By day he's an engineer and by night (well, evening or very early morning but night sounds way cooler) Alex runs the Apps UK ship. He has a keen interest in language, fitness & especially social media - he is always on the lookout for the next hot platform.

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