WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms in the world. It is the home to over two billion users who share 100 billion messages every day. Its importance was reminded to everyone when WhatsApp crashed day before yesterday and it left users confused and frustrated – the outage lasted for almost 7 hours!
Turn off Blue Ticks
Turning off Blue Ticks will prevent other WhatsApp users from knowing if you have read a message or not. Conversely, you will also not know if a friend has read your message or not. If you are okay with that, here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Open WhatsApp and go to the Settings menu.
Step 2: Go to the Account option then go to the Privacy option.
Step 3: Toggle off the Read Receipts button.
Step 4: Tap on the Last Seen button on top.
Step 5: Select ‘Nobody’ option’.
This way no one will know when you were last active on WhatsApp and if you have read the message or not.
For iPhone users
If you are using a newer iPhone model, there is another trick you can use to read messages in WhatsApp without triggering Blue Ticks. All you need to do is open WhatsApp and long press on the chat whose messages you want to see. On doing so, WhatsApp will open a long dialog box that will give you a glimpse of the most recent conversation. From here, you will also be able to archive the chat, mute it or delete the chat.