#FridayHacks: Say Bye-bye to WhatsApp's Blue Ticks

WHEN WhatsApp upgraded its messaging features to blue ticks from the grey in 2015, most Zimbabweans found it convenient whereas others saw the update bothersome.
To those pursuing arrears and others dealing with fidelity issues, the blue ticks meant that their messages could not be ignored.

By Kudakwashe Pembere

On the other hand the debtors and infidels’s alibi found that feature annoying.

This is all in the name of ‘trust issues’.
The grey ticks mean that a message has been delivered but not read while the blue ones entail that it has been delivered and read. With the blue tick marks, it’s now easier to keep track of a conversation on WhatsApp.

Note that once you disable this feature, you won’t be able to see the double blue check marks when you send a message as well.
And should you want to remain concealed in the grey ticks leaving your chat mate with the assumption that a message has not been read, here is an early Christmas present.

1. Disable Read Receipts Option

Disabling “Read receipts” option is the probably the easiest method to read a Whatsapp message without notifying the sender. By doing so, you’ll disable the ability of WhatsApp to show blue ticks to the sender that tells them that you’ve read their message. But the downside is that you will not be able to see the double blue check marks when someone has read your message as well. Here’s how to disable it.

  • Open WhatsApp and go to the ‘Settings’ menu
  • Tap on ‘Accounts’ and then on ‘Privacy’.

Untick the ‘Read Receipts’ option

Disable 'read receipt' feature

Disable ‘read receipt’ feature

2. Peep from the Notification Bar

This is another simple method to read WhatsApp message without alerting the sender. Whenever you get a message on WhatsApp, it shows a notification on your notification bar. Simply swipe down the notification area from the top of the screen and you can easily read the complete or partial message from the notification bar without opening the app. The blue ticks show only when you open the app to read messages.


3. Turn Off WiFi/ Mobile Data Connection

Once you get a message don’t open the app immediately, turn off the WiFi or mobile data and this will take WhatsApp offline.

Now go ahead and read the message and you won’t alert the sender since you’ll be reading the message from app cache. To ensure you don’t blow your cover make sure to close WhatsApp app before turning off your WiFi/ mobile data connection.

4. Place WhatsApp Widget to Your Home Screen

Since reading message via widget doesn’t open the app so you can keep the blue ticks from showing up. You can even reply to other messages without having to send read receipts to the sender you wish to ignore. But the problem of this method is you can see text messages and emoticons only, images, videos, and voice notes are not supported.

WhatsApp Widget

WhatsApp Widget

To add the WhatsApp widget to your home screen, tap and hold on a clear area of the screen, then choose Widgets. Keep swiping until you find WhatsApp, tap and hold on the WhatsApp widget, then drag it to where you want it to appear on your home screen.

Should you wonder if your reader has not read your message, it might be that they have disabled the blue ticks.


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