WhatsApp: Here’s How to Turn Off Read Receipts

Stop contacts from knowing you've seen their messages

Did you know that WhatsApp allows you to turn off read receipts so that other users won’t know when you’ve read their messages? Our guide will show you how this is done.

Note: These screenshots were captured in the WhatsApp application on iOS.  Also note: When you turn off read receipts, you won’t be able to see when other users have read your messages, even if they have read receipts turned on. Finally, even if you have read receipts turned off, they will still show up in group chats.

Step 1: Tap “Settings” in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Step 2: Tap “Account.”

Step 3: Tap “Privacy.”

Step 4:  Tap the toggle next to Read Receipts to turn off read receipts in the app.