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!
People use WhatsApp constantly and it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that most of them are overloaded with messages on it every day. While some of these messages are the ones that we do want to respond to immediately, while others are the ones we want to skim through. Or at the very least, we don’t want to be under the constant pressure of responding to messages immediately after responding to them.
WhatsApp follows this double tick and Blue tick chronology that enables users to differentiate between a message that has been delivered and a message that has been read. For those who aren’t sure, a single tick means that the message hasn’t been delivered, while a double tick means that a message has been delivered but not read. On the other hand, a double blue tick means that the message has been both delivered and read.
As mentioned before, blue ticks put a lot of pressure on WhatsApp users to respond to messages quickly. But there are several ways using which users can dodge this pressure.
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.