How to Disable WhatsApp Blue Ticks and Read Receipts

Want to hide those light blue tick marks in WhatsApp? Learn how to disable read receipts in WhatsApps to stop your friend from knowing that you’ve read the message. However, there is a trade-off involved in it!


WhatsApp recently launched a new feature that allows the sender of message to know when his message is read by the receiver. This feature was implemented by the way of showing double light blue tick icon in the bottom-right corner of the WhatsApp message bubble. When your WhatsApp message will be read by your friend, the double gray ticks will turn into double blue ticks.

Many people appreciate this read receipt through blue tick marks. Now it has become easier to keep track of a conversation on WhatsApp. However, some users feel it is a privacy breach. If you ask me, I would also agree that the blue ticks are actually a privacy breach. It is more or less the same sort of problem as that of the Last Seen time stamp.

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WhatsApp users are asking, “Is it possible to hide or disable blue tick marks? Is it possible to hide the fact that you’ve read a WhatsApp message? How can I stop my friend from knowing that I have read his message?”

Meaning of WhatsApp Blue Ticks is that your message has been seen by the recipient.
Meaning of WhatsApp Blue Ticks is that your message has been seen by the recipient.



When Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook acquired WhatsApps, he made it sure that an option was provided to hide last seen time. Now a new version of WhatsApp offers a similar option to dismiss and disable the read receipt though blue ticks.

Disable Read Receipt and Stop Blue Ticks
In case you don’t see the option given below, first of all you should update your WhatsApp to the latest version. Most people have already got the option to disable read receipts through automatic app updates. But in case you haven’t, do a manual update to the latest version:


Open your current WhatsApp in your phone. Go to Settings and enable ‘Download from Unknown Sources’.
Go to WhatsApp website and download the WhatsApp version 2.11.448 APK file
After download, install this version of app to your phone

Once you have the latest WhatsApp in your phone, take the following steps to hide read receipts:

Open WhatsApp and again go to Settings > Account > Privacy
Here disable the Read Receipts option. It will disable the blue ticks in your WhatsApp messages.
Disable Read Receipt and Stop Blue Ticks from Appearing in WhatsApp
Disable Read Receipt and Stop Blue Ticks from Appearing in WhatsApp

Disabling blue ticks will ensure that when you read a message on WhatsApp, no information about it is sent to server and then to the sender of the message. The sender will not come to know you’ve seen and read the message.

WhatsApp keep on rolling new features for even better mobile chat experience. Keeping high demand in view, WhatsApp has recently released WhatsApp Web. This option allows you to use WhatsApp on your computer.

The Trade off!
As in case of last seen time stamp status, if you disable Read Receipt in your phone, you’ll also not be able to see read receipt for the messages sent by you. It is a pure give and take. If you want to see blue marks on messages sent by you, then you’ll also have to allow others to see blue ticks when you read their messages. You can not be selective. You can not dictate that I want to trade read receipt with this friend but not with that friend. It is all or none case.

You may also be interested in some very cheeky one line WhatsApp status messages. Also you can learn how to type WhatsApp messages in Hindi language.

I hope this was useful piece of information. Please feel free to comment and ask should you have any questions on this topic. I will be happy to try and help you. Thank you for using TechWelkin!


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