How to mark Whatsapp Messages as Unread

How to mark Whatsapp Messages as Unread

It's undeniable that Whatsapp has caused many rows with spouses, family and friends with its double blue tick sign which indicates that you have read a sent message. Sometimes however, you are busy, avoiding a situation and just don’t want people to know that you have read their messages.

Luckily for you, Watsaap has a setting where you can hide the fact that you have read any messages, this is also know as disabling read receipts. Instead of appearing as two blue ticks (which mean read), the ticks will remain gray, as if unread. For more, here is our step-by-step on how to mark Whatsapp messages as unread.

Steps to follow:

Before explaining how to disable read receipts, it is important to understand the Watsaap tick system on:

  • One grey tick next to your message means the message has sent successfully.
  • Two grey ticks next to your message means the message has delivered.
  • Two blue ticks next to your message means the message has been read.

By marking your messages as unread, the person sending the messages will no longer see blue ticks when you have read messages, but instead, the two grey ticks that mean delivered will remain.

This is a useful tool for times when you can't answer a message even if you are avoiding someone but still want to know what the sent messages say.


In order to do this you need to download Watsaap’s latest version, 2.11.444, from the official Watsaap website.

Once you have downloaded this on your Android Phone, the steps to disable read receipts is simple:

  1. Open Watsaap and tap on the three verticle dots on the top right hand side.
  2. Go to Settings - Account - Privacy.
  3. Uncheck the box next to Read Receipts.

It is important to note that even though the person will not know if you have read their sent messages, they might know you have been online due to the ‘‘last seen,’’ status. To disable this too, you can take a look at our article on how to hide Watsaap last seen on iPhone.

Now you know how to mark Whatsapp messages as unread by disabling read receipts, you may also want to know some other of Whatsapp's features:

  • How to make free calls on Whatsapp
  • How to install Whatsapp on an Android Tablet
  • How to delete a message on Whatsapp beore read
  • How to change a Whatsapp group administrator

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