Have you ever wondered if someone received and read your text message? In this age of constant connections, it’s hard to tell if someone is busy, dumbfounded or just didn’t see your post.

Here are a few different ways to find out if your message has been read in the Messages app on your iPhone or Android smartphone, or via Messenger and whatsapp .

These instructions apply to all Android and iPhone users who send texts using Messages, WhatsApp, or Messenger.

Read receipts on iPhone

There is only one way to know if someone has read your message from iPhone. Both of you must be using iMessage, and the recipient must have read receipts enabled on their iOS device.

native Appendix » Messages» on iPhone allows users to send read receipts. If you select this option, everyone who sends you a message will see the time you opened (and presumably read) your message. If you’re sending an SMS message to someone with read receipts activated, you’ll see » Reading» and the opening time of your message.

Here’s how to enable read receipts in the iPhone Messages app:

  1. Open Settings .

  2. Go to messages (green icon with a white text bubble inside it).

  3. Turn on toggle switch sending reads .

    The Settings icon, Messages button, and Send Checks switch are all set to ON.
  4. Others will now see when you read their messages.

Activating read receipts doesn’t help if you want to know if the recipient received your message. If that person hasn’t activated read receipts, there’s no way to know if they’ve opened and read your message.

Read receipts on Android smartphones

A similar situation on Android phones . The Android Messages app supports read receipts, but the operator must also support this feature. Your recipient must read the receipts activated for you to see if they have read your message.

Here is how to enable read receipts on Android phones;

The instructions below should apply regardless of who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc. However, there may be slight differences depending on the version of Android.

  1. In the text messaging app, open » Settings» . If you don’t see Settings tap the three vertical dots or lines at the top of the screen.

  2. Switch to chat features , text messages or conversations . If this option is not on the first page displayed, click » Additional settings» .

    Three Samsung Android screens with
  3. Turn on or off switches » Reading receipts» » Submit Reading Receipts» or » Receipt Request» in depending on your phone and what you want to do.

  4. Optional: Enable receipts about delivery, to see if your text message has been delivered to the recipient. (This setting does not tell you if the message has been read.) On newer phones, open the Messages app: » Settings» > » Additionally» > » Get SMS delivery reports» .

    Delivery reports enabled on text and multimedia message screens on Android
  5. close screens settings .

Facebook Messenger read receipts

There is no official way on Facebook Messenger disable read receipts, so unless you download a third-party app or browser extension, you can always tell when someone has viewed your message.

The Unsee for Facebook Chrome extension blocks the visible feature for messages sent from Messenger.

Reading whatsapp receipts

whatsapp uses built-in read checks. When someone sends a message, a single gray check mark appears when the message was successfully sent over the network. When the message reaches the recipient’s service, a second gray checkmark appears. After the person reads the message (meaning the message is open), both checkmarks turn blue and function as a read receipt.

Reading receipts is a two-way street. If you turn them off so others don’t know you’re reading their messages, you won’t be able to tell when they’ll read yours.

You cannot turn off read receipts in group messages on WhatsApp.

To stop reading receipts on WhatsApp:

  1. Open WhatsApp and click » Settings» in the three-dot menu in the upper right corner.

  2. Click Account .

  3. Click Confidentiality .

  4. Disable toggle switch » Reading receipts, so that the other person does not know when you have read the message.

    Account, Settings, Privacy and Receipt Reader included in WhatsApp on iOS
  5. close settings .

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