Recently, WhatsApp quietly introduced a new feature that lets users know that their messages have been read, with the double grey ticks appearing in front of the messages turning blue.
And now, just as quietly, the mobile messaging service is letting users of its Android app disable the feature with the rollout of WhatsApp version 2.11.444.
This feature however doesn’t apply to group messages and will let other participants know when you’ve read a message. Also, once you disable this feature, you won’t be able to view blue double-check marks when you send a message as well.
The feature that enabled the users to see when their messages were read didn’t go down too well with the users and with this update, WhatsApp seems to be taking steps to please users who were not happy with the new feature.
Here’s how you can disable the blue coloured read receipts’ with the message timestamp on WhatsApp’s Android app:
- Make sure your Whatsapp is of version 11.444 or higher, if not you have to update it.
- Launch your Whatsapp and tap on navigation key placed at upper right corner.
- Go to Settings
- Go to Account
- Go to Privacy.
- You will find “Read receipts”, just uncheck it.