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Monday, 22 December 2014

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.

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?”

At present this new version is available in beta form and only for Android based mobile phones. You can download it from WhatsApp website. Because this is beta version, you’ll need to manually install it on your phone. Your phone must have Android 2.1 or above. Here are the steps to install this new version:

  1. Open your current WhatsApp in your phone. Go to Settings and enable ‘Download from Unknown Sources’.
  2. Go to WhatsApp website and download the WhatsApp version 2.11.448 APK file
  3. After download, install this version of app to your phone
  4. Open WhatsApp and again go to Settings > Account > Privacy
  5. Here disable the Read Receipts option. It will disable the blue ticks in your WhatsApp messages.

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.

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