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How to tell if someone read your text

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We are all texting more than calling on our phones. Fortunately, you can set up read receipts for smartphones and messaging apps. Note: Instructions below may vary according to your device’s manufacturer, model, and operating system.

How to tell if someone has read your iPhone message

Apple’s default text messaging app, iMessage, makes it easy to know if your recipient has read your message, with one caveat. Both the sender and recipient must be using iMessages on an iPhone or iPad and have Read Receipts enabled.

When you text someone with Read Receipts turned on, you’ll notice the word “Read” beneath your message and the time it was opened.

To turn on Read Receipts in the iMessage app, click Settings then scroll down and tap Messages. Enable Send Read Receipts. These steps work with Macs and iPads as well.

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Read receipts on your Android

Like iPhone users, Android read receipts require both sender and recipient to use the Android Message app and have the feature enabled. Just a few steps and you are ready to go with read receipts.

In the Message app, click on the three-dot menu at the top of your screen and tap Text Messages or Conversations. If neither option is given, click More Settings.

Depending on your phone model, operating system and cellular provider, you will notice one of the following: Read Receipts, Send Read Receipts or Request Receipt. Turn on the applicable option.

You may also want to choose the alternative Delivery Receipts feature that will notify you when a message is delivered; however, it will not tell you if the person has read the text.

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Facebook Messenger makes it easy

While you must enable read receipts for both Android and iPhone, this feature is enabled by default on Facebook Messenger. If at some point you wish to turn them off, you can’t; however, some workarounds will allow you to send and receive messages without producing a read receipt.

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The first method, called the “Airplane mode trick,” requires you to merely turn off your Wi-Fi and cellular connection to read all received messages. Open the app then turn on Airplane mode (swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap on the plane icon). When you finish reading your messages, force quit the Messenger app.

A second option is the Facebook Chat Privacy extension. Add to the Chrome browser, and all “seen” and “is typing” notices will be blocked.

WhatsApp lets you choose

Since Facebook owns WhatsApp, it’s understandable the application also has built-in read receipts.

Unlike its parent company, you have the opportunity to opt-out of read receipts within the app.

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How do you know when someone views your message in WhatsApp? Look for the check marks:

A single gray check mark indicates a successfully sent message.The appearance of a second gray check mark shows your message was delivered to the recipient’s phone.If the recipient has viewed your message, the two check marks will turn blue (Press and hold on the message to see the time it was viewed).

To turn off this feature, click Settings and tap Account. Choose the Privacy option and disable Read Receipts.

This method will not turn off Read Receipts in your WhatsApp Group Chats or Play Receipts for your WhatsApp voice messages.

Once you have your read receipts enabled on all your apps, you will no longer have to wonder or worry about whether a recipient has viewed your message. All you have to ask now is did (s)he actually read it? But that’s another story.

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