How to Turn Off Read Receipt on Android

Charlotte Daniels

Android, Tutorials

Are you tired of people knowing when you’ve read their messages on your Android device? If so, you’re in luck!

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the steps to turn off read receipts on Android. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to maintain your privacy and prevent others from knowing when you’ve read their messages.

What are Read Receipts?

Read receipts are a feature that allows the sender of a message to know whether or not the recipient has read their message. When enabled, a small notification is sent back to the sender indicating that the message has been seen by the recipient. While this feature can be useful in certain situations, it can also invade your privacy or create unnecessary pressure to respond immediately.

Step 1: Open the Messaging App

To begin, locate and open your preferred messaging app on your Android device. This can vary depending on the manufacturer and model of your phone. Common examples include Messages, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or Hangouts.

Step 2: Access Settings

Once you have opened the messaging app, look for the settings menu. This is typically represented by three vertical dots or lines in the top-right corner of the screen. Tap on this icon to access the settings options for your messaging app.

Step 3: Find Privacy Settings

In the settings menu, search for an option related to privacy or message notifications. The exact wording may differ depending on your messaging app.

Look for options such as “Privacy,” “Notifications,” or “Advanced Settings. “


  • If you’re using WhatsApp, navigate to Settings > Account > Privacy.
  • If you’re using Facebook Messenger, go to Settings > Privacy.
  • If you’re using Hangouts, tap on Settings > SMS.

Step 4: Disable Read Receipts

Once you’ve found the privacy settings, search for an option to disable read receipts. This is often labeled as “Read Receipts” or “Send Read Receipts.” Toggle this option to the off position to disable read receipts.

Note: The location and wording of this option may vary depending on your messaging app.

Step 5: Save Changes and Exit

After disabling read receipts, ensure that you save any changes made in the settings menu. This is typically done by tapping a “Save” or “Apply” button located at the top or bottom of the screen. Once saved, exit the settings menu and return to your messaging app.


  • In WhatsApp, there might not be a specific toggle for read receipts. Instead, disabling “Read Receipts” also affects your ability to see if others have read your messages.
  • In Facebook Messenger, the setting might be labeled as “Allow Read Receipts.

  • In Hangouts, there might not be an option to disable read receipts. You can try using alternative messaging apps that offer this feature.

Congratulations! You have successfully turned off read receipts on your Android device. From now on, others will no longer be able to see when you’ve read their messages.

Note: Disabling read receipts will also prevent you from seeing if others have read your messages in some apps.


Being able to turn off read receipts on Android can provide you with more control over your privacy and communication. By following the simple steps outlined in this tutorial, you can enjoy a more discreet messaging experience. Remember to explore the settings of your specific messaging app as the location and wording of options may vary.

Now that you know how to disable read receipts, go ahead and enjoy your newfound privacy!

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