How to Turn Off Read Receipts on Android

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

Are you tired of people knowing when you have read their messages on Android? Read receipts can sometimes be a nuisance, especially if you want to maintain your privacy or simply don’t want others to know when you have seen their messages.

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to turn off read receipts on Android. So, let’s get started!

Step 1: Open the Messaging App

The first step is to open the messaging app on your Android device. This can vary depending on the brand and model of your phone, but generally, you can find it in your app drawer or on your home screen.

Step 2: Access the Settings

Once you have opened the messaging app, look for the settings menu. You can usually find it by tapping on the three-dot menu icon or by pressing the settings gear icon.


If your messaging app does not have a settings menu, try long-pressing on a conversation or tapping on the profile picture of a contact to access individual chat settings.

Step 3: Locate Read Receipts Option

In the settings menu, scroll down and look for an option called “Read Receipts.” This option might be located under a privacy or chat settings section.

  • Bold Text: Read Receipts

If you are unable to find this option in your messaging app’s settings, it is possible that your device does not support turning off read receipts natively. In such cases, there might be alternative messaging apps available in the Google Play Store that allow for more customization.

Step 4: Disable Read Receipts

Once you have located the “Read Receipts” option, tap on it to access the toggle or checkbox. By default, read receipts are usually enabled. Simply disable the toggle or uncheck the box to turn off read receipts.

Underlined Text: Make sure to save your changes by tapping on the “Save” or “Apply” button in the settings menu.

Step 5: Verify Read Receipts are Turned Off

To verify that read receipts have been successfully turned off, open a conversation with a contact and send them a message. Once they have received it, ask them if they can see whether you have read their message or not.

If they cannot see your read status, then congratulations! You have successfully turned off read receipts on your Android device.

Turning off read receipts gives you more control over your privacy and allows you to respond to messages at your own pace without feeling obligated to reply immediately. Remember that disabling read receipts also means that you won’t be able to see if others have read your messages.

In conclusion,

we hope this tutorial has helped you in turning off read receipts on Android. By following these steps, you can regain your privacy and choose when to respond to messages without others knowing when you have seen them.

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