How to Turn on Read Receipts on Android

Kyle Wood

Android, Tutorials

How to Turn on Read Receipts on Android

Read receipts are a handy feature that allows you to know when the recipient of your message has read it. This can be particularly useful when you want to ensure that important messages have been received and acknowledged. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to turn on read receipts on your Android device.

Step 1: Open the Messaging App

To begin, locate and open the messaging app on your Android device. This can vary depending on the make and model of your phone, but it is typically represented by an icon with speech bubbles.

Step 2: Access Settings

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

Step 3: Find Message Options

In the settings menu, navigate to “Message Options” or a similar option that relates to message settings. This is where you will find various customization options for your messages.

Step 4: Enable Read Receipts

In the message options menu, look for an option that says “Read Receipts” or something similar. It may be under a separate subheading like “Advanced Settings.” Enable this option by tapping on the toggle switch next to it.

Note: Keep in mind that enabling read receipts means that others will also be able to see when you have read their messages.

Step 5: Confirm Activation

After enabling read receipts, exit the settings menu and return to your messaging app. To ensure that read receipts are now active, send a message to someone and wait for them to read it. Once they have read the message, you should see a notification or an indicator that indicates the message has been read.

Important: Not all messaging apps support read receipts. If you do not see this option in your messaging app’s settings, it may not be available for that particular app.


By following these simple steps, you can easily turn on read receipts on your Android device and stay informed about the status of your messages. Remember to consider the privacy implications of enabling this feature and use it responsibly.

Quick Recap:

  1. Open the messaging app
  2. Access the settings menu
  3. Navigate to “Message Options”
  4. Enable “Read Receipts”
  5. Confirm activation by sending a message

We hope this tutorial has helped you learn how to enable read receipts on Android. Stay connected!

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