How to Read a WhatsApp Message Without Triggering the Blue Tick

By Jonathan Zhou, Epoch Times
January 21, 2016 Updated: January 21, 2016

If you ever wanted to read someone’s WhatsApp messages without letting them know that you read it, there’s an easy way to do so.

WhatsApp uses the blue tick to indicate that a message has been read, and a grey tick to indicate that a message has been received. To avoid the blue tick, which was introduced in November 2014, just take these four steps.

  1. When you receive a message, don’t open WhatsApp or swipe way the notification.
  2. Go to Settings, and switch your phone to Airplane Mode, which blocks Cell and WiFi internet.
  3. Open WhatsApp and read the message.
  4. Close WhatsApp and then turn off Airplane Mode.

Although you just read the message, the blue tick won’t be displayed.

WhatsApp is one of the most popular chat apps in the world, and is close to reaching 1 billion users, according to Statista.

Earlier this week, the app dropped its annual fee of $1 and is allowing people to use it for free, planning to earn revenue mainly from its business accounts instead.

“Many WhatsApp users don’t have a debit or credit card number and they worried they’d lose access to their friends and family after their first year. So over the next several weeks, we’ll remove fees from the different versions of our app and WhatsApp will no longer charge you for our service,” CEO Jan Koum wrote in a blog post.