How to Turn off Read Receipts on All Your Social Networks

There’s one feature on a lot of messaging apps that’s one main feature is to basically get you in trouble: read receipts.

While it’s great to be able to know if the person you’re talking to has read your messages, it’s never a benefit to you for others to know this.

“HeĀ clearly saw the message! Why hasn’t he responded?!”

It’s because of sentences like the above, that most people I know have read receipts off on all their supported apps (except maybe my mom). And, sure, while not everyone receiving messages from you will say things like the above, I still struggle to find a positive reason for being the person with read receipts on (Being able to see other peoples’, however? That’s fantastic!).

If you agree with that, then here’s a quick tutorial on how to turn off read receipts on the most popular social networks.


Open the Twitter app.

Open Twitter

Tap your profile picture.

Tap on Profile Picture

Tap on Settings.

Tap on Settings

Tap on Privacy.

Tap Privacy and Safety

Tap on Direct Messages.

Tap Direct Messages

Turn off Read Receipts.

Turn off Read Receipts



Open the WhatsApp app.

Open WhatsApp

Tap on the three dots at the top right.

Tap Three Dots

Tap Settings.

Tap Settings

Tap Account.

Tap Account

Tap Privacy.

Tap Privacy

Turn off Read Receipts.

Turn off Read Receipts


For iMessage on iOS, go to Settings.

Open Settings

Tap on Messages.

Tap on Messages

Under iMessage, turn off Read Receipts.

Turn off Send Read Receipts

Facebook Messenger & Instagram

Facebook and Instagram are a bit more complicated. They don’t actually have options for turning off read receipts, instead, you need to sort of trick them into thinking you never saw the messages by using Airplane Mode. Here’s how.

Turn on Airplane Mode after you received the messages you want to read.

Open Messenger or Instagram.

Go to the messages on either Facebook or Instagram and read them.

Open multitasking (double tap the home button on iOS or tap the multitasking button on Android) and swipe the app away Messenger/Instagram so it closes completely (instead of just going home with the home button as this won’t close it properly).

Turn airplane mode back off and since you didn’t have signal when reading the messages, it should still show them as unread to the other person.

And there you go, no more read receipts and no more getting in trouble for out of habit reading things before you have a chance to reply (not just me that does that, right?). Let me know if this helped you or other tutorials you’d like to see below and don’t forget to follow me on social for more tech news and tech stuff.

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