We’ve all at one point experienced the frustration and insecurity that comes with feeling ignored by one of our contacts on the instant messaging app, Whatsapp. Although it might seem obvious when one is being ignored, it’s not so easy since WhatsApp introduced new privacy features on the platform that allow users to hide their visibility.

One of the primary features that WhatsApp introduced is the read receipt option which ensures that the receivers can read messages sent to them without alerting beady-eyed senders whether their message was read.

However, there is a trick to work around this feature to know if the message is read even with blue ticks turned off. What’s more? The receiver would not even come to know if you are able to see if the messages you sent are being read or not.

So here is a quick and easy way of knowing whether you are being ignored or your paranoid mind is assuming you are being ignored when in fact you are not.

1. First things first, to turn on or off the read receipt option, open WhatsApp, go to Settings option, tap on Privacy and toggle between the Read Receipts header.

Under the option, you will see a disclaimer by WhatsApp which reads: “If you turn off read receipts, you won’t be able to see read receipts from other people. Read receipts are always set for group chats.”

Despite the read receipts being disabled, the voice notes sent over personal chats do not support the feature of blue ticks tuned off. So, every time you send a voice clip over, you will be able to see its ticks turn blue once the receiver hears it. This trick is useful to know if your messages are being received or not, but it can prove to be extremely annoying after a while.

You can even long-press the voice clip message and go to its Info to know the time it was read at. Note, the voice clip message will only show blue ticks after it has been heard by the other person.

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