Did my text pass? How to activate read receipts on all your applications.
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When it comes to texting, it’s good to know if your message got through and if the person read it.
On an iPhone
Apple’s default text messaging app, iMessage, makes it easy to tell if your recipient has read your message. There is a caveat. Both sender and recipient must be using iMessages on an iPhone or iPad and have delivery receipts enabled.
When you text someone with read receipts turned on, you’ll notice the word “Read” below your message and the time it was opened.
To activate your read receipts in the iMessage app, click Settings, scroll down and press messages. Activate Send read receipts. These steps also work with Macs and iPads.
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On an Android
Like iPhone users, Android read receipts require both the sender and the recipient to activate the feature. Instructions may vary depending on the manufacturer, model, and operating system of your device.
First, open your Messages app and go to settings. Depending on your phone model, operating system, and cellular service provider, you may notice any of the following: read receipts, send read receipts, or request a receipt. Activate the applicable option.
On a Samsung phone go to messages > Menu > Settings > Chat Settings. Here you can activate read receipts.
In Google Messages, open messages. Press the three-dot menu (More)> Settings > To discuss characteristics. Faucet Send read receipts.
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And Facebook ?
Read receipts are enabled by default in Facebook Messenger. If you want to turn them off at some point, sorry Charlie. You can not. A sneaky workaround allows you to read the messages without producing a read receipt.
Simply turn off your Wi-Fi and cellular connection to read all received messages. Open the app, then turn on Airplane mode. When you have finished reading your messages, force quit the Messenger application.
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WhatsApp lets you choose
Unlike its parent company Facebook, you can turn off read receipts in WhatsApp.
How do you know when someone sees your message using WhatsApp? Look for the check marks:
• A single gray check mark indicates a message sent successfully.
• The appearance of a second gray check mark indicates that your message has been delivered to the recipient’s phone.
• The two check marks will turn blue if the recipient has seen your message.
To turn off this feature, click Settings and press Account. Choose the Private life option and disable Read receipts.
With your read receipts enabled across all of your apps, you won’t have to wonder or worry about whether someone has seen your message.
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