What do the ticks mean on WhatsApp? Read Acknowledgments Explained
WhatsApp, the Meta-owned messaging app, is used by billions of people around the world. Here’s what the different checkmarks mean when you talk to your contacts.
WhatsApp is a popular instant messaging service used in several countries, and for many people it is the primary mode of communication between themselves and their family and friends. The Meta-owned app allows users to send images, videos, and even voice messages to each other. However, when a message is sent to a contact, there is a check mark on it which may differ depending on the status of the recipient. Here’s what each tick means.
As mentioned, the app is not just for messaging but also allows users to make voice and video calls. In some countries it can also be used to send/receive money. WhatsApp also has tons of features designed specifically for businesses, such as creating a catalog for their items with images and prices. Shoppers can also add multiple items to a cart before messaging the business.
WhatsApp has three checkmarks when you send a message to a contact. The first is a single gray check mark that appears if the message was successfully sent to the recipient. A gray double tick lets the sender know that the message, which can be a text, photo, video or even a document, has been delivered to the recipient. It can be their phone or one of their linked devices. The last tick is a double blue tick, and when it appears on the sent message, it means that it has been read or seen by the recipient. Although checkmarks are fairly simple, there are situations where things can be different.
When there is no blue tick
The way the tick appears may be different when it’s in a group chat. For example, the double gray tick will only be visible on a sent message when the message has been delivered to all members of the group. On the other hand, the double blue tick will appear when all the participants of the group have seen or read the message. In a situation where the sender or recipient has disabled read receipts under privacy settings, the double blue tick will not appear on a message even after it has been viewed or read by the recipient.
Besides the checkmarks, WhatsApp also has an option that provides more details about a message sent, such as the time it was delivered and the time it was read. First, long press on the sent message to check those details. Next, select the overflow button in the upper left corner (the vertically stacked dots) and select Info. A menu showing the time the message was delivered to the recipient and when it was viewed or read should be visible. If the recipient has read receipts turned off, only the time the message was delivered will be visible.
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