Applications like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Apple’s iMessage, offer a read receipt feature that alerts the sender when their messages have been read. Read receipts are a key aspect of messaging app communication. It enables users to determine whether or not their communication was received by the intended receiver. The read receipt function is supported by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage, which all have distinct means of notifying the sender that their messages have been read.
You may turn off read receipts at any time if you choose to keep things more private and don’t want the sender to know when you’ve read their communication. If you keep your read receipts on WhatsApp, for example, when the recipient has seen the message, a blue tick shows next to it. But, here we’ll talk about Messenger.
It’s nice to be able to reply to messages on Facebook Messenger when you want to, but if the other person saw that you read the message, you’ll most likely want to reply to it right away. For example, if you don’t have time to reply to a message right away, and you don’t want the other person to think you’re ignoring it, this ‘problem’ can be solved by disabling confirmation of read messages within Messenger.
Here’s how to do it…
Disable Confirmation of Read Messages Within Messenger on a Windows Computer
If you read Messenger messages via the Facebook website, then you can use an extension called “Social Tools” in Chrome (we took this browser as an example). After installing the extension, click its icon to see all the options it has for you. As you can see, it does a lot more than just disabling read certificates in Messenger, and it does the same thing for Instagram and Facebook.
To disable reading confirmations in Messenger, simply click the gray slider “Block sending Seen to other” below Messenger. While you’re at it, you can also block the typing indicator that lets people know when you’re typing, as well as your active status. Firefox has exactly the same extension, i.e. “Social Tools”, which does the job the same way.
Disable Confirmation of Read Messages Within Messenger on Android Devices
If you have Messenger notifications turned on (you can check this in the “App Information” section), you can read your Facebook messages by swiping down from the top of your device screen. It doesn’t matter if it’s a short or a long message, you’ll still be able to read it. Reading this way doesn’t reveal that you have read the message.
Another way to do this is to log in to Messenger when you’re offline, read the message, and then mark it as unread. To mark it as unread, long-press the conversation in your Messenger inbox, click the 3-line icon, and then tap “Mark as unread”. This is all!
You can use this option to make ads-related messages unread. For example, at the moment you don’t have time to play, say, more and more represented pay-to-play slots coming to your Messenger or sports matches suggested by top betting sites in Uganda (both violate Facebook’s regulations, as does the compensation of users with real money, but they are tolerated).
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