How to Stop Sharing Read Receipts in iMessage

Are you obligated to reply to read receipts? This article will show you how to disable read receipts in iMessage so that you can reply at yoStop Sharing Read Receipts in iMessageur own pace.

You probably don’t like read receipts if you have ever been in a situation where you don’t want others to know that you saw their last message. The read receipt is a feature available on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and email clients like Outlook. It also lets the sender know if they have opened their message.

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Fortunately, the feature can be disabled in most apps. Here’s how to disable read receipt if using Apple’s iMessage app for iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch.

Stop Sharing Read Receipts in iMessage

For iMessages, Turn Off All Read Receipts

To disable read receipts for the iPhone or iPad, navigate Settings > Messages then scroll down to send Read Receipts. To deactivate read receipts, you can flip the switch. You can’t see if other people have read your messages unless you turn them off.

You can also modify this setting if you use the Messages app for Mac by opening the app and choosing Messages > Preferences iMessage. Clear the box next Send receipts.

The default setting for the Apple Watch’s Messages app is to mirror the iPhone’s preferences. To activate or deactivate the read receipts on the Apple Watch, you will need to open the Watch iPhone app and navigate to My Watch > messages. Next, change from Mirror iPhone to Custom. Finally, specify your Apple Watch SMS preferences.

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For iMessages, selectively turn off receipts

You can also turn on or off read receipts in Messages for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Mac for specific conversations.

Open the Messengers app on your iPhone or iPad. Start a conversation with the person you do not want to send read receipts. You’ll need to create a conversation if you don’t already have one to access this feature. Next, tap on the profile portrait at top of screen and change Send read receipts off.

Select a conversation from Messages or one of your pinned conversations . Then, click the Info button in the upper-right corner. To activate or deactivate this feature, click the box beside Send Receipts.

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iMessages Privacy Protection

While read receipts can be useful, they also come with a risk to privacy. The Messages app for iPhone or Mac allows you to toggle between reading receipts and turning on only those contacts you trust. Do you use WhatsApp as well? Next, learn how to disable WhatsApp read receipts.

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