Have you ever wondered if someone has read your text message but is ignoring it? In this age of constant connection, it can often be difficult to tell if someone is just busy or leaving you behind. Fortunately, technology is here to the rescue; there are some ways to find out the truth about whether your message has been read.
How to tell if someone read your text
Let’s break down the two main telephony software platforms’ methods: Apple’s iOS on the iPhone and Android for Google phones.
With the iPhone, there is only one way to see when other people have seen your messages: that person needs to have “read receipts” activated on their phone and they both need to use the iPhone iMessage.
Open Settings on your phone.
Navigate to Messages.
You’ll find Send read receipts in the middle of the list of options in the Messages section. Here you can enable or disable it.
Now people will see when you’ve read their iMessage.
However, that doesn’t really help you find out if someone else has read a text message you sent. If you’re using an iPhone and you want to see if someone read your text message, you need to use iMessage to send the text. The person also needs to use an iPhone and the stipulation that they must have the option to send read receipts enabled.
So if you text a friend, family member or colleague with an Android phone, even if you do it through the iMessage app, there is no way to know if your message has been seen or not unless they both activate the read receipt option. That can definitely be frustrating, but maybe it’s better not to know if you’ve been “dropped off” or not.
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The situation can be similar when it comes to Android phones. The Android Messages application that comes with your phone supports reading receipts, although whether your operator has enabled it or not depends on them. If so, just like with iMessages, you will have to text someone who has the same app and read the receipts enabled on their phone.
The process to enable or disable read receipts varies depending on the manufacturer (for example, HTC, LG, or Samsung) and the version of Android you are running. Still, in general, the process looks like this:
The following instructions should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.
From within the text messaging app, open Settings. Sometimes settings are hidden behind three vertical dots or lines at the top of the screen; tap those dots or lines to show a hidden menu.
Navigate to Text Messages or Conversations. You may be on the first page that appears or you may have to touch More Settings on some phone models before it appears.
Turn Read Receipts On or Off, Send Read Receipts, or Request Receipts depending on your phone and what you want to do. Typically this is done by sliding the button to the left so that the entire button and slider are grayed out. You can activate or deactivate delivery notes (these indicate whether your text message has passed successfully or not, not whether it has been read or not).how to know if a text message was read on iPhone. You are now in full control.
Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp
Two other popular messaging platforms include the option to send read receipts: Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
There is no official way to disable read receipts with Facebook Messenger, so unless you want to download a third-party app or browser extension, you can tell when someone has seen your message. For example, there is the Facebook Chat Privacy extension for the Chrome browser, which aims to block “seen” and “is typing” notices for messages you send within Messenger.
On the other hand, with WhatsApp, you can choose not to participate in the read receipts feature. To do it:
With WhatsApp open, tap Settings at the bottom.
Turn off Read Receipts to prevent the other person from knowing when you have read the message.
And now they can’t see if you’ve read the message or not.
The Signal app, available for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC, can be set as your default SMS app on stock Android phones like Google’s Pixel. To make that happen:
Start the signal from your Android phone.
Touch the three vertical dots menu in the upper right corner of the screen and select Options.
Touch the SMS and MMS icon.
Activation of SMS delivery reports.
It’s not always possible to see when someone has seen your text, which means that we can’t completely avoid that awkward and uncertain feeling of wondering if they’re avoiding us. However, as long as the person you are sending a message to has read the enabled receipts and is using the same messaging platform as you, it can be done. In all other cases, we recommend that you just assume that you are having an incredibly busy day!