I remember having an argument with a contributor to MOBILITY blog many months ago over what the check marks in WhatsApp messages mean. Regardless of what I said, she insisted that a single check mark meant that a message had been delivered to the recipient and a double check mark meant that it had been read by same. In exasperation, I finally gave up and let her be.
At another time, I also ran into issues with a girlfriend who flared up because I didn’t respond to her WhatsApp messages. According to her, I was reading the messages but not responding. Coming from a BlackBerry background, she insisted that the double check marks meant that I had read the messages. I gave up on her too. I give up a lot; right? Yeah; last time I checked, life as short…
Anyway, here is what those WhatsApp message check marks really mean:
- Single check mark – this means your message was successfully delivered to the WhatsApp server.
- Double check marks – this means your message was successfully delivered to the phone of your chat partner.
- Blue double check marks – this means that your message has been read by the recipient.
As at the time of initial publishing of this article in 2013, WhatsApp did not indicate that the message you sent was read; just that it was delivered. Eventually, though, much later, blue double check marks were added to indicate when your message was read.
Besides that, that your contact appears as online does not mean that he or she has read your messages either. If your contact has the app open but the phone is lying on the desk idle, they would appear online to you and you would be wrong to think that they have seen your message.
Here are answers to some of the most common questions asked about WhatsApp messages.
What does a double check mean on WhatsApp?
A single grey tick means it’s been sent successfully, a double grey tick means it has been delivered to the other person’s phone. When you see a double blue ticks, that is a Read Receipt, indicating that the message you sent has been read by the recipient.
How can you tell if your WhatsApp message has been read?
You know your WhatsApp message has been read only if you see a double check mark.
Why do some WhatsApp ticks not turn blue?
If your WhatsApp messages to someone never turns blue, that means the individual has turned off Read Receipts on their WhatsApp. They do not want people to know when their messages are read. This can be for a number of reasons for their convenience and is not a good or bad thing.
How do you turn off read receipts on WhatsApp?
If you would like to explore the feature yourself, in your WhatsApp, go to: Settings -> Account -> Privacy -> Read Receipts. Enable or disable it as you please. Note that if you turn off Read Receipts, you will also be unable to see read receipts from other people. Fair’s fair.
Do double GREY ticks on the WhatsApp mean the person is online?
No, seeing double grey ticks does not mean that the other person is online. It only means that your message has been delivered to their phone. The individual might ven be sleeping or driving at the time.
When someone blocks you on WhatsApp does their picture disappear?
If someone has blocked you on WhatsApp, you will be unable to see their profile picture. All you will see is WhatsApp’s default profile image.
What happens if someone blocked you on WhatsApp?
If someone has blocked you, you won’t be able to tell whether they are online or when last they came online by looking at their profile. The status area under their name in the chat page will appear blank. You also will no longer see their profile picture. And if you send them any messages, the message will display a single tick, indicating that it has been sent. That single tick won’t change to a double tick. In other words, your message doesn’t get to them.
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.