WhatsApp message check marks: What they mean

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…

WhatsApp Delivery Notifications

Anyway, here is what those WhatsApp message check marks really mean:

  1. Single check mark – this means your message was successfully delivered to the WhatsApp server.
  2. Double check mark – this means your message was successfully delivered to the phone of your chat partner.

WhatsApp does not indicate that the message you sent was read; just that it was delivered. Also, 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.

Back to the meat of this article, Doubting Thomases can check out this direct FAQ link to the WhatsApp website:What are those check marks next to my messages?. Now you know.

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

0 thoughts on “WhatsApp message check marks: What they mean

  • August 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Na so. How’s preparation for mobility towers sir? I’m waiting patiently o!

  • August 13, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Single check means message sent and double check means message delivered Period

  • August 14, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I thought as much, cos I’ve had to on countless tyms b blamed or do d blaming for ignoring whatsapp msgs.U jus cleared d air..

  • August 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    You will know the truth and it will liberate you!!! *liberating moment*

  • August 16, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Very important tips,I have always thot d same way ur grlfrds did

  • August 19, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Thanks Mr. Mo. for this. It’s amazing I didn’t actually know this before now though I’ve pondered on it. And I’m actually very quick to “do a Google” as a question crosses my mind.

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