When it first came out, WhatsApp was being dubbed as the cross-platform sibling of BlackBerry Messenger but unlike the latter, WhatsApp didn’t show you when your message had been read. However that has all changed with WhatsApp now displaying 2 blue ticks when your message has been read.
WhatsApp have updated their FAQ section and say:
What are those check marks next to my messages?
Check marks will appear next to each message you send. Here is what each one indicates:
message successfully sent.
message successfully delivered to the recipient’s phone.
the recipient has read your message.
In a group chat, the second check marks will appear when all participants in the group have received your message. The two blue check marks will appear when all participants in the group have read your message.
The Message Info screen shows you who has seen your message and when.
You only see a single check mark next to your message, there is likely nothing wrong with WhatsApp or your phone. There may be several reasons why your message has been sent, but not delivered to your chat partner:
- Their phone might be off.
- They could be sleeping, especially if they live in a different time zone.
- They might be experiencing network connection issues.
- They might have seen the notification on their screen, but did not launch the app (especially common if the recipient uses an iPhone).
- They might have blocked you. For more information read this article.
So that confirms it then – WhatsApp have finally introduced the ability to see when your message has been read. Whilst this may prove useful for some people, it could also lead to trolling and stalking. One of the side it is good to know when a message has been read but on the other side, do you want someone to know when you’ve read their message but don’t want to reply?
Have you started seeing these indicators in WhatsApp on your device? Do you think it’s useful? Let us know your views in the comments below.