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Three WhatsApp hacks that let you secretly read texts without the sender knowing

WHATSAPP users have a few secret tricks up their sleeves to read texts without the sender knowing.

Whatever the reason, these tips can give users extra time to think up the perfect response to a text.


WhatsApp automatically has the read receipts feature switched on for users – but it can be turned offCredit: Getty

One way of doing this is to hold down the message when it pops up on the locked screen of an Apple iPhone.

The feature, known as ‘super stealth mode’, opens a preview box of the full text as long as you hold your finger on the screen.

The trick bypasses the app completely, meaning the sender will never know it was read.

Another method is to switch off Read Receipts.

WhatsApp automatically has this feature switched on for its 2billion users.

It means that users can see when their message has been read when the two small ticks on the bottom right of the message have turned blue.

To disable this feature, open Settings in the WhatsApp app.

Click Account > Privacy > Reading Receipts > then turn the toggle off.

There is one slight catch, however.

This feature does not work for messages, photos or videos shared in group chats.

Likewise, when someone sends a voice message you can’t avoid the blue ticks even if you have disabled the read receipts option.

A third way is to switch on airplane mode on the iPhone after receiving a message.

Airplane mode cuts off the smartphone’s access to 4G and WiFi, meaning WhatsApp won’t register that the message has been read.

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