How Do People Know That I’ve Read Their Text Messages on My iPhone 5?

Have you ever wondered how someone can tell that you have read one of their text messages? They are able to know this information thanks to something called a “read receipt.” Read receipts have long been a part of email programs like Microsoft Outlook. They enable message senders to receive notification that their intended recipient has read their message. This functionality is part of the Messages app on your iPhone, too, but it is something that you can choose to turn on or off, based on your own preferences.

Our tutorial below will show you how to change this setting on your iPhone so that people are no longer able to tell when a message that they sent to you has been read.

 

Adjusting the Read Receipt Setting in iOS 9

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 5, in iOS 9.3. This step is going to turn off the Read Receipt option for the Messages app. This means that people will no longer be able to tell if you have read a text message that they have sent.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

how to people know i read their text messages - step 1

 

 

Step 2: Scroll down to select the Messages option.

stop sending read receipts from iphone 5 - step 2

 

 

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Send Read Receipts to turn it off. The setting is turned off when there is no green shading around the button. It is turned off in the picture below.

how do people know I read their text messages on my iphone - step 3

 

 

Now your message contacts will no longer be able to see that a message has been read.

You have probably noticed that you occasionally see a character count when typing a text message, but that it isn’t shown for every message. This article – https://www.solveyourtech.com/why-is-the-character-count-only-showing-for-some-text-messages-on-my-iphone-6/ – will explain which messages require a character count, as well as how you can stop it from displaying at all.

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