How to See if Someone Read Your Text on iPhone or iPad


This wikiHow teaches you how to see if someone read your text message using iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.

Part 1
Using iMessage

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This is the only way you'll know if they've read your message. If your outgoing messages are blue, the person can receive iMessages. If outgoing messages are green, the person is using a non-iMessage phone or tablet (usually an Android). You won't be able to see when this person has read your messages.

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As long as you and your contact both have enabled this feature, you’ll be able to see when you’ve read each others’ messages. If only you have it on, they'll see when you read their messages, but you won't know when they read yours. Here’s how to turn on read receipts: Open your iPhone’s Settings. Scroll down and tap Messages. Slide the “Send Read Receipts” switch to the On (green) position.

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iMessages are sent over the internet, so make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi or your mobile network. If you’re not online, your message will be sent as a regular SMS and you won’t know when it’s been read.

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It’s a green and white chat bubble icon typically at the bottom of the home screen.

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Make sure you see “iMessage” in the typing area. This means you’re connected to the internet and the person you’re writing can receive iMessages.

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When you send an iMessage, you’ll see the word “Delivered” below when the message has been sent.

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If the recipient has read receipts on, you’ll see “Read” below the message.

Part 2
Using WhatsApp

Using WhatsApp on How to See if Someone Read Your Text on iPhone or iPad

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It’s a green and white chat bubble icon with a white phone receiver inside. If you’re messaging on WhatsApp, read receipts are automatically enabled. This means you can see if someone read your message by default.

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It’s the round blue icon with a white paper airplane inside.

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When you send the message and it hasn’t been delivered, you’ll see a single gray check mark. This means the person you’re writing hasn’t opened WhatsApp since you sent the message. If the person has opened WhatsApp since you sent the message but hasn’t yet opened your message, you’ll see two gray check marks. When the person reads your message, the two check marks will turn blue.

Part 3
Using Facebook Messenger

Using Facebook Messenger on How to See if Someone Read Your Text on iPhone or iPad

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It’s the blue and white chat bubble icon with a sideways lightning bolt inside. You’ll usually find it on the home screen. Messenger is set up to automatically show you when someone has read your message.

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This opens a conversation with that person.

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It’s the blue paper airplane icon at the bottom-right corner of the message.

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A blue check mark in a white circle means you’ve sent the message, but the person has not yet opened Messenger. A white check mark in a blue circle means the person has opened Messenger since you’ve sent the message, but they haven’t read it. When the person’s profile picture appears in a tiny circle below the message, you’ll know the message has been read.