A GENIUS WhatsApp trick lets you secretly read messages sent to your iPhone without the sender knowing you've seen them.
Normally, the app shows a pair of blue ticks next to messages to show the recipient has read them – but there's a sneaky way to stop this happening.
Some people avoid "read receipts" using their phone's Airplane Mode.
Switching that on shuts off data so the sender's WhatsApp won't know you've read a text. However, as soon as you turn Airplane Mode off the blue ticks appear – meaning you have to stay offline.
You can also turn off read receipts entirely, but then you won't get to see them from other users, which is frustrating.
Fear not: The Sun has uncovered a method that works even better than both of these tricks – and doesn't require any setting changes.
How to read WhatsApp texts without triggering blue ticks
Most new iPhone models come with a little-known feature called 3D Touch.
The screen has an extra layer of touch sensitivity in it, so by pressing hard on the display, you can bring up new options.
If you tap once on a WhatsApp chat, you'll be taken straight into the messages.
But if you press hard and hold on the WhatsApp chat, you'll get a full-screen preview of what's inside.
WhatsApp – a quick history
Here's what you need to know…
- WhatsApp was created in 2009 by computer programmers Brian Acton and Jan Koum – former employees of Yahoo
- It's one of the most popular messaging services in the world
- Koum came up with the name WhatsApp because it sounded like "what's up"
- After a number of tweaks the app was released with a messaging component in June 2009, with 250,000 active users
- It was originally free but switched to a paid service to avoid growing too fast. Then in 2016, it became free again for all users
- Facebook bought WhatsApp Inc in February 2014 for $19.3billion (£14.64bn)
- The app is particularly popular because all messages are encrypted during transit, shutting out snoopers
- As of January 2018, WhatsApp has over 2billion users globally
This lets you read around a dozen of the latest messages sent in this chat without triggering the WhatsApp blue ticks.
But be careful – if you press too hard, you'll be taken straight into the full chat window, and the blue ticks will appear for the sender.
Once you're done, simply let go and you'll be taken back to the main chat window.
Sadly this only works on specific iPhone models – the following iPhone models support 3D Touch:
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
In other news, hackers could be reading your WhatsApp chats.
The US Navy has warned that TikTok is a ‘cybersecurity threat’.
And, Taxi app Lyft had to apologise after blocking people with ‘rude’ names like ‘D*ck’, ‘Finger’ and ‘Cummings’.
Do you have a favourite WhatsApp trick? Let us know in the comments…
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