How to Let Senders Know You Have Read Their iMessage on iPhone

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

Read receipts notify the senders of iMessages when the recipient reads the message. This is either great or evil depending on your perspective. My colleague and his wife both have read receipts turned on on their phones. That way if a timely iMessage doesn't get read right away, they can call each other instead. Other people prefer that the senders of messages not get notified. That way there is no pressure for an immediate reply. Whichever camp you fall in, you'll need to know how to to turn read receipts on or off.

Related: How to Read a Message without Triggering a Read Receipt

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*This tip covers how to turn read receipts on and off for all of your iMessages, but you can also turn on read receipts for specific conversations only. Check out our tip on that here.

How to Turn Read Receipts On or Off

  • Open the Settings app.

  • Tap Messages

  • Toggle Send Read Receipts on to let senders know you’ve read their iMessage.

  • Toggle Send Read Receipts off to turn the notification off.

Now you control whether senders know you've read their messages or not.

 

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.