How to Turn on Read Receipts for Specific Conversations Only

How to Turn on Read Receipts for Specific Conversations Only

In Messages Settings, you can turn Read Receipts on. This sends the person you’re texting a notice when you’ve read a text they’ve sent you. However it’s not always necessary that every single person you talk to know when you’ve read their message. If you’re speaking to your child or a close friend, maybe you want to turn the feature on for just that specific conversation thread but none of your others. The good news? You can. Here’s how to turn on read receipts for specific conversations only.

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

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You’ll do this from within the message thread. So if you’re texting a friend and you want them to know when you’ve read the messages, you can turn Read Receipts on for that specific conversation. Or, for example, maybe you’re texting your child and you want them to know when you’ve read their message—whatever the occasion, to do this:

  • Open the message you want to turn Read Receipts on for.
  • Tap the ‘i’ in the upper right corner. It is blue with a blue circle around it.
  • Toggle on Send Read Receipts.

Now that person for that message thread will see when you’ve read one of their text messages. Unfortunately, you cannot turn Send Read Receipts on for group messages. But you can turn Send Read Receipts on for multiple individuals in separate message threads.

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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or watching anime. Her personal blog can be found at connerleecarey.com; you can also follow her on twitter @connerleecarey.