Whatsapp quietly rolls out update to enable read receipts


Whatsapp today pushed out a new server-side functionality for their app, which will let senders know if the recipient has read their message or not. Until now, Whatsapp only used to denote via a single and double check marks whether the message has been sucessfully sent and received or not. 

Henceforth though, it will now display the double check marks in blue if the sent message has been read by the recipient. This is a server side feature and will be automatically rolled out to the 600 milions+ Whatsapp users over the coming few days. Whatsapp has also updated its FAQ to reflect the changes.


Twitter user Varun Agarwal was one of the first Whatsapp user to report the change:

There is currently no setting available to disable the read receipts, which may not go down well with some users.

In other Whatsapp related news, icons, sounds and the primary call UI that will be seemingly used by the company for its upcoming VOIP service has also leaked online courtesy of Droidap.nl.

The icons shown in the image below for “Missed calls,” “Start call,” “End Call,” “Incoming and Outgoing calls” and “New call.” While the leaked icons are from an Android version of the app, the company will presumably use them in the iPhone version of the app as well. The notification sound for the VOIP call has also leaked and can be heard here.


It was only late last month that Whatsapp’s CEO revealed that the company’s VOIP service has been delayed until next year because of some technical issues.