New WhatsApp feature will allow users to turn off read receipts for voice messages.
I don’t know how often you use voice messages but the only times I’ve received a voice message is when someone was trying to reach me and since they couldn’t they ended up sending me a voice note which sometimes wasn’t welcomed. According to reports iOS users will soon have the luxury of turning off read receipts or blue ticks for voice messages.
WhatsApp will be reportedly rolling out a simple but significant change for users who do not want senders to know if their messages have been read, or in this case, heard. The instant messaging app is now extending the ability to turn off read receipts for voice messages for iPhone users. The change, however minor, still helps a great deal who do not want the sender to know if they have heard their sent voice message.
However, it is not clear if WhatsApp will extend the functionality to Android users and if WhatsApp is going to retain it for iPhone users either since there is no mention of this feature in WhatsApp’s current changelog on the App Store.
Until now, WhatsApp users did not have the option to turn off the blue tick for voice messages.
The steps are the same for turning off the read receipts for messages on WhatsApp.
— Open WhatsApp
— Tap on More or three dots on the upper right-hand side
— Select Settings
— Select Account
— Go to Privacy and Turn off Read receipts
Note that if you turn off WhatsApp blue ticks, you will not be able to see if others have read your messages either, that is, no blue ticks will appear even if a receiver reads your message.
Additional changes that may occur.
Additionally, WhatsApp is also rolling out a new progress bar animation for voice messages. First reported by Mashable, this progress bar jumps to the start automatically once the bar reaches the end of a message. As of now, this animation is only available for iOS 13 and above.
The current changelog on the app store does not however list the feature. WhatsApp is also enabling the possibility to import custom third-party animated stickers in the app. This capability is being rolled out by WhatsApp for users in Brazil, Iran, and Indonesia. The versions compatible with the feature include Android 126.96.36.199 and newer versions, as well as iOS 188.8.131.52 and above.
New privacy policies.
WhatsApp in one of its FAQ notes that you will still be able to accept its new privacy policies after May 15 and get back to using the app with full functionality but there is a caveat to this. Users who do not select Accept before the deadline, your account will be classified as inactive. And inactive accounts are automatically deleted after 120 days.
I think I better deactivate my account soon then.