The myth of the double check in WhatsApp has messed with the heads of many users of this IM service to the point of becoming the cause of a psychological syndrome and many, many breakups. Misinterpreting this little symbol has caused more than one romantic quarrel and now it seems the company is testing a new method to avoid such confusion: the double check will appear in blue when your message has actually been read. Problem solved?

Updated (11/05/2014): The latest version of WhatsApp (2.11.43) now officially incorporates this feature, although it may not work on all smartphone models. In other words, a grey check means the message has been sent, two grey checks that it’s been delivered to the recipient, and two blue checks that it’s been read. You can also read here how to avoid these blue ticks. 

Until now, the tick marks accompanying your WhatsApp messages indicated one of two things: one tick to show that the message had been sent to the recipient and two to show it had been correctly delivered, which did not imply it had been read. The myth that the double check=message read eventually became so widespread that the company had to clarify how the ticks actually work on their official Twitter account.

Some users have begun seeing a blue double check alongside the text just like—as of a while ago now—used to occur with voice notes. The change of color meant that the recording had been played and although WhatsApp spokespeople have not yet released statements to the effect, it seems they are now testing this feature in messages.


Since there has not been an official statement, these are just suppositions but other users have also started seeing a double check in group chats where normally only one would appear, meaning everything indicates that WhatsApp is at minimum planning a few changes to appear in coming updates. In fact, the Italian website AndroidWorld has discovered a new file in the WhatsApp APK called “message got read receipt from target”.

While this new feature may end the confusion surrounding the original double-check syndrome, it of course won’t eliminate the problem. How many people do you know who are constantly checking a person’s last connection time or online status? Now you’ll no longer have the excuse that you haven’t read that message.


  1. I Just observed that a particular person on my contact changes blue when we chat, while others gray.. Why is it like that?

    • I personally think that the reason for this is that the contacts that does not turn blue has not updated to the newest version yet.

    • The article says they are testing this feature so that’s why you might see it work sometimes and sometime not. Also, it says you need version 2.11.43.

  2. Anyone know if it’ll be possible to disable this feature? I hate “knowing” if someone has read a message or been online, so it’s great that I can hide my timestamp (and thusly not view other people’s timestamps)… So will there be an option to disable these blue ticks as well then?

  3. This works with some of my contacts but not all. Some contacts have read and replied but the ticks remain grey. Why is that?

  4. Not sure everyone wants others to know if message was read or not, privacy sometimes is a good thing. There are certain times when i do not want anyon to know i have read their message. Liked it the way it was grey ticks only please…

  5. So it still won’t turn blue when the recipient read the message via smartphone’s status bar rather than actual app..

    someone care to test it?

  6. on iphone some chats show blue ticks some others dont, why is that? they can see when i read it but i can see for some conversations.

  7. on Iphone i dont see blue ticks in some chats but they can see when i read it. why is that? why it only works on some chats?

  8. I think the recipient has to have the right version too. Most of my contacts show two blue ticks after they’ve read the message as explained above but some still only show two grey ticks even though I know they’ve read the message because they’ve already replied. I’m guessing they’re not up to date. Please sombody correct me if they know better.

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