Blue tick on What­sApp: Your msg has been read

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What­sApp just made duck­ing a text im­pos­si­ble!

The mes­sag­ing ser­vice has in­tro­duced a fea­ture that will now con­firm to senders that their texts had in­deed been read.

The check marks that ap­pears next to sent text will turn blue as soon as the re­cip­i­ent opens, ac­cesses or reads it. So now you’ll have to say goodbye to “Uh, I didn’t see your text.”

Ear­lier, sent What­sApp


texts would ap­pear with one check, in grey, to in­di­cate the text had been sent. A dou­ble check, also in grey, would con­firm suc­cess­fully de­liv­ered.

“If you see two blue check marks next to your sent mes­sage, then the re­cip­i­ent has read your mes­sage,” said an up­dated What­sApp’s fre­quently asked ques­tions (FAQs) sec­tion on Fri­day. “In a group chat or broad­cast mes­sage, the check marks will turn blue when ev­ery par­tic­i­pant has read your mes­sage.”

You can also find out the time a mes­sage was de­liv­ered and read by press­ing the mes­sage with the dou­ble tick — then hold­ing it for a cou­ple of seconds, be­fore se­lect­ing “info”.

The changes will af­fect all ver­sions of the app used on the Ap­ple iPhone’s iOS, the An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem, as well as Win­dows phones, Nokias and Black­ber­rys.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, “this fea­ture isn’t part of an up­date to the app through the App Store,” but an “over-theair” up­date sent to iOS and An­droid builds of the app.

The Face­book-owned mes­sag­ing ser­vice, which is very popular in In­dia but has failed to take off in the US, is ru­mored to be plan­ning voice over In­ter­net pro­to­col — let­ting users make phone calls.

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