How to Read Messages Without Sending Read Receipts on iPhone & iPad with Haptic Touch
If you use Read Receipts for Messages on iPhone or iPad, you may be wondering if it’s possible to read new inbound messages without triggering the sending of the “Read” read receipt. Well you’re in luck, because it turns out that with a little Haptic Touch trick, you can preview messages and keep them as unread, without triggering the read receipt.
Reading Messages Without Read Receipts on iPhone & iPad
For this to work, you must ignore the inbound message(s), and not have them open in the Messages app. Instead, here’s what you can do to preview and read the message without causing a Read Receipt to the sender:
- Open the Messages app
- Find the message thread with the new unread messages that you do not want to send a Read Receipt to, but you want to read
- Tap and long press on the message thread, holding the tap until a message preview pops up on the screen
- Scan the message preview to review and read the message, as long as you don’t tap it again you will keep the message in preview mode and be able to read the message without sending a read receipt
You’ll notice you can only read about a screenful of message using this method, and if you wish to see more than that you’d have to open the message completely which then triggers the sending of the “Read” receipt. But if you keep it to just the preview, the sender of the message will only see “Delivered” instead.
If you plan on using this trick with some important messages in the future, you might want to practice this with a less important message or conversation first, at least to understand how the Haptic Touch message preview system works. If you’re familiar with the long press and hold for quickly deleting apps on the Home Screen, it’s fairly similar to that.
Read Receipts are a great feature for letting people know you’re read their message, offering a way to acknowledge a message without responding to it. Of course occasionally there are curiosities and quirks with this feature, and sometimes iPhone marks messages as Read automatically without you actually reading them, in which case some troubleshooting can help.
The Haptic Touch preview message trick works on all the modern iPhone and iPad models with Haptic Touch support, including iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, etc. Older iPhone models with 3D Touch support include a similar feature too, but since 3D Touch is now defunct, you can use Haptic Touch to accomplish a similar quick-check of messages without triggering Read Receipts.
Do you know of any other similar tricks for checking messages without triggering read receipts? Or do you use this feature often on your iPhone or iPad? Let us know your thoughts, tips, and comments!