WhatsApp Check Marks ~ What do the checks mean on WhatsApp?

Question: What do the ticks mean on whatsApp? What are these WhatsApp Check Marks?

I have had this same question from a couple of WhatsApp users who want to know more about these WhatsApp ticks. In order not to keep saying the same thing, I decided to create this post. I’ll be looking at the 3 common symbols you find each time you send a message to someone or a group on WhatsApp

We have the WhatsApp clock, the WhatsApp double-check, WhatsApp Single Check.

Each time you message on WhatsApp, the message leaves your phone first to the WhatsApp server before getting delivered to the recipient’s phone.

WhatsApp Check Marks ~ What do the checks mean on WhatsApp?

The ticks simply tell you what has happened to your message as it’s being delivered to the recipient. There are 3 check points on the delivery route and each check point has a symbol. In the recent version of WhatsApp, as a matter of fact, you can disable these ticks. Let’s look at the different checkpoints and their symbols;

WhatsApp Ticks and meaning!

Like I mentioned above, once you hit the send button after composing your message on WhatsApp, you phone takes over the message and sends it to the WhatsApp server. The WhatsApp tick system helps us know the status of the message sent.

Here are the symbols;

WhatsApp Check Marks

whatsapp symbol The clock!

This means your message has not yet left your device. For the most part, this happens if you have an Internet connection issue.

Whatsapp double check marks One grey tick – Single grey tick

Yeah! your device just succeeded in moving the message to the WhatsApp server. It’s the server’s turn now to deliver to the  recipient

What do the ticks mean on whatsapp Two gray checks – double grey tick

Once you see the two gray checks, this tells you the message has been delivered to the recipient’s device. Tha doesn’t mean it’s been read though. It’s just at its destination like a letter in the mail box. That means it could sit there unread for days. But once it’s read by the recipient, the color changes.

Whatsapp double check WhatsApp blue check marks

The two grey ticks will turn to double blue tick when a recipient reads a sent message / opens the conversation window. This means the message has been successfully read.

Note that in group conversation, the blue ticks will only come up when everyone in the group has seen the message.

WhatsApp blue check marks are optional

While the “Message Read” notification introduced in late 2014 was happily received by many users, some people still think it’s an intrusion into privacy.

Luckily enough, there is an option to disable the blue ticks. Go to WhatsApp Menu and into Settings > Account -> Privacy;

Uncheck the “Read Receipts” box

WhatsApp Check MarksNow you know the answer to your question “What do the ticks mean on WhatsApp?” Please share this post on social media with friends.

I’m excited to hear what you think about these WhatsApp Check Marks and this post. Please drop a comment in the comment box below.

WhatsApp messenger Vs other Mobile Messaging apps.

I remember those early days of Yahoo Messenger. It was the king of chat apps and the most popular messaging application with millions of monthly active users.

But the Smartphone and Android device era came in with a complete swap over. Instant messaging today is a huge industry with many different chat apps coming up almost daily, so having a tool like ClearoutPhone close by could be beneficial since every number can be validated and checked through different metrcis so you always know exactly who’re you dealing with.

Other apps like Telegram, Viber, WeChat, Kik, etc are challenging Zuckerberg’s messaging application with Emoji, Voice calling, free calls, end-to-end encryption, push to talk functions. It’s becoming basically possible to live and have conferences and meetings with these chat apps without the need for complex software and equipment.

35 thoughts on “WhatsApp Check Marks ~ What do the checks mean on WhatsApp?”

  1. Hi Enstine
    I was reading your post on whatsapp web. It redirects me to this page. I already know what these ticks mean but I get to know something new and Interesting here in your post. I can really switch off Read Receipts.. Its an amazing feature.
    Thanks for letting me know about it

  2. Hey Enistine. Nice guide. I know really know what all types of ticks mean. Now I can see who has seen my messages or not. Thanks a lot really helpful guide.

  3. Hi Enstine bro!

    Really a great topic you answered in this post. Most whatsapp user get confused about and eagerly want to know the right meaning of ticks on whatsapp. Yes, like as you, i got some question some of my readers and they eagerly requested me to cover up the mean of some symbols on whasapp! That’s why i wrote a post regarding this topic on my blog too.

    However, you explained this answer very well in this post.

    Keep it up bro!

  4. Hi Enstine,

    Thank you for the great post. If I turn off the ‘read receipts’ option does that mean others users will not see blue ticks and therefore not know whether I have read the messages, as whatsapp was set previously?

  5. Hello Sir,
    Nice article i don’t use WhatsApp regularly but when i use
    it i use to get those ticks, and i use to wonder what they are?
    but now thanks to you i know about it : )

    Thank you sir,
    Akash Navi

  6. Hello Enstine,

    Sometimes when mind is not in shape and you send a message to someone through WhatsApp, those little ticks can play a havoc to be understood. Now, it is more clear as to what they all mean with your clear information.

    Thanks so much, buddy! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

  7. That is rather ingenious. Do you have any idea how they are able to track when the recipient has read the message? I may install this & try it out – then my friends can’t say they “didn’t get my text.” I like it.

    • Hey Peter,
      It’s just communication between devices (handshakes) Once a reader opens a message, a signal is sent back to the server to update the status. Once the signal gets that signal from the recipient’s device, it will in turn update the sending device accordingly.

      WhatsApp is free so you might want to try it out

      Thanks for joining the conversation buddy

  8. Hello Ensitne,

    If you see two blue check marks next to your sent message, then the recipient has read your message. In a group chat or broadcast message, the check marks will turn blue when every participant has read your message.

  9. Hi Enstine,

    The whatsapp blue ticks has been around for sometime but you did a good thing writing this post as it’ll be useful for many newbies.

  10. Hey Enstine bro, I know its been a long time I haven’t came to your blog I was bit busy in my studies. I just saw this post on your blog, well I do know what does those ticks means but it would surely help many other people who doesn’t know about this feature of whats app.

  11. i was not known about message sending and its feature. This post make me aware. Thanks for the detailed post. Keep posting.

  12. Hey Enstine,

    Thank you for the short guide on whatsapp ticks. I use whattsapp reguarly on my cell phone and participate in groups too,
    but never really took much notice of the ticks.

    I knew that the ticks were related to the delivery of the message somehow as they turn blue when someone reads the message.

    Uttoran Sen,

  13. This is excellent Enstine,
    A lot of people are yet to figure out what all those symbols mean and its good you’ve taken your time to explain them. Though, i do understand them very well.

    The only things that are still confusing me is the meaning of some of the similes. Like the symbol to express anger, happiness, confused and the rest of them.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Hey bro,
      Thanks for stopping by and yes, most of us know these things. However, new users get confused when they see them. That’s why I decided to write on the topic.

      Those smiles are so many and I have not found a document on them. The commonly used ones are easily understood though like this one -> 😉

  14. Hi Enstine Muki,
    Great Quality Content. Yes it is new feature in whatsapp . Very interesting feature. Another thing is it killing people. You have to compulsorily text your friend whoever you are talking with. Damn why this feature .. :p
    Thank You

  15. Interesting article with proper guide.i am not know about this.Thanks for sharing with us .keep up it.

  16. Well blue ticks feature is kind of great feature in whatsapp from which we could know whether the recipient has read out message or not.


  17. Hey Enstine, easy guide. Though, I already knew about those symbols but for the novice, it’s going to be a great help. Well written. 🙂

      • Hi Sonam and Enstine…!!!

        Truly Said Enstine… Same in my case, In initial Days of this new feature I really didn’t knew about these ticks so i googled and landed on this page.
        Enstine Tells me About this new feature through his guide


  18. Thank you for sharing these tricks, this has helped answer all my question about the WhatsApp icons.

    Have a nice day Sir.

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