WhatsApp has quietly started rolling out a read receipt feature in chat app. With a new WhatsApp update, users will notice two blue check marks next to a sent message, which is actually an indication that the recipient has read the message.
Additionally, the much-awaited free voice-calling or VoIP (Voice over IP) feature via the popular messaging service has been tipped again in leaked icons.
The updated app has been rolled out to Google Play, and we’ve verified that the new WhatsApp app for Android has the feature. Android users can now see two blue check marks in a chat that notifies a user has read the message. Meanwhile, the iOS app for WhatsApp is yet to receive the read receipt feature.
WhatsApp has also updated its FAQ pages titled “How can I tell if someone has read my message?” and “What are those check marks next to my messages?”
In reality, the double check marks simply mean a message has been received by the other user (the single check only tells you the message reached WhatsApp’s servers). The blue coloring adds a third layer of information, as an updated FAQwill confirm.
Alternatively, you can long press on a message to access a ‘Message Info‘ screen, detailing the times when the message was received, read or played.
In addition to the read receipts, WhatsApp has also rolled out the Message Info screen that now displays details of a message. The FAQ page notes, “For any message that you send, you will be able to see a Message Info screen, displaying the details of when your message was delivered, read or played by the recipient(s).” Users can check Message Info by tapping and holding a sent message.