If you're using WhatsApp, you might have noticed that you can turn off read receipts for text messages. However, WhatsApp does not permit you to deactivate read receipts for voice messages — from the moment you press play, the receiver will be notified with blue check marks. If you want to listen to an audio message without feeling pressured to respond immediately, we'll show you several tricks to listen to WhatsApp voice messages without sending a read receipt.
Our first suggestion is also the easiest method. Once you've received a voice message, first make sure the audio has been downloaded, and then activate airplane mode on your phone. Then you will be able to listen to the vocal message without the sender's knowledge. Since airplane mode cuts your internet connection, WhatsApp will not be able to send a read receipt to the sender.
The second method requires you to download an audio player, such as VLC. You can download it here for Android and here for iOS devices. This app stores your phone's audio files. Once installed, open the app and go to Folders > WhatsApp > Media > Voice Notes. In this folder you will find all of your WhatsApp voice messages, and if you listen to them from the app the sender will not receive a notification that you have played it.
This last method is a perfect work around, but requires some attention for privacy and security concerns. Once you've received a voice message, forward it to someone you trust and then listen to the audio in the new conversation. Afterwards you can easily delete it.
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