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WhatsApp is the best place for texters, the people who prefer to write messages instead of making phone calls. But sometimes, into our list of friends are sneaked all kinds of weirdoes who are ignored in real life and have no one to talk to. When they notice that you give them attention, they can’t stop sending you messages, bothering you everyday with nonsense. And if you read their messages, but you don’t reply, they get mad and become even more insistent. In order to avoid this, you can still read their messages, but they won’t know that. The solution is to disable the blue tick feature for “Read Receipts”.

Back in November 2014, WhatsApp’s developers have made a big mistake, introducing a feature that informs the sender that his/her message has been sent (grey ticks) and a feature that alerts him/her message has been read (blue ticks). Many users were very mad because of this feature that they couldn’t disable until January 2015, because all the fanatics from their list of contacts were able to know if their boring messages have been read.

One of the solutions is to disable the Read receipt feature by going to Settings > Account > Privacy > Read receipt and unchecking the box next to it.

The second solution is to keep the blue ticks feature enabled, but when you receive a message, instead of opening it, after dismissing all notifications from the home screen, enable the Airplane mode (it will block WiFi and mobile data and no other message will be received all this time), open the WhatsApp application, read the message, close it and then the application and deactivate Airplane mode. This way, the blue ticks won’t be displayed, even if you’ve read the message.

One of the best things that happened to WhatsApp, besides the addition of the voice calling feature, is the removal of the annual fee of 99 cents, as WhatsApp founder Jan Koum said that “Starting this year, we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organizations that you want to hear from”. This will allow the users to communicate with their backs about “whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight”.