We’ll be the first to say that it’s ridiculous to worry that someone knows if you have read their text messages. Reading the message is the focus of the copy, however… we can also admit that there are strategic reasons why you want the message to look unread.
Many messaging services-including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and DM on Twitter-support reading receipts and notify the sender when you open their message. IPhone users who send iMessages can also enable read receipts, but there is an interesting caveat: they are very easy to use.
On iOS, you can turn on or off the read receipt option in the “Settings” application or personal conversations under “Messages” by tapping the person or group at the top, tapping “Messages” and activating “Send “/ Disable read receipts. “
If you usually ignore read receipts, don’t worry. However, if you usually have read receipts enabled but want to read iMessages secretly, then Haptic Touch (or 3D Touch if you have an old iPhone) is your friend.
In the messaging app iMessages, find the person whose message you want to read. Just press and hold your message on this screen. This will open a “context menu” that provides a preview of the conversation thread. You can see all the content of the new message, even some previous messages-anything that fits on the screen. You can also choose from multiple menu options: you can pin or delete conversations, mute or delete notifications.
Be careful not to tap any part of the screen, as this will open the message completely and send the dreaded read receipt. Then the sender will know that you saw their message and decide not to reply. This preview function is only available for iPhone 6S or later models. Therefore, if you are still using an iPhone 6 years ago, you are out of luck (and it may be time to buy a new phone).
Please note that you cannot trigger this feature through the text notification banner on the start screen. If you swipe down and press the message that just arrived, this “preview” will trigger the delivery of the read receipt.