Apple’s iMessages app has the feature, but SMS texts don’t. Color distinguishes. Blue letter bubbles show Apple’s iMessage, while green ones indicate SMS. Group mails also lack read receipts.
Read receipts let others know when you’ve viewed an incoming message, which is important if you don’t want to keep them guessing.
This feature can bring tension and worry for all parties, especially if someone sees that you saw their message but haven’t responded. Maybe you’re busy or need time to respond. Relax. You can allow read receipts for everyone or particular people.
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Allow read receipts
Go to Settings > Messages on your iPhone or iPad to enable read receipts.
Now, when you examine someone’s text, a little Read note indicates the moment you read it.
Specific contacts might have read receipts disabled.
iOS 10 allows you to turn off read receipts for specific recipients. Open Messages and tap the conversation to disable read receipts. Tap the person’s profile symbol, then Info. Switch off Read Receipts.
Through Contacts, you can disable read receipts. Open the app’s contact page. Tap the message icon, then their profile. Stop sending read receipts.
Exception-based read receipts
You wish to disable read receipts for all but a few people. Turn off Send Read Receipts in iOS’s Settings > Messages. Now delivered mails won’t be read.
You may wish to enable read receipts for one person. Open Messages or Contacts to enable read receipts. Send read receipts by tapping Info. When you read a text from that contact, they’ll be notified.