How to Disable Read Receipts on Facebook Messenger

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It’s nice to be able to reply to messages on Facebook Messenger in your own time, but if the other person has seen that you’ve read the message, then you can’t help but feel that pressure to reply right away. If you disable read receipts on Messenger and the other person doesn’t know that you’ve read their message, then you’re off the hook! Here’s how to do it.

Disable Read Receipts on Messenger (PC)

If you’re reading Messenger messages through the Facebook website, then on Chrome you can use an extension called “Social Tools“.

Once you’ve installed the extension, click its icon to see all the options it has for you. As you can see, it does a whole lot more than just disabling read receipts in Messenger, and does the same thing for Instagram and Facebook too!

Disable Read Receipts Messenger Social Tools

To block read receipts in Messenger, simply click the grey ‘Block sending “Seen” to other’ slider under Messenger. While you’re at it, you can also block the typing indicator which lets people know when you’re typing, and also your active status.

Firefox has exactly the same extension, Social Tools, which does the job in just the same way.

Disable Read Receipts on Messenger (Android)

If you have notifications from the Messenger app switched on (you can check this under App Info), you can read your Facebook messages by swiping down from the top of your device’s display. It doesn’t matter if it’s a short or long message, you’ll still be able to read it. Reading it this way doesn’t reveal that you’ve read the message


Another way to do it is to go into your Messenger app when you’re offline, read the message, then mark it as unread. To mark it as unread, long-press the conversation in your Messenger inbox, press the three-lines icon, then tap “Mark as unread.”

Disable Read Receipts Messenger Options

Now that you’ve done that, why not find out how to block internet access for specific Android apps. We can also show you how to block websites across all the big browsers, Android and iOS.

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Robert Zak
Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.

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