What Do the Little Checkmarks in WhatsApp Mean?

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When you message someone through WhatsApp, little ticks or checkmarks appear next to it. These tell you the status of your message. Let’s look at what they all mean.

One Gray Checkmark

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One gray checkmark means that the message has been successfully sent from your phone, but that it hasn’t been delivered to your recipient yet. When you send a message, it will normally show a single gray checkmark for a few moments while it’s sent.

If a single grey checkmark sticks around longer, it means that your contact’s phone is probably off or not connected to the internet. As soon as they come online, the message will get delivered.

A single grey checkmark can also mean that you’ve been blocked.

Two Gray Checkmarks

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Two gray checkmarks mean that your message has been delivered, but not read (or that it’s been delivered and the person you’re messaging has read receipts turned off). The next time they look at WhatsApp they’ll see your message.

In Group Chats, two gray checkmarks only appear when the message has been delivered to everyone in the group. Until then, WhatsApp will just show one checkmark.

Two Blue Checkmarks

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Two blue checkmarks mean that your message has been read, or at least that the person you’re messaging has opened the message. You’ll only see blue checkmarks in individual messages if your contact has read receipts turned on.

In Group Chats, two blue checkmarks mean that your message has been read by everyone.

How to Find Out When Your Message Was Delivered and Read

To find out exactly when the person you’re messaging received or read your message, long press on it and select Info.

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You’ll see what time your message got delivered and, if the person has read receipts turned on, what time it was read.

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