How to turn iMessage read receipts on or off

iMessage lets you send free text, photo, and video messages to other iOS and OS X users anywhere in the world . Read receipts allow your contacts to see whether or not you've viewed a message. While some people may consider read receipts to be a bit stalker-ish, others may find them useful for work and business situations. Regardless of why you need them, we can help you turn them on or off no matter what iOS device or Mac you're using.

How to turn read receipts on or off on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Messages.
  3. Now either turn Read Receipts on or off depending on your preference.

How to turn read receipts on or off in Mac OS X

  1. Launch the Messages app on your Mac running OS X Mountain Lion or higher.
  2. In the top menu, click on Messages and choose Preferences.
  3. Now select your iMessage account if it isn't already and then tick the box for Read Receipts to either on or off depending on which you want.

Do you have read receipts turned on or off on your devices? Do you find them creepy or helpful? Let me know in the comments!

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