Wondering how to turn off read receipts on Instagram? Here is how you can turn off read receipts easily!

How to turn off read receipts on Instagram?

We use Instagram more than any other social networking site today. Instagram is the most popular social media platform and we can’t get over it. It is also one of the most preferred methods people use nowadays to communicate with one another.

We can share reels and posts directly to each other via Instagram, send messages, make voice calls as well as video calls to our friends and families. Instagram has really made communication really fun and easy. Owing to features of IG such as read receipts, we can instantly know when the receiver of our messages views our message.

However, although useful this feature of Instagram can be bothersome at times. It is common to become curious about messages after receiving them. There can be situations when you do not want to reply to the other person instantly, however still want to view what they have sent. You might also be avoiding a certain someone and so do not want them to know that you have read their messages.
Have you ever wished you could sneak a peek at Insta messages sent to you without the sender noticing? If yes, you must have wondered how to turn off read receipts on Instagram.

In case you are looking for a way to turn off read receipts on Instagram, we’ve got you!

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Is there any direct method to turn off read receipts on Instagram?

No, there is no direct method to turn off read receipts on Instagram. Does it imply that you can’t read your messages without being marked seen on Instagram? Still no!
Although there is no direct option in Instagram using which you can turn off the read receipt feature, there are several indirect ways in which you can read any message you want without the sender knowing.

Given below are the different ways in which you can read messages on Instagram without being noticed by the sender:

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Using the airplane mode to disable read receipts temporarily

One of the best methods by following which you can read any message from your Instagram DMs without being marked as “read” is using the airplane method.

Given below is the easy step by step guide on how to turn off read receipts on Instagram temporarily:

1) Switch on your device’s airplane mode. In order to prevent being connected to any network while viewing the message and having it listed as read, turn off your device’s Wi-Fi after turning on the airplane mode.

2) Next, open the inbox on your Instagram app to read any messages from your DMs

3) Once you’ve viewed the message, go to Instagram’s settings page and log out of your account.

4) After doing so, you can turn off the airplane mode of your device. Then log in to your Instagram account. The message seen by you will not be marked as “read” after you log in to your account.

By following the above four simple steps, you will be able to turn off read receipts feature on Instagram temporarily.

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Reading the message from the Notification Panel

One of the simplest ways in which you can disable read receipts on Instagram temporarily or read your DMs without being marked “read” is by turning off internet connection and reading it through the notification panel.

Instagram marks a message as read when you tap on it. In order to avoid this, you should turn off your internet connection as soon as you receive any message.
After doing so, you can swipe down over the new message and read it in the notification panel itself. Using this method, you can read any message( unless they are lengthy ones) easily.

You must be careful not to tap on the message as it may open the DM on your Instagram app. If this happens, the message will be marked as read when you later turn on the internet connection.

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Restricting the Sender

Another simple solution of how to turn off read receipts on Instagram is by restricting the sender of the message. You might already be aware that messages from requests and restricted accounts are not marked as read.

So, if you restrict the sender of a message, you will be able to read all their messages without them ever knowing that you have seen their messages.

By following the below steps, you can restrict the sender of a message and turn off read receipts on Instagram:

Step 1: Open the Instagram app on your mobile device or PC.

Step 2: After opening Instagram, open the account of the sender whom you want to restrict and view their message without being marked as ‘read’. 

Step 3: After clicking on the desired Instagram account’s profile, click on the three dots present in the top right corner of the screen.

Step 4: After you click on the three dots, a drop down menu will appear. You will find ‘Restrict’ option in the menu. Tap on it and the desired profile will be restricted.
Now, you can read all the new messages sent by them without being marked as read.

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