Read receipts serve the function of letting the sender of a message know that you have viewed that message. Some people are very concerned about their recipients actually receiving the information that they send, and those read receipts can serve that purpose well.
But you might feel that you don’t want senders to know that you have read their messages, and that’s OK, too. I always turn off my read receipts, as do many other iPhone users. You have the ability to determine whether or not this happens on your iPhone, and you have the ability to control it on your Apple Watch as well. Since these options exist separately, it is possible to have read receipts turned off on your iPhone, but turned on for your Apple Watch. Our guide below will show you where to find the setting for the watch so that you can prevent read receipts from being sent based on your watch activity as well.
How to Stop Sending Read Receipts for Text Messages You Read on Your Apple Watch
The steps in this article were performed using the Watch app on an iPhone 7 using the iOS 10.3.3 operating system. The watch is an Apple Watch 2 using the 3.2 version of WatchOS.
Step 1: Open the Watch app.
Step 2: Select the My Watch tab at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the Messages option.
Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of this menu and tap the button to the right of Send Read Receipts to turn it off.
While this method will prevent you from sending read receipts for messages that you view on your Apple Watch, it won’t affect the read receipt setting for the Messages app on your iPhone. This article will show you how to find the setting that controls that action so you can stop sending read receipts entirely, from any of your devices.