What are the blue check marks next to my messages in WhatsApp?

Have you seen them? If you're on v2.11.967.2 then the chances are good you have and that has left many folks wondering exactly what they mean. As it turns out, they mean WhatsApp has finally enabled the ability to know whether or not your message was read after its been sent according to their updated FAQ section.

As we've mentioned in the past, WhatsApp has never had an indicator that showed whether or not your message was actually read when sent, unlike BBM, where the D represents that the message has been delivered to the phone while the R represents that the message has been read by the recipient, now though that has all changed for WhatsApp.

What are those check marks next to my messages?

Check marks will appear next to each message you send. Here is what each one indicates:

In a group chat, the second check marks will appear when all participants in the group have received your message. The two blue check marks will appear when all participants in the group have read your message.

The Message Info screen shows you who has seen your message and when. Learn more about the Message Info screen on Android | iPhone | BlackBerry | Windows Phone | Nokia S40 | Nokia S60 | BlackBerry 10.

If you only see a single check mark next to your message, there is likely nothing wrong with WhatsApp or your phone. There may be several reasons why your message has been sent, but not delivered to your chat partner:

  • Their phone might be off.
  • They could be sleeping, especially if they live in a different time zone.
  • They might be experiencing network connection issues.
  • They might have seen the notification on their screen, but did not launch the app (especially common if the recipient uses an iPhone).
  • They might have blocked you. For more information read this article.

So, that's that. WhatsApp can now detect which of your sent messages have been read by the recipient. If you take a look on Twitter, there's a ton of people who have some pretty strong feelings about it. On one side, it's good because you always know when your messages are read, but that's also the bad side as well. People now have to deal with issues similar to 'the dirty R'. It doesn't appear the changes have needed to come through an app update but rather are done server side so, have you started seeing them in WhatsApp?