We've all been there—a friend messages you on WhatsApp, you read it, and you forget to reply.
Or, worse, you read it and decide not to reply. Either way, thanks to WhatsApp's 'read receipts' function, your friend knows you're ignoring them.
Luckily, there's an ingenious way around this using Android's home screen 'Widgets' setting on your home screen.
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Android widgets are like little versions of the apps you use, giving you quick and easy access to important information without having to actually open something up.
If you have WhatsApp installed on your phone, you can actually add a WhatsApp widget to your home screen.
This will allow you to see all your new messages as they come in—without notifying your contacts that you've read them by sending them a blue tick.
To add a WhatsApp widget to your home screen, all you have to do is press and hold the home screen with your finger.
Then, tap 'Widgets' at the bottom of the screen and scroll down to where it says WhatsApp. The list is alphabetical, so it isn't hard to find.
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You'll want to pick the '4×1' WhatsApp widget then drag and drop it to wherever you want on your device's home screen.
Just make sure there's enough space in the grid for the widget, otherwise it won't work.
Unfortunately, the trick won't work on the iPhone. To achieve the same results, you can long press on a notification when it appears on your screen. It will show you a 'sneak peek' of the message as well as any images without sending a second tick to your friends.
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