It’s almost impossible to avoid social media in the 21st century. And with the rise of social media comes a new set of rules that we all must follow. For example, most of these platforms have their own set of guidelines to create a safe and positive user experience. This is especially true for Instagram. As one of the most popular photo-sharing apps—and a site filled with famous people—Instagram has strict rules about how users interact with each other. You can only like or comment on posts if you follow that person, and you can only follow someone if you are at least 18 years old. If you are under 18 years old, you need parental consent to sign up for an account. To help keep users safe from stalkers or strangers posing as another user, Instagram has several safety features in place. For instance, to prevent people from adding followers they don’t know well (and vice versa), the app offers read receipts to see when your followers see your likes and comments on their posts. That way if someone adds you but never looks at your posts, you know right away so you can block them or delete your account altogether until they accept your friendship request again.
How to Turn Off Read Receipts on Instagram
- Go to your profile page.
- If you’re not logged in, enter your username and password in the top right corner.
- Click on the Account option in the sidebar on the left.
- Select Settings from the dropdown menu on the top of the page.
- In your Privacy & Security section, scroll down until you see Read Receipts under General Settings. Slide that toggle switch all the way to off, then save your changes and log out of Instagram if necessary to be fully disconnected from your profile page’s settings menu and recommendations feed, so that any messages appear with a red notification bubble instead of a green one for privileged users who can still see them without being restricted from seeing them (see screenshot below).
- If you are logged in, go back to your profile and again click on Account from the sidebar menu (the “tab” at the top) next to all those annoying ads you see popping up across every website these days and get ready for a crazy new notification pop up!
- A small pop-up window will come up with a summary of what’s been liked or commented on by people who have liked or commented on anything about you (a total of 5-10 people per day that are able to see your leaked content). Read it carefully because it contains important instructions like “If there are no blue messages underneath any posts that appear when: You read something, You tap on the post, Then you tap Like, Comment, or Share…tap Done. Then you will see a message that says ‘You have 1 new notification from Instagram.’ That’s your last chance to change your mind. Once you leave any of those five actions dark blue (meaning no action was taken by you), those posts will be visible to the entire world.”
- If this does not appear in your notification pop up, immediately log out of your account and go back into the app settings menu and log in again, just as we did before.
- Copy and paste that notice’s body text into an email or a chat window if necessary as it will help other users understand how to take the necessary steps to turn off read receipts on their own accounts prior to being able to completely delete all information they’ve ever posted online with non-jailbroken iPhones or iPads via iCloud’s Find My iPhone feature on their own devices that they have access too.
- When you are backlogged into your Instagram account, and you log out yourself from the settings pop-up and are no longer receiving notifications either from the external site chrome-extensions.org or from the Notifications tab in the Instagram app itself, then go ahead and click on that “Done” button at the bottom of the message listing below…
- …and log out again by navigating back to the settings pop-up, clicking on your profile name in the top right corner of your screen where it says “Your Account” (at TheYouthApproved) next to all those annoying promotional messages that have been hiding behind every website you’ve ever seen.
What Are Read Receipts on Instagram?
Read receipts are an Instagram feature that lets your friends know when you’ve seen their messages, likes, and comments. They appear as a little wheel next to their username in the app. When you turn on reading receipts, a little wheel also appears next to your username on your friends’ apps. Most people leave read receipts turned on. That way, if you don’t respond to a friend’s post, they can see that you’ve read it but decided not to comment. Read receipts are also available in Direct, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp, so if you’re sending messages between these platforms, your friends can see when you’ve seen their messages.
How to Turn On Reading Receipts on Instagram
- Navigate to your “Settings” menu, and select “Read Receipts” under the “Privacy” heading as illustrated below.
- Toggle the toggle switch to “ON.”
- Save your changes!
That does it! Your Instagram account’s Read Receipts feature is now turned on!
If you have any questions or comments about this process, please leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to answer them all for you.
Why You Shouldn’t Turn Off Read Receipts on Instagram
- Turning off read receipts will prevent your friends from seeing whether you’ve seen their messages, likes, and comments on Instagram. Without this option, they’ll have to always ask if you saw their posts.
- Turning off read receipts will also prevent your friends from knowing when you’ve responded to their posts. If you don’t turn read receipts on for a long time and then turn them back on after a while, your friends may think that you deleted it or never commented on it at all!
Read receipts are an important feature on Instagram, especially if you are a business with an Instagram account. They allow you to see when your followers have seen your posts, as well as when they are engaging with your account. When someone turns on reading receipts, you can see when they’ve seen your posts, even if they don’t comment or like them. If you want to turn on reading receipts for yourself but only want to see when certain followers have seen your posts, you can turn on selective read receipts. You can also turn off read receipts entirely if you don’t want others to see when you’ve engaged with their posts.
Q: How can I turn on read receipts on Instagram?
A: There are two ways to turn on read receipts. The first is to go to your “Settings” menu, and then select “Read Receipts” under the “Privacy” heading. The second way is to navigate to your profile and click the three dots in the top right corner, then select “Settings.”
Q: How do I turn off read receipts on Instagram?
A: To turn off read receipts, you can either go back into your settings and uncheck the box or navigate to your profile and click the three dots in the top right corner, then select “Settings.” You can also uncheck it by navigating back into your settings menu and selecting “Read Receipts” under the “Privacy” heading.