How to turn off TikTok read receipts

Georgina Smith
TikTok logo on phone

One of TikTok’s features is read receipts in the DMs for some users which lets people know when you’ve read their message. Here’s how to turn it on and off.

Like many social media apps, the popular video platform TikTok has a direct message feature that allows users to exchange messages and send each other videos directly from their For You Page.

In 2022, some users began reporting that they had received access to a read receipts feature, which would indicate that someone had read their direct message, and allow others to see the same information for that user.

Here’s everything you need to know if you want to turn off the feature or turn it back on again.

How to turn TikTok read receipts on and off

Understandably, not everyone wants people to see whether or not they have seen their message, but fortunately, there is a way to turn this feature off. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open TikTok.
  2. Go to your profile.
  3. Tap the three lines in the top right corner.
  4. Go to ‘Settings and Privacy.’
  5. Click ‘Privacy,’ then ‘Direct Messages.’
  6. Underneath ‘Message preferences,’ toggle the read receipts button on or off.

According to TikTok, “The other person will know when you read their message only when both of you have read receipts turned on.” So, if you don’t have the feature yet, don’t worry too much.

If you want to learn more about how to use TikTok, you can check out our other guides here:

How to duet on TikTokHow to Stitch on TikTokHow to go live on TikTokHow to find contacts on TikTok | How to use TikTok Stories

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