Read iMessages Without Sending Read Receipts on iPhone

Sometimes there’s that one guy who you really don’t want to text, but don’t want to hurt his feelings by reading the message (iMessage usually sends read receipts when you open messages.) Now, you can keep read receipts enabled but at the same time you can read iMessages without sending read receipts to individual people thanks to the iPhone 6s/6s+ feature known as “Peek and Pop.”

Most of the iPhone users won’t find this feature of the bat, but here’s a little information on Peek and Pop feature and how you can use it to make your iPhone experience better.

Peek and Pop is a feature exclusively for the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s+, which allows you to long press on certain areas in apps so you can preview the next page and perform actions without actually opening it.

For example, Tweetbot 4 allows you to force touch on a tweet, and it gives you options to reply, retweet, favorite, and perform other relevant tasks. This feature is extremely useful and I personally use it, along with3D Touch on the Springboard, very often. It’s one of the main features on the 6s that makes the latest Apple iPhone unique and an improved version as compared to the previous-generation of iPhone.

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Read iMessages Without Sending Read Receipts on iPhone

To read a message without sending a read receipt, you can follow the instructions below. Remember, it’s only for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s+.

  1. Open the Messages app from the home screen or by searching for it in Spotlight Search.
  2. Force touch on the conversation that you wish to read. To do this, press down on the screen until you feel a vibration (this is known as haptic feedback, another iPhone 6s/6s+ exclusive feature)
  3. Optionally, you can swipe up on the conversation to read more comfortably without the need to hold onto the window, and you can also reply to the conversation from there.
  4. Make sure you don’t “pop” on the conversation because then it will send the read receipt.

If you want to mark the message as read, you can select “Mark as Read” option, or exit the peek menu and open the conversation.

Read iMessages Without Sending Read Receipts on Older iPhone

Of course, there are plenty of alternatives that users on older devices can take advantage of.

If you are one of those then you can go to Settings > Messages > Send Read Receipts and switch it to the “off” position.

This can be disabled on any device, and it doesn’t have to be jailbroken either.

The user can also read a preview of the message on the lock screen, and if they get the message while the device is unlocked they can also pull down on the notification and they can read the entire message, and they can also reply.

Jailbroken devices can even view the entire conversation by pulling down the message notification with the tweak named Couria (iOS 8 & 9) for free from the BigBoss repo.

For me, this feature is very useful for people who I don’t want to talk to at the time. It’s just a nice little addition to my device that makes the next-generation of iPhone much better.

Testing Messages "Peek & Pop" read iMessages without sending read receipts iOS 9.3.

Testing Messages’s “Peek & Pop” feature on an iPhone 6s running iOS 9.3.


In the image above, I have demonstrated the Peek and Pop feature on my iPhone 6s running iOS 9.3 (it should work on every iOS 9 version.)