Read receipts are notifications the other person receives that you’ve read their DMs on Instagram.
Currently, there’s no way to turn them off. If you’ve read their message, they’ll receive a read receipt no matter what.
There is a way you can avoid this, though. Either don’t read their messages or do it offline.
If you turn on airplane mode or shut off your internet connection and then read the message, they won’t receive a read receipt.
Read below to see how you can do this!
Turn On Airplane Mode
The first solution is to turn on airplane mode when you want to read your friend’s message on Instagram.
Follow the steps below to turn on airplane mode on your phone:
- Swipe down from the top of the screen
To turn on airplane mode, you need to open the Quick Apps menu on your phone.
You can do this by swiping down from the top of the screen. This will open a menu with several options, including Wi-Fi, Data, Screenshot, and more.
Among them is the Airplane Mode option.
- Tap on the Airplane Mode option
The Airplane Mode option is among the Quick Apps list, so you’ll need to look for it.
If it’s not there, scroll to the right and see the “Edit” button.
Tap on it, which will open a new menu with multiple apps. Select Airplane Mode from there, drag it to the Quick Apps section, and activate it.
With Airplane Mode on, your internet connection will also be cut off, which means Instagram won’t register it if you read DMs.
Your friend will not receive a Read Receipt either.
Turn Off Your Internet Connection
This is the second solution. If you can’t use Airplane Mode for some reason, you can turn off your internet connection to achieve the same results.
This can be done from the same menu above (swipe down from the top of the phone screen).
Then, select either “Mobile Data” or “Wi-Fi” to disconnect from the internet. It depends on your connection, mobile data, or Wi-Fi.
To be sure, disable both options. When disabled, they should be grey.
After you do this, you can read your friend’s DM on Instagram, and they won’t receive a Read Receipt.
But there’s another way to read messages without sending Read Receipts to your friend.
Read the Message Notifications on Instagram
When you receive a DM on Instagram, a notification will pop up on your phone. That notification contains a fragment of the message that your friend sent.
If you don’t tap on the notification and read that message fragment, your friend won’t receive a Read Receipt.
But for this, you need to enable Message Notifications on Instagram. Follow the steps below to do this:
- Tap on your profile picture
After you open Instagram, you’ll land on your Feed page. To enable message notifications, you need to open Settings.
You can do that from your Instagram profile. Look for the profile picture icon in the bottom-right corner and tap on it.
- Tap on Menu and then select “Settings”
Look for the Menu icon on your profile page in the top-right corner. It looks like three lines on top of the other.
Tap on it, and a new menu will open at the bottom of the screen. There, you’ll find the “Settings” option.
Tap on it to proceed to the next step and open the Instagram Settings.
- Select “Notifications”
In the Settings, look for the “Notifications” option and select it. This will take you to another page where you can enable message notifications.
- Tap on “Direct Messages and Calls”
In the “Notifications” tab, you can customize all the notifications you receive from posts, stories, DMs, calls, videos, and so on.
You can select stop all notifications by selecting “Pause All” and checking the box. You won’t receive any notifications for as long as that option is enabled.
Look for the “Direct Messages and Calls” option. It should be the 4th option from the top.
- Enable “Message Requests” and “Messages”
Enable both the “Message Requests” and “Messages” options on this page.
This means you’ll receive a notification that somebody sent you a message on Instagram, and you’ll be able to read some of their messages.
Messages like this won’t send a Read Receipt to the other person.
If you don’t want others to know you’ve read their messages on Instagram, you can try this:
- Turn on Airplane Mode and then read the message
- Turn off your internet connection (Wi-Fi or data) and read the message
- Please read the message notification from Instagram (but don’t tap on it)
There’s no direct way of turning off the Read Receipts on Instagram. If you’re online and read your friend’s message, they’ll receive a Read Receipt.
These methods should help you remain incognito on Instagram somewhat!