The popular messaging service WhatsApp shows multiple kinds of check marks when you send a message to someone. Every kind of check mark has different meaning. If you have been using WhatsApp for long time and use it very frequently, you might already know the meaning of those check marks. But if your are new, it might be confusing to you to crackdown the meaning of those check marks. WhatsApp will show different check marks and indicators next to a sent message depending on the message’s status (sent, delivered or read).

To make you understand easily, here’s a quick info on each mark and indicator:

WhatsApp message status tick marks with details

Message Status Indicators Explained

1. Message not sent
Message not sentThis gray clock icon indicates that your message has not left your phone yet. Depending on your interned connection, this icon shouldn’t stick there for more than five seconds. If it’s still there, this means either your phone has no internet connection, or your phone experiencing problem connection to WhatsApp server.

2. Message sent to server
Message sent to serverAs long as the single gray tick mark is there, this means the message has been successfully sent to WhatsApp server but not reached to recipient’s phone. There are several reasons why your message is stuck with this single check mark:

  1. Recipient’s phone is switched off.
  2. Phone is offline (no internet connection).
  3. He/she might have already blocked you.

You can find more details on single check mark in official FAQ page.

3. Message delivered to recipient
Message is deliveredThis double gray tick mark means your message has been sent (delivered) to the recipient’s phone, but the recipient has not yet open or read the message. Recipient should have got a sound notification for the delivery. If your message is stuck with this double gray tick mark, this means:

  1. Recipient may not have opened your conversation.
  2. Recipient might have disabled Read receipts is WhatsApp’s privacy settings.
  3. Recipient might have disabled internet connection (or having connection issues) or switched off the phone since the message has been delivered.
  4. Or he/she has an outdated version of WhatsApp.

This doesn’t necessarily means that the recipient hasn’t read your message. For example, on Android, a short message can be read from the notification bar without even opening the app. Or someone can easily read your message from desktop if he or she is mirroring Android notifications to desktop.

4. Message opened by recipient
Message is readThe final double blue check mark means the message has been read  or opened by the recipient. But if the recipient has disabled Read receipt in privacy settings, you will never see these blue marks. The blue marks also doesn’t necessarily means he or she did read your message. Because they might leave the phone having the WhatsApp open.

Manually seeing Timestamps of a message’s delivery and seen status

WhatsApp also lets you know the time when a message has been delivered and when it was seen/read. To know it, simply tap and hold on the message and choose Info button or icon, depending on Android or iOS.

Know the timestamps of message sent status

It will then show you the timestamps of the message’s status. Official FAQ has more details on message info. Note that the web version of WhatsApp ( doesn’t have this feature yet (at the time of writing this article).

By all these means, you shouldn’t have trouble understanding a message’s status in WhatsApp, unless you are blocked by the recipient. As I said earlier, the gray single tick mark will persist if you sent a message to someone who already blocked you.


Jaber is a Programmer and Tech Enthusiast Geek from Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is the founder and Chief-Editor of TechGainer. While he is away from his keyboard, either he's fishing or messing with wildlife. In case, you can contact him at rijans[at]techgainer[dot]com.