3 tricks for listening to WhatsApp audio messages without showing blue ticks

3 tricks for listening to WhatsApp audio messages without showing blue ticks

How many times have you had a fight with someone, all because you read a WhatsApp message but couldn’t reply at the time, or needed some time to think about it?

IIs your boyfriend or girlfriend a sensitive person who gets angry if they don’t get an immediate reply?

If you’re one of those who hate WhatsApp’s blue ticks, then this article is definitely for you. As you probably already know, you can disable the blue ticks for text messages through settings, but, for some strange reason, you can’t do that for voice messages. You can use this to know if someone has this option turned on. If you’re interested in knowing more, read this other article.

How to know if someone has their blue ticks disabled.


If, instead, you are interested in listening to WhatsApp audio messages without displaying the blue ticks, here are the 3 tricks.

Use airplane mode

Turning on your phone’s airplane mode before listening to an audio message will interrupt both your Wi-Fi connection and data exchange with your service provider. WhatsApp will therefore not be able to transmit the notification to the person who sent you the audio when you listen to it.

This method is very easy to use. However, some devices will notify the sender immediately after the airplane mode is turned off and your connection restored.

Forward the message to a group

This method uses WhatsApp features to avoid listening to the message directly in the chat. Below you can find the 3 steps:

  1. Create an empty WhatsApp group. To do so, create a group (even with one person) and remove everyone else except you.
  2. Go to the chat where you received the voice message and select it. Next, press the forward button and select the empty group.
  3. Listen to the message you just sent in the empty group.

In practice, this method allows you to listen to a copy of the voice message instead of the original one. The only drawback is that, by doing so, you create a copy of the file in the memory, each time, risking memory clogging over time.

Download an app from Play Store

This method (only for Android devices) does not require you to interrupt your connection or copy any files. All you have to do is download an app that allows you to listen to audio messages by bypassing WhatsApp. The app is called Opus Player, an opus format audio player used by WhatsApp to record the voice notes.

After receiving the voice message, open Opus Player, select the current month in the list, as well as the day and the last received voice message will appear at the end of the list. Select it and press the “play” button.

The app also has a widget allowing you to open the voice note directly from WhatsApp.

  1. Open the chat.
  2. Select the voice message (long press it).
  3. Press the share button and select Opus Player.


You can download the app here

If you would like to know more about the other features of Opus Player, please read this article as well.

What you can do with Opus Player


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