What Does Delivered Mean on an iPhone?

The steps in this guide are going to show you how to change the read receipt setting on your iPhone. We will cover the steps at the beginning of this article, then continue below with more information and pictures for the steps.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and choose the Messages option.
  3. Toggle the Enable Read Receipts option on or off.

If you’ve ever seen an iMessages “Delivered” notification, then you might be curious what it meant. Especially because it doesn’t appear in every iMessage or text message that you send from your iPhone or iPad.

That indicator in your Messages app is letting you know that your message has been received by a device. However, that may not even mean that it has been received on the recipient’s Phone, or even that they are anywhere near a device so that they can see what you have sent. You will know that the message has been read when that message changes from “Delivered” to “Read.”

However, this assumes that the recipient has read receipts enabled, which they may not. A lot of iPhone users elect not to send read receipts, as they would prefer that others don’t know if or when they have read an iMessage or text message.

How to Toggle Read Receipts on an iPhone

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.3.1. Note that turning off read receipts on your iPhone will mean that others aren’t able to tell when you have read their text in your Messages app. However, you will still be able to see the read receipts for the recipient’s device if they have enabled them on their iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

open Settings

Step 2: Scroll down and tap the Messages option.

open Messages

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Enable Read Receipts to turn it on or off. I have disabled read receipts in the picture below.

what does Delivered mean on iPhone

More About iPhone Read Receipts

  • These steps will work on other Apple devices, such as the iPad or iPod Touch, and on other iPhone models, such as the iPhone 11.
  • If someone is signed into more than one iOS device with their Apple ID, and your message is received by any of those devices, then it can show the “Delivered” message. As mentioned above, the appearance of the “Delivered” message is not an indication that the recipient has seen the message or is aware that it has arrived.
  • Many third party apps, both on Android and iOS, have the ability to send these read receipt messages. For example, WhatsApp is a very popular messaging service that offers it, as does the Google Messages app that you may have on your Android device.
  • If you are sending someone an iMessage and the message delivery notification doesn’t appear, then it’s possible that you or they have a weak internet connection, or that one of your devices is in Airplane Mode.
  • The messaging app can update with a Delivered indicator even if the device was received on a MacBook, provided that the computer is signed into the same Apple ID to which the message was sent.

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