WhatsApp for iPhone lets you view photos and GIFs without your friend knowing

WhatsApp for iPhone (iOS) now lets you view a preview of images received by the messenger, without accessing the conversation. The trick is to expand the notification on the lock screen or in the mobile notification center. The feature is interesting for those who want to know what they have received without opening the chat, which usually sends a reading receipt - also called a blue check.

In the following tutorial, check out how to view photos and GIFs received in WhatsApp without opening the application on iPhone. The feature works best on 3D Touch smartphones, but is available for any iOS 10+ mobile phone with the latest version of the app installed - learn how to update your apps. The procedure was performed on an iPhone 8 with iOS 12.

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Learn how to view photos and GIFs without opening WhatsApp and avoiding read confirmation

Step 1. Wait for the picture or GIF message to appear in notification format at the top of the screen. Just drag it down with your finger. The image (photo or GIF) will be downloaded and displayed within the notification itself. Your contact will not know the message has been viewed.

Viewing GIF or photo received in WhatsApp by notification

Step 2. If the alert is in the notification center, just press it hard on devices with 3D Touch. The image will be downloaded and displayed within the notification itself.

Viewing GIF or photo received in WhatsApp with 3D Touch

Step 3. If your iPhone does not have 3D Touch, you must swipe the notification to the left and touch "View".

Viewing GIF or photo received in WhatsApp without 3D Touch

Step 4. The image will be downloaded and displayed within the notification itself and the uploader will not know what you viewed. If you want, tap "Reply" to send a message without opening WhatsApp.

You can reply to the right message on the lock screen

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