WhatsApp update gives meaning to blue ticks

Instant messaging application WhatsApp has updated its FAQs website to reveal the meaning of those little blue ticks.

Ever wondered what those tiny blue ticks are that pop up after every message you send on WhatsApp?

Well if you have, now you can put your mind at ease because the Facebook-owned company has released a small update to make it 100% clear what those ticks symbolise.

One single grey tick after your message means that it has been successfully sent. Two grey ticks means that your message has arrived at the recipient's device, and then you will be able to see when the recipient has read your message as the two grey ticks will turn blue.

Until now many believed that seeing two blue ticks meant that the message had been read by the recipient but that has never been the case. Prior to this update the blue ticks just meant that the message had arrived at the recipient's device.

It's an extremely simple feature and it makes you wonder why it has been implemented before now. Rival applications like Apple's iMessage and Facebook's own Messenger application have had the feature for quite some time now.

WhatsApp has also listed the following as reasons why your message may get stuck with a single grey tick:

  • Their phone might be off.
  • They could be sleeping, especially if they live in a different time zone.
  • They might be experiencing network connection issues.
  • They might have seen the notification on their screen, but did not launch the app (especially common if the recipient uses an iPhone).
  • They might have blocked you.

Users of Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6+ devices will still be eagerly awaiting WhatsApp's next big update to add support for the larger screens of both smartphones. Currently the application is only optimised for the 5 and 5s, which means it is automatically blown up for the 6 and 6+ bigger screen and looks like a terribly-pixelated mess in use.