For some reasons there are times when you want to read a few messages without opening the chat of a contact. While you can always read all the messages in the notifications panel, there is one more method to check messages without even opening the app. Keep reading to know more about this method.

How to read messages without opening the chat

Without wasting much time, let’s quickly begin with how to read WhatsApp messages without even opening the the WhatsApp Chat app.


Step 1: Long press on the home screen and a menu will pop up on your smartphone’s screen.

Step 2: Tap on Widgets. You will witness a lot of shortcuts there. You need to find the shortcut for WhatsApp

Step 3: To get different WhatsApp widgets. You need to tap on “4 x 1 WhatsApp” widget.

Step 4: Touch and hold that widget, and then drop it on one of your home screens. After adding it to your screen, you can long-press on the widget to expand it.

After successfully adding the WhatsApp widget to your home screen, you can now read the messages without opening any WhatsApp chat.

Now, you should be able to read all your old (unread) messages as well.

However, note that if you tap on any of the chats (on widget), then WhatsApp will open that chat and the sender will get to know that you have read the messages.