iMessage Read Receipts

ckurt25

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I searched the forum and the google machine and couldn't find an answer. I delayed and delayed and finally pulled the trigger and ordered a watch. I was curious about how it handles read receipts for iMessages. I have that feature turned on for my iPhone. When I get an iMessage and read it on my watch, does it show as read to the sender? I'm assuming it does. From what I gather, I can dismiss a message on the watch. Going on my previous assumption, I would hope that dismissing an iMessage on the watch does not given an indication to the sender that the message was read. Can anyone verify this?

Thanks!
 

Planey28

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Yes, if you read the message on your watch it will send a read receipt. Like on the iPhone, if you dismiss a message notification on the watch it will not mark it as read
 

SR71

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Yes, if you read the message on your watch it will send a read receipt. Like on the iPhone, if you dismiss a message notification on the watch it will not mark it as read
Actually that's incorrect.

Great! Thanks!
When you get a message notification and lift your wrist up to look at it, it doesn't mark it as read. However, if you click "Reply" or click the "Dismiss" button it WILL mark it as read. To read the message AND dismiss the text after reading it WITHOUT it sending a read receipt you must push the digital crown to dismiss the message.

I've tested this a few times and it doesn't make sense to me since dismissing the message by clicking the "Dismiss" button and clicking the crown do the exact same thing, yet have two different outcomes.
 

mikepepe86

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I've actually been trying to figure this out....what action invokes an 'unread' message and what causes a message to be 'read'. Logically I kept thinking by clicking 'dismiss' that would assume it's saved in an unread state on other devices but it seems by clicking 'dismiss' it DOES mark the message as read. The poster above is correct however, pressing the digital crown invokes an ignore to the message leaving it unread.
 

ckurt25

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What happens when a message comes in, you lift your wrist up, decide you don't want to read it and your only action is to put your wrist down? Does that dismiss it?

I thought the settings for iMessages and alerts didn't make sense on the iPhone either (when the phone is unlocked). If you have it set to "alert" and you get a message you are presented with a pop up that you can "dismiss" but doing so marks the message as read. If you have it set to "banner" then you can see the message but it won't mark the message as read until you go into the Message app and open it.
 

SR71

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What happens when a message comes in, you lift your wrist up, decide you don't want to read it and your only action is to put your wrist down? Does that dismiss it?

I thought the settings for iMessages and alerts didn't make sense on the iPhone either (when the phone is unlocked). If you have it set to "alert" and you get a message you are presented with a pop up that you can "dismiss" but doing so marks the message as read. If you have it set to "banner" then you can see the message but it won't mark the message as read until you go into the Message app and open it.
If you just lift your wrist to look at the message and then put your wrist down after, the message stays unread.
 

ckurt25

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If you just lift your wrist to look at the message and then put your wrist down after, the message stays unread.
Does the alert / notification act as though it was dismissed in that case? Like a minute or two later and you lift your wrist again is the notification present or does it show the watch face?
 

mikepepe86

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Does the alert / notification act as though it was dismissed in that case? Like a minute or two later and you lift your wrist again is the notification present or does it show the watch face?
I believe it stays and if other notifications come in you can scroll through them in chronological order of when they came in. It actually works really great. One of my favorite parts about the watch so far for sure!
 

SR71

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Does the alert / notification act as though it was dismissed in that case? Like a minute or two later and you lift your wrist again is the notification present or does it show the watch face?
Once you look at it (and do nothing) and put your wrist back down and then lift it up again (say after ~5-7 seconds) the Watch will display the watch face, but the notification will still be in the notification shade when you drag down from the watch face.

I had to return my Watch as I ordered an SS model instead of the Sport and I'm still waiting for delivery so this is all based off memory, but I believe this is correct. The only thing that might be off is the amount of seconds it might take for the Watch to go back to displaying the clock face.
 

ckurt25

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Once you look at it (and do nothing) and put your wrist back down and then lift it up again (say after ~5-7 seconds) the Watch will display the watch face, but the notification will still be in the notification shade when you drag down from the watch face.

I had to return my Watch as I ordered an SS model instead of the Sport and I'm still waiting for delivery so this is all based off memory, but I believe this is correct. The only thing that might be off is the amount of seconds it might take for the Watch to go back to displaying the clock face.
Cool! I hope that is how it operates. I read the manual and I didn't catch specifics about dismissing notifications this way so I wasn't sure. I did see the part that covered the missed notification indicator (red dot near top of watch face - depending on the face?). This makes a lot more sense to me. My watch should be arriving in a couple weeks.
 

SoloStyle

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Here is what I have been able to figure out today: If you dismiss the message, either by pressing dismiss or by swiping down, then it will mark the message as read. However, if you swipe left and clear the message then it will still remain unread.

Dismiss = Read and removed from notifications
Clear = Unread and removed from notifications
 

ckurt25

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Here is what I have been able to figure out today: If you dismiss the message, either by pressing dismiss or by swiping down, then it will mark the message as read. However, if you swipe left and clear the message then it will still remain unread.

Dismiss = Read and removed from notifications
Clear = Unread and removed from notifications
Cool! I got my watch Friday and hadn't figured out the left swipe thing yet. I did confirm the ignoring part leaves it as unread too.
 

ki2594

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yep this is all correct. Was one of the things I was most interested in trying out to see how it works. I love being able to just glance at my watch and then that be it without having to do anything. Just have my messages stay lined up for me for when I have time to reply during the work day.
 

its Dale

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so does this all matter when that option is turned on/off on the watch messaging app? What if the watch app says to not notify if you've read a text, but the phone app says yes?
 
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