What Do the Symbols Mean on WhatsApp?

The symbols on WhatsApp can mean different things depending on where you see them. The most common symbols are the checkmark and the clock icon.

The checkmark indicates that a message has been sent, received, and read by the recipient. The clock icon means that a message has been sent but not yet delivered or seen by the recipient. These symbols are useful for quickly knowing the status of messages sent.

The double blue checkmark indicates that a message has been seen by the recipient, meaning that they have opened it and read it. If you see this symbol, you know that your message is being read and responded to accordingly. Similarly, if you send a voice message and receive a blue arrow in return, this is an indication that your voice message was heard.

The clock icon with an exclamation mark next to it means that there is an issue with sending or receiving messages. This usually happens when there’s an internet connection problem or an issue with your phone. In this case, try restarting your phone or checking your internet connection.

The exclamation mark inside a triangle stands for Group Invite Link – which allows users to join groups without being invited by someone else who is already in the group. It looks like a small paperclip icon next to messages in group chats.


WhatsApp symbols provide helpful information about whether messages have been sent, received, read or heard by their recipient(s). Knowing what these symbols mean can help you understand what’s happening with your messages and conversations quickly and easily.