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.
WhatsApp on Mobile
Step 2: Just tap on Widgets. You will witness a lot of shortcuts there. You need to find the shortcut for WhatsApp.
Step 3: You will 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.
You can now read the messages without opening any WhatsApp chat. You will be able to read all your old (unread) messages as well. Do 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.
Widgets are available on all the smartphones and the process is similar. Users just need to dig a little deeper to find this option. Samsung users will first have to tap on the WhatsApp widget and then swipe right.