How to mute individual chat in WhatsApp

Yes, you read it correctly! Now with WhatsApp update in iOS and Android you can mute chats of individual contact/ chats. Earlier, you could only mute WhatsApp groups which is also mentioned in our earlier post. Previously, the only option to get rid of irritating individual contacts was to block them in order to stop getting notifications from them or turn off WhatsApp notifications which is not a good choice by any stretch of imagination as that turns off notifications for all chats along with that contact which is not what you want. But, with current WhatsApp update you can disable notifications for chat of single/ specific person in WhatsApp.

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Mute Individual chat in WhatsApp 

For iOS:

Mute chat in iOS means to turn off message tone as well as WhatsApp notifications for a group or individual chat.

You need to have WhatsApp updated version ( 2.12.5 ) for iOS to get rid of notifications from annoying individual chats in iPhone.

  • Open WhatsApp and go to the contact which you want to mute.
  • Swipe left on that chat and select More. Tap on Mute from the options presented.


  • Tap on the chat to open the conversation. On top of the screen tap on name of the contact.
  • Contact Info will open. Here, you can tap on Mute.
Mute chat of individual contact in WhatsApp
2 Ways to Mute chat of contact in iPhone

With these two methods you can stop notifications from chats of single person in WhatsApp on iPhone.

For Android :

In Android, mute chat means to turn off sound for notifications or silencing the notifications even if your phone is in ring mode. To mute chat for single person in WhatsApp on Android you need the Android version ( 2.12.197) or newer. Follow the below steps to mute chats for individual contact in Android:

  • Open WhatApp, and tap on the contact for whom you want to mute the chat.
  • Next, tap on 3 dots at top right as shown in the picture and tap on View contact.

mute individual chat in WhatsApp - 3 dots


  • After this look for the Mute option under Notifications and turn it on.

mute individual chat in WhatsApp - mute option

  • It will ask for how long you want to mute, “8 Hours”, “1 Week” or “1 Year”.

mute individual chat in WhatsApp - mute chat

  • Choose the desired option and tap on Ok.

These photos were taken from WhatsApp Version 2.12.510.

Like iOS, you can disable notifications for a particular contact in Android along with message tone with an extra setting.

Earlier at TechUntold : How to mute group in WhatsApp

For Windows :

To mute individual chat in WhatsApp for Windows, select the contact you wish to mute. Once in conversation screen tap on Contact name at top to visit that contact’s profile. Under Profile you will find Mute. Turn it on.

Mute individual chat in Windows

This feature was definitely needed by the users of the widely used instant messaging app WhatsApp. We wish that you will find this feature to mute chat of single contact useful. Do share your views.

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27 thoughts on “How to mute individual chat in WhatsApp

    1. It’s pretty hard make out if anyone has muted you or not. The only thing which comes to my mind is that if the person isn’t replying to your messages then may be he/she has muted you but that can also mean that they have not been using WhatsApp itself. If you can see their last seen then you can get a better idea. Hope this helps.

  1. Some times I observe that last seen of my friends have difference of 1 or 2 minutes. whenever I see chatroom. what does it mean?

    1. You cannot be sure that they were talking to each other. It can be by coincidence that two of them left WhatsApp at the same time or difference of 1-2 minutes(as you say) after talking to 2 different people.

    1. Yes, whenever you read the messages, they will definitely get the blue tick with the time stamp when you read the conversation(of course this is possible only if you have Read Reciepts turned on) even if muted. Mute is only to turn off or silent WhatsApp notifications and nothing more than that.

  2. I’m so confused by this – in kik if you mute someone it doesn’t notify you of a new message and you only see new messages if you click on the conversation. I have someone muted and archived on whatsapp yet they still keep sending messages and being sent to my inbox. What’s the point of this function then?

    1. Hi Alex,
      I have never used Kik so cannot comment on that. However, in WhatsApp if you mute someone you will still receive the messages but notifications will be turned off if you are using an iOS device. If you are on Android then you will get the notifications but without any message tone even if the phone is in ring mode. You can turn off the notifications as well. Have a look at this link –
      Hope this clears your confusion.

  3. If i mute the person, his messages will appear to me as sent or delivered?
    Because i dont want to get message for some days from a certain person.
    But want to see the messages after sometime.

    1. Hi Niru,

      Mute has nothing to do with delivery of messages. Mute Chat simply means turning off the notifications for iOS and silent mode notifications for Android. You will still receive messages from the contact you muted but you won’t get notifications if you are on iOS or notifications will be in silent mode if you are using Android. Moreover, you can turn off notifications as well in Android. Look at this link –

      Hope this helps.

  4. How do i come to know that the person has muted me without checking my chat history through his/her mobile in whatsapp or sitting beside them and by sending a message after confirming that mobile is not in silent mode and mobile data is turned on?

    1. Hi Avinash,
      It is pretty hard to figure out whether someone has muted you or not. The only thing you can observe is whether you are getting replies to your messages or not. If no is the answer then there are chances that person has muted you but still it is not 100% confirmed.

  5. I wish there was an “ignore” mechanism where I could just put all messages from a specific sender on pause/hold until I have time to address them. I was hoping mute would do that. It’s not of much use if you still get confronted with undesired individual’s messages when you open chat to text other individuals.

    1. Hi Jinja,

      You make perfect sense. And we have noted this point. We will try to find out an app or service which can do that. Also, we have given this requirement to our App development team. They will also work on it.
      Thank you for your valuable comment. 🙂

  6. i am not able to see 2 blue arrows from 1 contact even though that person has read the messages..what could be the reason for the same?

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