Yes, you read it correctly! Now with WhatsApp update for iPhone and Android, you can mute chats of individual contact/ chats. Earlier, you could only mute WhatsApp groups – the steps for both of them are largely the same. 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 the imagination as that turns off notifications for all chats along with that contact which is not what you want. However, with the mute option, you can disable notifications for the chat of single/ specific person or group in WhatsApp. Additionally, you’ll also get to know how you can mute status of desired WhatsApp contacts in this guide.
Mute Individual Chat Or Group In WhatsApp
Mute chat in iPhone 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 iPhone to get rid of notifications from annoying individual chats in iPhone.
- Open WhatsApp and go to the contact or group 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 the name of the contact or group.
- Contact Info/Group Info will open. Here, you can tap on Mute.
With these two methods, you can stop notifications from chats of a single person in WhatsApp on iPhone.
In Android, mute chat means to turn off sound for notifications or silencing the notifications even if your phone is in ring mode while you will still receive the notifications. That said, there is an option to disable notifications as well while using the Mute option.
To mute chat for a 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 WhatsApp, and tap on the contact or group for whom you want to mute the chat.
- Next, tap on 3 dots at the top right as shown in the picture and tap on View contact or Group info.
- After this look for the Mute notifications option and turn it on by tapping on it.
- It will ask for how long you want to mute, “8 Hours”, “1 Week” or “1 Year”.
- Choose the desired option and tap on Ok.
These photos were taken from WhatsApp Version 2.12.510.
Like iPhone, you can disable notifications for a particular contact or group in Android along with message tone by unchecking an extra setting Show Notifications at the bottom.
Now, let us go ahead and learn what does mute mean for WhatsApp status and how to mute/unmute status of other contacts on Android and iPhone.
Mute WhatsApp Status For Desired Contacts
To mute a friend’s WhatsApp status follow the steps mentioned below.
1. Open WhatsApp and select Status tab.
You will find it in different locations depending on the smartphone(Android/iOS) you are using as shown below.
2. Under Status, swipe towards left on the desired contact’s name and select Mute followed by Mute once more for iPhone/iPad users.
If you are using WhatsApp on an Android device then long tap on the contact’s name you wish to mute and select Mute from the pop-up.
That is it! The selected contact’s status will be muted. Similarly, you can mute other WhatsApp status of other friends if desired.
Unmute WhatsApp Status
You can quickly unmute the muted status for contact by using the same gesture above and selecting Unmute this time.
What Does Muting WhatsApp Status Mean And What Happens When You Mute Someone’s Status?
When you mute a WhatsApp status for a particular contact then their WhatsApp status update will still be shown but at the bottom under MUTED section.
Moreover, the contact status will be grayed out. But it doesn’t mean that you cannot view it. You can still see the status updates of a Muted contact by tapping on the update as you would do to see a status update for anyone.
The only thing is that they will be moved to the bottom under Recent and Viewed Updates and you won’t be notified by the color change of the circle around the contact’s update preview for the new status update from that particular user.
You can use the Mute feature if you want to ignore Status updates of specific contacts.
The mute feature can be quite definitely handy for the users of the widely used instant messaging app, WhatsApp. Just keep in mind that even the muted contacts or groups will be a part of the WhatsApp backup. To avoid that, you need to stop WhatsApp backup completely.
We hope that this clears everything about Mute WhatsApp chats and the status option. If you have any queries please let us know in the comments.