How To Mute/Unmute WhatsApp Status Updates Of Contacts

Last Updated: October 20, 2018

This is a continuation of our earlier article where we discussed the latest WhatsApp status update feature in detail. In this tutorial, we will share a handy feature related to WhatsApp status update wherein you can mute WhatsApp status of others if desired. You can always change your decision and unmute the status updates of your WhatsApp contacts whenever you wish. So, 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

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.

WhatsApp Status Update on iPhone Android

2. Under Status, swipe towards left on the desired contact’s name and select Mute followed by Mute once more for iPhone/iPad users.

Mute WhatsApp status on Android and iPhone

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.

Mute WhatsApp status of contacts

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 a contact by using the same gesture above and selecting Unmute this time.

Unmute WhatsApp status update

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.

What does WhatsApp status mean

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 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.

If you are looking to hide your WhatsApp status from certain people or show it only to selected people then read our tutorial to hide Status from specific people on WhatsApp.

In case you are an Instagram user as well then we recommend you to go through the following article as well.

How to mute Instagram Story

We hope that this clears everything about Mute WhatsApp status feature. If you have any queries please let us know in the comments.


  1. I muted the status update of one of the contacts on Whatsapp. Now that particular contact is not there anywhere on the Whatsapp. There is no muted contact list showing. How can I unmute the status update of that particular contact? Please help.

    • Hi Disha,
      As mentioned in the article, on muting a contact, it will be shown under Muted Updates. If you are using Android device then long tap on the muted contact name and for iPhone/iPad swipe left on the contact’s name. Finally, select Unmute.
      It is weird that you are no longer able to see that contact. Make sure you are looking in the Status tab.

  2. If we see the status of contact which we have muted will he be notified that his status has been viewed under the readby list of his?

    • Hi Gagan,

      Muting a Status doesn’t prevent sending seen receipts. If you wish to stop sending seen receipts for WhatsApp status then you can disable Read receipts in WhatsApp settings. Doing that will also mean that you too will no longer able to see who views your WhatsApp status.
      If you don’t want that then you can follow the trick method mentioned in the following article to view anyone’s WhatsApp status without notifying.


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