How To Do WhatsApp Mute And What Happens When You Do

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Do you ever get tired of receiving notifications from someone? Or maybe you want to quiet down an overactive group chat? WhatsApp notifications can be distracting – you want to stop them but you don’t want to block the person or leave the group chat. 

The fix for that is to mute notifications. If you’re not familiar with this, read on to learn how to mute an individual or group chat and what happens when you do.

How To Mute And Unmute On WhatsApp

When you mute someone on WhatsApp, you essentially mute notifications from them. This can be for either an individual or group chat. The process is fairly simple and will block notifications from the muted chats. 

On WhatsApp, you’re able to mute notifications from an individual or a group chat, and even mute status updates.

Mute An Individual Or Group Chat

Muting a group chat is the same as muting a single chat. The process is pretty quick too, here’s how to do it:

  1. Open WhatsApp and long-press the individual or group chat that you want to mute.
Selecting an individual or group chat in WhatsApp interface to mute
  1. Afterward, you’ll see a few icons at the top of your screen. Tap the crossed-out speaker icon, which is the mute button, to mute notifications of the selected chat. 
Crossed-out speaker icon on the upper right corner of the WhatsApp interface
  1. After tapping the icon, you’ll be able to choose from three timeframes for muting the chat. You can either choose to mute notifications for 8 Hours, 1 Week, or Always. If you want, you can also opt to show notifications. Once you’ve selected how long you want to mute the chat, tap OK. 
Choosing 3 options to mute notifcations in WhatsApp
  1. There you go, you’ve muted a WhatsApp conversation. You’ll see the crossed-out speaker icon next to the chat to show that it is muted. 
Crossed-out speaker icon next to a muted individual or group chat

Here’s a video showing you how to mute a WhatsApp chat:

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Unmute An Individual Or Group Chat

As you’ve seen, muting notifications from an individual or group chat on WhatsApp is easy. It’s also easy to unmute notifications from them too.

Here’s how to unmute notifications for chats on WhatsApp:

  1. Open WhatsApp and long-press the muted chat that you want to unmute. 
Choose and long-press a muted individual or group chat in WhatsApp interface
  1. At the top of the screen, you will see a speaker icon. Tap it to unmute notifications for the selected chat. Now you’ll receive notifications for this chat as you did before. 
Speaker icon on the upper right corner on the WhatsApp interface

Here’s a video showing you how to unmute an individual or group chat on WhatsApp:

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Mute WhatsApp Status Updates

Unlike WhatsApp conversations, you don’t get notifications for status updates. However, they still show up when you’re going through your status list. 

If you want, you can mute a status update on WhatsApp so it isn’t displayed with the other statuses. 

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to the status section of WhatsApp and long press on the contact with status updates that you don’t want to see. 
Selecting contacts in the recent status updates in WhatsApp
  1. Next, you’ll see a pop-up window asking you to mute said person’s statuses.  Tap the mute option to do so. 
Pop-up window asking to mute a person's status updates
  1. Now that the person’s status updates are muted, you won’t see them along with other stories. Instead, they’ll be at the bottom under the Muted Updates section, where you can still view them if you want. 
Muted Updates location after person's updates are muted in WhatsApp

Here’s a video showing you how to mute WhatsApp statuses:

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Unmute WhatsApp Status Updates

Muting WhatsApp statuses is pretty easy. Undoing it is even easier. Here’s how to unmute a WhatsApp story:

  1. Open WhatsApp, go to the Status section, and scroll to the bottom until you see Muted Updates section. From here, long-press the status updates that you want to unmute. 
Muted Updates section can be found when you scroll to the bottom of the WhatsApp interface
  1. Next, you’ll see a pop-up window asking to unmute this person’s stories. Tap the Unmute option to unmute them and return the statuses to the recent updates section. 
Unmute option pop-up to unmute the selected person's stories

Here’s a video demonstrating how to unmute a person’s WhatsApp stories:

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What Happens When You Mute Someone On WhatsApp?

Muting A WhatsApp Conversation Is Different Than Muting WhatsApp Stories

As you saw in the two previous sections, there are different ways to mute a WhatsApp conversation and a WhatsApp story. You can mute someone’s WhatsApp stories without muting their conversation and vice versa.

They Won’t Know You’ve Muted Them

Muting on WhatsApp is a very discreet feature. When you mute notifications from someone on WhatsApp, they don’t know they’ve been muted. This is because, unlike blocking, muting a person on WhatsApp only stops their notifications from popping up on your phone. 

They can still see your information such as status updates, profile pictures, and other information. Muted WhatsApp contacts can also still send messages to you and you can still send messages to them.

Muting Someone Won’t Stop Their Calls

As mentioned before, muting a WhatsApp conversation is different than blocking that contact. While you won’t get notifications when that person sends you messages, your phone will still ring when they call you as calls are permissible and not muted. 


When You Mute Someone On WhatsApp Can They See You Online?

When you mute someone on WhatsApp, they can still see you online. Muting someone doesn’t affect the way they see you on WhatsApp. You simply won’t receive notifications when they text you. This means they can still see when you’re online, your profile picture, and your stories as well. 

What Is The Difference Between Mute And Block On WhatsApp?

The difference between block and mute is that muting merely stops you from receiving notifications from someone. Blocking, on the other hand, stops the person from interacting with you at all. You won’t receive their messages, they cannot see your profile picture, status updates, or anything of the like. 

How Do I Ignore Someone On WhatsApp Without Blocking Them?

The best way to ignore someone on WhatsApp without blocking them is to mute their chat and archive it. Muting it means you won’t receive any notifications when they send a message. Archiving the chat means it won’t show up with your other WhatsApp chats and you can ignore them.

Muting On WhatsApp – In Conclusion

How’d you like this article? Honestly, when you think about it, muting someone on WhatsApp can stop you from dealing with a whole lot of unwanted notifications. This goes especially for Whatsapp group chats that are always active

I like that the process is simple and fairly easy to do. If muting an individual or group chat isn’t enough, maybe look into turning off WhatsApp notifications. This can help remove distracting notifications, especially if you spend far more time on WhatsApp than you need to. 

However, if you don’t need to turn off your WhatsApp notifications but instead want to get rid of a specific chat without deleting it, here’s how to hide a WhatsApp conversation. It’s a handy trick for WhatsApp users.
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