How to mute a chat on WhatsApp

As opposed to phone calls, chatting is a way of typing in messages back and forth between multiple parties using their smart devices. Because of its popularity and convenience, chatting has prompted the development of plenty of apps which are easily accessible through most of our smart devices. One of the most popular of these apps is Whatsapp.

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When this feature is needed?

Unfortunately, with this technology, some of us have lost the ability to tune out the outside world even when all we want is silence. Whether it is individual chats or group chats, unwarranted, and irrelevant information including images and videos usually have a way of disrupting our day-to-day lives and filling our storage space. This can be on our smartphones, computers, and tablets.

Perhaps that’s how the ‘Mute’ button came about; to be used for those instances when we don’t want endless sound notifications disrupting our train of thought.

What’s the procedure?

Let’s take a look at how to mute a chat on Whatsapp.

Anyone who has your phone number can automatically find you on Whatsapp and initiate a chat. Additionally, any contact whose phone number you don’t have saved can also find you on Whatsapp and start a conversation. Unless a person has offended you, blocking them or their incessant texts can seem a bit extreme. What you can do instead, especially with chats that are not productive or relevant (like Forwards), is put their chats on mute.

Whether it’s on your phone or your computer, the mute function can be achieved in a few easy steps.

Mobile phone

Log onto your Whatsapp and select the individual or group chat that you want to mute by tapping on it.  This will reveal their chat profile and the chat history between you.

At the top right corner of the screen, you will see an icon with three dots aligned in a row. Tap on it to reveal the options.

Among them, you will see ‘Mute notifications’ – tap on it.

Next, you will decide the duration of muting you want from the three options of a) 8 hours, b) 1 week, or c) 1 year.

You can also click on the box written ‘Show notifications’ if you want to be silently notified of new chat messages at the top of your screen. To be exempt from these notifications altogether, click on the box to deselect.

Desktop computer

Sometimes when working from your computer, you can choose to transfer your Whatsapp interactions to your desktop for your convenience. However, it can soon get to be very disruptive for you if there is a lively group-chat going on. Every incoming chat from every active member of the group is accompanied by a notification sound. At the very least, it’s distracting when you’re trying to work. And not just for you, but for those seated near you as well. You might even find yourself pressing the ‘Mute’ button on your keyboard. But that’s assuming that you’re not listening to any other media file.

If you’re using Whatsapp from your desktop, the process of muting the chats is the same as that of the mobile app but without the option of being able to ‘Show notifications’.

Hopefully, Whatsapp will soon come up with a way to allow users to exit these groups surreptitiously and without coming off as rude. Now that they also gave their users a chance to accept group invites, we are hoping that the silent exiting option is also in the works.

By being able to exit discreetly, a user can do away with a group all together, especially one that they have no keen interest in. They will no longer have to mute these chats indefinitely just to not appear rude when they exit.