Everyone uses WhatsApp. Perhaps that explains why instant messaging platforms are sometimes a few. Unsolicited messages, spam messages and excessive group messages are some of the common threats that many WhatsApp users have to deal with. Thankfully, the WhatsApp Mute feature allows you to take a break when conversations get annoying.
When notifications from WhatsApp distract you, muting your chats can help you focus more. In this article, we will dive into how to hide WhatsApp notifications, what happens when you mute someone on WhatsApp, and other related queries.
What is Mute on WhatsApp
WhatsApp has two types of Mute Function:
Hide notifications for individuals or group chat and Mute for status. We will guide you through both and their differences.
What happens when you hide WhatsApp chat notifications
By default, WhatsApp sends a push notification with an alert sound every time you receive a message from an individual or a group chat. However, when you mute someone, WhatsApp will mute notifications for subsequent messages received in the chat.
Let’s say you mute your cousin, Simon, who sends you constant and offensive messages and memes on WhatsApp. Simon can still send you messages, contact you via voice or video call, and see your status updates. The only thing that has changed is that WhatsApp will not notify you in real time; you will only see Simon’s messages when you open the app.
You’ll find a crossed out speaker icon next to the contact or group name during the mute period.
What happens when you hide your status on WhatsApp
When you press that mute button on a status update, WhatsApp will not push further updates from that particular contact to Recent update lined up. You will still be able to see the muted status, but you will have to scroll all the way down to the Mute Updates section in the status tab.
Muted conversations are not 100% effective
Mute individual chats will only mute messages, not calls. If a muted contact calls you on WhatsApp, your phone will ring and you’ll get a notification. For muted group chats, you’ll get a notification when a participant mentions you or sends a reply to your message(s).
Mute chat vs Mute Status
“Hide chat notifications” and “Mute status updates” are two completely different features and should not be confused with the other. It should also be recalled that they are mutually exclusive; Mute a contact’s chat will not mute their status update. Also won’t mute a contact’s status update message notifications.
Don’t want to receive both text or status notifications from a contact? You’ll have to separately mute your conversation with them in the Chats section and mute their status updates in the Status tab.
Mute is discreet
When you mute a contact’s chat or update their status, it’s your secret. WhatsApp will not notify the other party that you have muted them. Similarly, you also can’t tell if someone has muted you. The same applies to group chats. No one in the group, including the admin, will know that you’ve muted the group.
Difference between Mute and Block on WhatsApp
Mute someone on WhatsApp is like muting your TV volume. All components of the TV will remain functional except for the speakers. You can still watch content, switch channels, and do other things, but won’t be distracted by the noise. On the other hand, blocking a WhatsApp contact is like turning off the TV. That will turn off all components of the TV.
Mute vs. Block: For individual or individual chats
When you block a contact (or an unknown number) on WhatsApp, their texts and voice messages are not sent to you. They also cannot contact you via voice or video call. That’s because, like turning off the TV, you’ve turned off all the points of direct communication with that person.
Additionally, they can’t see your status updates, profile picture, and online information (online status and last viewed). Blocking someone on WhatsApp also means you can’t contact that person via text or call, nor can you see their status updates unless you unblock them.
Mute someone on WhatsApp is a matter of personal preference. The feature ONLY mutes message notifications on your device and that’s about it. WhatsApp will notify a hidden contact about your messages — unless they’ve also muted you.
Mute vs. Block: For Group Chats
While you can mute both individual and group chats on WhatsApp, you can only block individual chats. Quitting a group is the closest alternative to blocking a group.
In a nutshell, muting WhatsApp chats only affects the delivery of text notifications. You can consider it as Do Not Disturb feature for WhatsApp. It turns off all alerts for individual or group chats for a certain period of time. And that’s about it.
There is no limit to the number of chats or groups that you can mute on WhatsApp. However, if you feel the need to mute many chats or everyone on your chat list (which is stressful), disabling WhatsApp notifications in your device settings is a solution. easier replacement.
For iOS, go to Setting > Notify > WhatsApp And off Allow notifications.
For Android, navigate to Setting > Apps and notifications > WhatsApp > Notify and set the option to Turn off.
If you don’t want to block someone on WhatsApp, then muting them is the next best thing to do. Note that muting or blocking someone on WhatsApp is limited to the app only. Hidden or blocked contacts can still reach you via mobile calls, SMS or other messaging platforms.