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How to Turn off WhatsApp Notifications

Written By Nicola Massimo |

When you're busy, or simply annoyed by the constant ring of notifications, it really helps to be able to switch them off. Especially those of WhatsApp, with the amount of group notifications and messages, sometimes it seems like your phone is constantly buzzing.

We must learn to balance both our real lives and our social media. One way to do that is by switching off notifications from time to time, and sitting back and relaxing for a day or two without WhatsApp or any other social media. Also, if you're a busy person, these notifications need to be kept off during the working hours at least.

This article shows you how to stop turn off notifications on WhatsApp and how to hide WhatsApp notifications -

Part 1: How to Turn off WhatsApp notifications on android

This is the best way to silence your phone from all the pesky WhatsApp notifications. All you have to do is follow the given steps -

Step 1 - Open your phone and go to settings. Settings has an icon of a gear and is present either on the Home Screen or the app tray in your phone.

Step 2 - Once you enter the settings, search for ‘Notifications'. In most phones, this is placed right under the main settings options and you won't have to scroll too far down. You can also find it mentioned as ‘Notifications and Status Bar'. Once you do, tap on it to open the menu.


Step 3 - Next, you will see a ‘Manage Notifications' tab on the screen. Or else, you will see an ‘App Notifications'. Tap on it, and a list of all the apps downloaded on your phone will appear.


Step 4 - When it does, scroll down to find ‘WhatsApp'. Click on the WhatsApp option and it's tab will open. Upon opening, you will see a toggle that maintains your WhatsApp notifications. Tap the toggle to switch off your WhatsApp notifications.


Step 5 - Exit the settings and enjoy your peace and silence without these notifications. You can always switch them back on with the help of the same toggle.

Part 2: How to turn off WhatsApp notifications on iOS/Apple

If you have an iPhone, don't worry. This article will help you manage your notifications as well. iOS is just slightly different from android in its basic applications including the management of notifications and other settings. Just follow the given steps and you will be done within minutes -

Step 1: Click on ‘Settings'. The application has a grey gear as well, but the iOS icon is a little different from the android one. In any case, you will be able to find it on the main screen.

Step 2: Once you do, you will see different tabs for different functions. Scroll down until you find the one that says ‘Notifications'. It has a red icon and you can't miss it. It's the fourth tab under Bluetooth.


Step 3: Tap on the ‘Notifications' tab and search for ‘WhatsApp.' The apps are arranged alphabetically and you will have to scroll down to the W section to find WhatsApp.


Step 4: Once you do, tap on it and disable the ‘Allow Notifications' toggle. This will immediately switch off any notifications from the app. That's it, now exit the settings and continue with your work without the disturbing notifications.


Part 3: Whatsapp Notifications turned off - What happens next?

When you follow the above steps and switch off WhatsApp notifications directly from your phone, it will not display any messages or notify you when you receive new messages. The same applies for audio and video calls. You will have to open the app by yourself to see any new messages and respond to it.

While this seems like a very good way to keep your phone silent and not buzzing, you may miss out on important messages. Ever since covid started, people have been working from home and connecting via chats.

It can also make you miss emergency or urgent messages from your friends and family. Staying away from social media might be a good way to get some rest, but don't forget to check in once or twice a day to keep on top of all the messages you recieve.

How to mute WhatsApp notifications of Group chats

If you can't afford to lose out on urgent and important messages, but are really tired of those annoying, spam group chats that keep blowing up, you can simply turn off their notifications. Yes, WhatsApp has a feature that allows you to mute group chats, and a recent update has made it possible for you to switch off the group notifications forever. To do that, follow the instructions mentioned below -

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your phone. It has a green logo with a telephone receiver inside a chat bubble.

Step 2: Find the group you want to switch off the notifications for. Once you do, long press it until it becomes slightly grey and you can see a tab on the top right corner of your screen. This tab has different options such as pin, mute, archive or delete.


Step 3: Select the ‘Mute' option. It is denoted by a speaker with a line crossing it. It's the third in line on the tab.


Step 4: Once you click it, you will see a box that asks you for the duration of your muting. You can select whichever option seems comfortable to you. Press ok and voila. Your group notifications are muted.


Part 4: How to Turn off WhatsApp call notifications

This can be a handy option when you have too many calls on WhatsApp. It can be a stalker or just your annoying friend who can't seem to take the hint. In any case, switching off WhatsApp call notifications is a great way to ensure that you are not bombarded with calls.For those of you who don't want to seem rude by cutting calls, and yet don't want to talk to the person.

The following steps will teach you how to off WhatsApp notifications so you won't be bothered. Unfortunately, WhatsApp does not have the option to completely mute the calls but what you can do is adjust the settings in a way that it doesn't disturb you. There are two ways you can go about this -

Changing the call notifications

This can be done to remove any ringtone and vibrations from your calls. The WhatsApp calls will still be logged into the history, and your phone will display the call when it rings. This is ideal for those situations where you need to be away from the phone and work but don't want to get disturbed.

Step 1 - Open WhatsApp. On the top right corner, you will see three dots in a line. Tap it to see a small menu pop up.


Step 2 - In that menu, you will see the settings option. Click on that and search for the notifications tab.


Step 3 - Tap on it to open its contents. Once you do, scroll down until you find the ‘Calls' heading. Under it, you will find a ‘Ringtone' option.


Step 4 - When you click it, you will find different options for your ringtone. Select the ‘none' option to remove any ringtone from your calls. Now, even if they ring they will not bother you by causing a loud sound.


Step 5 - To silence the rings completely, you can also switch off the vibrations by clicking on the vibrate option and turning the toggle off.


This option mutes all calls irrespective of the contact. However, if only one person is annoying you and you need to mute their calls only, you can follow the given steps -

Step 1 - Search for the contact whose calls you need to mute. Once you find it, open the chat box and click the name on top.


Step 2 - You will see a custom notifications option. Tap it to activate. Once you do, you will see a ringtone and vibrate option just like the ones in the settings.


Step 3 - Tap the ringtone tab and select ‘none'. Next, click vibrate and set that to silent as well.


Now, any calls from this person will not cause a sound or vibration and will be much easier to avoid. Note that this is a feature currently present only in android phones.

Tip: MobileTrans for transferring and backing up WhatsApp data


MobileTrans is a software that allows you to transfer WhatsApp data from an iOS device to an android device or vice versa easily. All you need is a computer and you're all set to transfer. Install the software on your computer and connect both the devices.

The interface of MobileTrans is so user-friendly that you can finish transferring the data within minutes, and without any tutorial as well. It can help you exchange data on multiple devices - just by connecting them to a computer and running the application. This is the best way to restore your chats or save important attachments when you are uninstalling and reinstalling WhatsApp.


We hope this article shed a light on how to stop WhatsApp notifications. Now you can simply relax and have fun while keeping your phone quiet and nice. All those constant notifications and vibrations eat away at your battery and drain it quicker. A great way to save your battery is by turning these notifications off and reducing the brightness of your display.

For additional privacy, you can choose whether or not other people can know if you've read their messages. WhatsApp rolled in the option of switching off read receipts and it's the perfect way to ignore someone without being obvious about it. You can Google ‘How to disable read receipts in WhatsApp' to find many articles that teach you how to do that.

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Nicola Massimo

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