What Does Mute on Whatsapp Do

By Alba Charles . Updated: April 4, 2017
What Does Mute on Whatsapp Do

Whatsapp is the most popular instant message application in the world. It has more than 900 million users around the world, and almost everyone with a smartphone has downloaded it on their devices. But with so many contacts on our Whatsapp list, the notifications increase. During the day you might hear your phone countless times, notifying someone is talking to you. Now it's possible to mute both groups and single contacts on whatsapp for Android and iOS, making it easier to go through the day without the constant sound of your phone. But what does mute on whatsapp do? How do you get the notifications on your phone then? If you would like to know more about mute on whatsapp, keep on reading this OneHowTo article.

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Steps to follow:

When you mute a group on Whatsapp, you're deactivating the sound beep and the vibrations on your phone. This means that when someone speaks on the group, your phone will not make any sound or vibration at all. However, notifications will still pop up on the notification area of your telephone screen.

What Does Mute on Whatsapp Do - Step 1

The same happens when you mute a specific person on Whatsapp. This option wasn't available until some months ago, but now it is with the newest version of the instant messaging app. There might be someone on your contact list that you don't want to block because you might have to speak with him or her later on, but you don't want your phone to beep every single time you get a message from them. Personal mute on Whatsapp is perfect for this.

Just as group mute, what you're doing is deactivating the sound beep and the vibrations. The notifications of that person's messages will still pop up on your screen.


When you mute someone on Whatsapp there is no way this person will know you've muted them. You can safely mute anyone you know on Whatsapp and they will have no idea of it.

What Does Mute on Whatsapp Do - Step 3

The same applies to groups. When you mute a group no one in that conversation will know about it.


If you would like to not only mute your Whatsapp but also hide your notifications, there is a way to do it. For Android users:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to Application Manager
  3. Select Whatsapp from the list of apps installed on your device
  4. Once you're inside you'll see the information page. Look for the "Show notifications" checkbox
  5. Untick the checkbox
  6. You won't see anymore notifications and you'll have to enter the app to see the messages you've received.
What Does Mute on Whatsapp Do - Step 5

There's also a way to hide your notifications on iPhone:

  • Open the Whatsapp app
  • Tap on Settings
  • Tap on Notifications
  • Swipe the show preview tab to the left

This way the previews won't appear on your screen and you'll only see the sender's name whenever there is a notification.

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Why do I not get a green check mark ✔️when my message is read in WhatsApp?
Thaiyah Steve Ngigi
When I mute somebody, and keep on checking their status without unmuting them, will they know that I've checked their status?
OneHowTo Editor
It depends, they should still be able to see when you're online, you just won't see any messages from them.
how do u prevent a chat from going up when someone sends message to u?
OneHowTo Editor

We're not sure what you mean by ‘going up’, can you clarify?
I mean will it show with recent messages
Frankline willams
If I mute someone on my WhatsApp list hope the person won’t see my status post again?
If you mute someone, what happens if they call you via WhatsApp ?
Will this also be muted ?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Joe,

That's a good question. If you mute someone on WhatsApp, you won't hear sounds or receive push notifications for messages. However, you will receive calls as normal.
When you mute a person on WhatsApp, do they know when you're online?
OneHowTo Editor
Yes, they will still be able to see you're online unless you disable this option on the general settings.
Hope this helps

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