WhatsApp is a popular messaging service that is available for all major mobile platforms, the Web and even for desktop operating systems.
The service supports two main chat types: one-on-one and group. The main difference between the two types is that groups may have more than two chat participants.
I used WhatsApp group chats in the past to organize fitness and sports training sessions, and have seen it used by entire school classes, parents, and friends to communicate with each other.
While that is useful most of the time, it sometimes leads to notification overload. If members of the group are very active, you may be bombarded with notifications of new messages on a constant basis.
Sure, you can mute your device to avoid these for some time, but there is a better way, and it is integrated into WhatsApp.
Note: the following instructions are for WhatsApp on Android.
It is relatively easy to mute groups or one-on-one conversations on WhatsApp. All you have to do is the following:
You may wonder what "show notifications" does. If you select it, notifications of the conversation appear in the notification area of the device you use. If you don't, you don't get notifications there when a new message arrives.
WhatsApp blocks sound and vibration notifications regardless of whether you select the option or not.
You find the mute notifications options in the group chat and individual chat menu. Once you have muted a conversation, you may unmute it at a later point in time by selecting the "unmute notifications" option that WhatsApp displays in the menu of muted groups or contacts.
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