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We all have a few chatty WhatsApp groups or contacts that we can’t block and don’t want to constantly keep a tab on. Thankfully, WhatsApp offers a middle ground for these and enables you to simply mute them forever.

When you mute a contact or group on WhatsApp, you’re not notified of any new messages from them. However, they’ll still appear in your chat list and you can continue to converse with them regularly. The members of that group or the contact won’t be alerted of this either—as opposed to when you leave a group.

First, make sure you have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on your Android smartphone or iPhone by visiting its Play Store or App Store listing.

Open the “WhatsApp” app on your phone and enter the chat you want to mute in the “Chats” tab.

Visit the chats tab on WhatsApp

Tap the group’s or contact’s name at the top to view their profile page.

Open a contact's profile on WhatsApp

On the following screen, toggle the “Mute Notifications” option.

Mute notifications of a WhatsApp chat

In the following pop-up, you can customize how long you want the group or contact to remain muted. Pick from the three defined time periods. Once this time period expires, WhatsApp will automatically unmute the chat.

Choose “Always” to mute it forever.

Select "Always" to mute a WhatsApp chat forever

If you check the “Show Notifications” checkbox, alerts for new messages from the selected chat will show up in your notifications, but they will be silent and your phone won’t make a sound.

Tap the “OK” button to confirm the action. When you do this, the conversation will have a new muted icon beside its entry in the chats list.

Do note that this only affects texts from the person or group. You will still get an alert if they voice or video call you.

If muting doesn’t do the trick and you’re fed up with a contact or group, you can block a WhatsApp chat altogether as the last resort.

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Shubham is a freelance technology journalist from Ahmedabad, India. He has been covering technology for over four years for publications such as Digital Trends, HuffPost, Lifehacker, and more. When he's not writing about whatever's trending in the world of technology, you will find him either exploring a new city with his camera, binge-reading non-fiction books, and novels or playing the latest game on his PlayStation.
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