How to Ignore Messages on WhatsApp on Android: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Ignore Messages on WhatsApp on Android: 13 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Ignore Messages on WhatsApp on Android: 13 Steps (with Pictures)
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This wikiHow teaches you how to mute messages in WhatsApp by "muting" a chat or turning off read receipts.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Mute a chat

Ignore Messages on WhatsApp on Android Step 1

Step 1. Open WhatsApp

This is the green and white icon of a chat bubble with a telephone receiver inside. You can find the app on the home screen or in your app overview.

This method disables notifications for individual or group chats. New messages will still appear in the chat but you will no longer receive a notification after receiving a message

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Step #2. Tap on Chats

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Step #3. Tap and hold a chat

A row of icons will appear at the top of the screen.

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Step #4. Tap on the mute icon

This is the speaker with a line through it and you can find it at the top of the screen.

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Step 5. Select a time duration

You will not receive any new sound/vibration notifications for this chat for the duration of your choice. You can choose from 8 o'clock, 1 week or 1 year.

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Step 6. Uncheck “Show notifications”

This ensures that no notifications appear on the screen when you receive a new message in this chat.

If you still want to receive on-screen notifications (without sound and vibration), you can skip this step

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Step 7. Tap OK

Notifications are now muted for the time you selected, making it easy to mute new messages.

You can still see new messages in the chat by opening the chat

Method 2 of 2: Disable read receipts

Ignore Messages on WhatsApp on Android Step 8

Step 1. Open WhatsApp

This is the green and white icon of a chat bubble with a telephone receiver inside. You can find the app on the home screen or in your app overview.

This method allows you to disable the feature that allows your contacts to see when you've read their messages

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Step #2. Tap on ⁝

This button is located in the top right corner of the screen.

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Step #3. Tap on Settings

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Step #4. Tap on Account

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Step 5. Tap on Privacy

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Step 6. Uncheck “Read receipts”

This can be found in the “Messages” section. Once you turn this off, your contacts will no longer see blue ticks when you've read their messages. You won't see any blue ticks yourself if your contacts have read your messages.

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