How to Mute a WhatsApp Chat

Let’s see how to mute or unmute a WhatsApp chat (group or contact). I use Google Pixel 4a (Android 12), Windows 11 PC, and iPhone X.

Mute a Chat on WhatsApp (Android Phone)

Here are the steps:

  1. Open the WhatsApp chat you want to mute.
  2. Tap the name on the top and select Mute notifications above “Custom notifications.”
  3. Choose duration (8 hours, 1 week, and “Always”) in the popup. “Always” is for muting the chat permanently.
  4. To receive notifications, enable “Show notifications.” Otherwise, let it be unchecked. Tap OK.

That’s all.

Using this alternative method, you can mute multiple chats at once:

Select the conversation(s). Tap the Mute icon at the top. If you want notifications, select “Show notifications.” Pick the duration and tap OK.

Here’s another alternative method:

Open the chat and tap the three vertical dots in the upper right corner. You can find mute notifications between Search and Wallpaper. Tap on it.

Select the “Show notifications” option to receive notifications. Choose the duration and tap OK.

Unmute Chat on WhatsApp (Android)

Note: When time expires, the chat gets unmuted automatically. This one doesn’t apply if you’ve selected the “Always” option.

Here are the steps to unmute the chat manually:

Open the WhatsApp app and hit the conversation you want to unmute.

Tap the name on the top, then toggle the switch beside Mute notifications.

That’s all.

The following method will allow you to unmute many chats at once: select the conversation(s) you want to unmute. Tap the Volume icon at the top.

Here’s another alternate method:

Open chat—tap three vertical dots on the top right. Between Search and Wallpaper, you can find Unmute notifications. Tap on it.

Mute a WhatsApp Chat (iPhone)

Launch WhatsApp and open the conversation you want to silence. Tap the name on the top and select the Mute option.

You can now see durations – 8 Hours, 1 Week, and Always. The latter will permanently silence the chat.

Choose the one you prefer.

That’s it.

Here’s an alternative method:

Hold the conversation for a short time. Select “Mute.” You can now see the durations. Choose the one you want.

Here’s another alternative method for this task on the iPhone: swipe the chat to the left and select More. Tap Mute and select the duration.

Unmute WhatsApp Chat (iPhone)

Note: When time expires, the chat gets unmuted automatically. If you’ve chosen the “Always” option, this doesn’t apply.

Here are the steps to unmuting the chat manually:

Open the conversation and tap the name on the top. 

You’ll find “Muted” as an option. Select it. Tap Unmute.

That’s all.

Here’s the alternate method: long-press the muted chat and select Unmute.

Here’s another alternate method: swipe chat to the left. Select More. Tap Unmute.

How to Mute a Particular Chat on WhatsApp Web

Please open the chat and click the three vertical dots at the top. Select Mute notifications.

These durations are now available as options – 8 Hours, 1 Week, and Always. “Always” mutes the chat permanently.

Select the one you want and click Mute Notifications.

That’s it.

To unmute, follow the steps above. You’ll see the Unmute notifications option. Click on that.

Here’s an alternative method:

Hover your mouse over the conversation in the left sidebar and click the down arrow. Or right-click on the chat.

Click on Mute notifications. Then choose the duration and click Mute notifications.

That’s it.

To unmute, follow the steps above, and you’ll see Unmute notifications. Click on it.

Or, complete the above tasks by following these steps: Open the chat you want to mute or unmute. Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + M.


  • No one will be notified if you mute someone or a WhatsApp group chat.
  • Chat will remain muted even if you close and re-open WhatsApp. I’ve discussed the steps to unmute in this post.
  • On Android and iPhone, muting chat means you won’t receive notifications, vibrations, or sounds for new messages.
  • Muting chat applies to messages and not to calls.
  • When you mute the chat, a “mute” symbol will appear on it in the Chats tab.

I hope this guide, “How to Mute a WhatsApp Chat,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.

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