WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps on the market with over 1.5 million active users. If you're one of them, you'll know how addictive this app can be and how annoying message notifications can become. Unfortunately, it's not possible to deactivate an app without uninstalling it. However, there are a few of tricks that will allow you to pause WhatsApp notifications without uninstalling the app or turning off your internet connection. We'll fill you in below.
Android users in luck: this operating system allows you to force stop apps. Force stopping apps allows you to stop receiving messages for as long as you want.
To change the setting on your Android, got to Phone settings > Applications > WhatsApp. Press the WhatsApp icon and then select Stop. The app will ask you to confirm you want to force stop. Confirm by selecting Stop, and you will have disabled WhatsApp until you decide to start it again.
N.B.: To activate it again, open WhatsApp by pressing the icon your mobile phone and the app will work as normal.
This second method, although it doesn't completely stop WhatsApp, will allow you to stop receiving new message notifications. Depending on your mobile phone, you will need to go to Settings and search for it in the list of downloaded apps.
On iPhone go to Settings > Notifications > WhatsApp. Once there, look for the Allow Notifications switch and slide it to the right.
From then on you will continue to receive WhatsApp messages, but your phone will not ring, vibrate, or display tags of how many unread messages you have. In the same section you can also customize how you receive notifications and warnings. Here you can select if you want a sound or not, if you want to see badges, or if you want to see messages while your screen is locked, among other options.
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