How to mute conversations on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Telegram on your Android phone

With the proliferation of instant messaging services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Telegram, it is not hard to imagine that most smartphone users will receive more messages on a daily basis that they need, want, or indeed can process. While this may seem like an annoyance to most people, it can actually lead to information overload, where you are overwhelmed by information, which affects your overall functioning and well-being.

In many cases where a person receives too many messages, group chats are usually to blame. While just leaving group chats right away may seem like a simple enough solution, it is not always that simple. There are some groups that you can not leave for a variety of reasons, personal or professional.

This means that there are often groups that you can not leave completely, because you need to be aware of what is happening, but at the same time, the large volume of messages can be a distraction.

In such situations, silencing a conversation is a happy middle ground between all those notifications having to tolerate and leave conversations altogether. In this short guide, we’ll show you how to mute conversations that you do not want to be notified about. Also remember that muting a conversation is always reversible.

A set of screenshots of WhatsApp

How to mute a conversation on WhatsApp

  1. Go to your chat
  2. Long press on the conversation you want to mute, whether it’s a single account or a group
  3. On the top bar, tap the mute icon
  4. In the dialog that appears, select the duration for which you want to mute the conversation. You can also choose to mute the conversation permanently
  5. The conversation will be silent

A set of screenshots of Facebook Messenger that show you how to mute conversations.

How to mute a conversation on Facebook Messenger

  1. Go to your chat
  2. Long press on the conversation you want to mute.
  3. In the options that pop up, select “Mute notifications”.
  4. In the dialog that appears, select the duration for which you want to mute the conversation and press Ok.
  5. The conversation will appear muted.

A set of screenshots of Telegram showing users how to mute conversations

How to mute a conversation on Telegram

  1. Go to your chat
  2. Long press on the conversation you want to mute
  3. Click on the mute icon on the top bar.
  4. In the dialog that appears, select the time you want to mute the conversation. If you want to permanently mute it, click “Disable”.
  5. The conversation will appear muted.


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