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’s not hard to imagine that most smartphone users receive more messages every day that need, want, or can process. While this might just seem like a nuisance to most people, it could actually lead to information overload, where you become overwhelmed with information, affecting your overall functioning and well-being.

In many cases when a person receives too many messages, group chats are usually to blame. While simply leaving group chats might seem like an easy fix, it’s not always that simple. There are some groups that you cannot leave for various personal or professional reasons.

This means there are often groups that you can’t quite leave because you need to keep up with what’s happening, but at the same time the sheer volume of messages can become a distraction.

In situations like this, muting a conversation is a happy compromise between tolerating all those notifications and abandoning conversations entirely. In this quick guide, we’ll show you how to mute the conversations you don’t want to be notified about. Also remember that muting a conversation is always reversible.

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 an individual account or a group
  3. Click the mute icon on the top bar
  4. In the dialog that appears, choose the duration for which you want to mute the conversation. You can also mute the conversation permanently
  5. The conversation is muted

A series of screenshots from Facebook Messenger showing 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. From the options that appear, choose Mute Notifications.
  4. In the dialog that appears, select the duration for which you want to mute the conversation and click OK.
  5. The conversation appears muted.

A series of screenshots from 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. Press the mute icon on the top bar.
  4. In the dialog that appears, choose the duration for which you want to mute the conversation. If you want to mute it permanently, click Disable.
  5. The conversation appears muted.

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