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Mute a WhatsApp Group

Byte-size Bulletin by Simon Heath in Tips on Nov 25, 2021

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If you use WhatsApp to send and receive messages you will likely know how handy it is to receive a "ping", or some other audio alert, to draw your attention to an incoming message. After all, messaging feels like it needs instant attention.

However, sometimes a "ping" for every message in a group with many members becomes way too much. You'll know exactly what I mean if you have school-aged kids and joined a parental year group.

Here's how to turn off the audio alert for a given group in WhatsApp:

  1. Navigate to the group.
  2. At the top of the screen, tap on the group name.
  3. From the Group Info window scroll to the "Mute" section. Tap on it to select the length of time you want the mute to last.
  4. That choice will now be reflected in the Group Info screen.
  5. Navigate back to the group chat history and then back again to your list of groups, and the group you just edited should have the mute symbol next to it.

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