How to disable WhatsApp notifications

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Being WhatsApp (more precisely WhatsApp Messenger) an instant messaging software, that is communication in real time, it is not uncommon for the alerts from our contacts to arrive in large quantities every day.

The notification is a message that appears to the recipient, without the latter having to perform any download operation.

Using WhatsApp even for business reasons, our phone runs the risk of being constantly bombarded with noisy communications.

WhatsApp notifications can, however, be easily managed in the settings.



You can decide whether:

  • activate or deactivate conversation tones for incoming and outgoing messages,
  • the notification tone or ringtone,
  • the duration of the vibration or the appearance of light.

If, on the other hand, we have decided to remove repetitive sounds and lights for each new message received, then it is necessary to disable the notifications of messages sent both by a single person and by a group chat.

In this article we will therefore explain how to disable WhatsApp notifications from the various devices we use every day.

How to disable WhatsApp notifications on Android

To disable WhatsApp notifications on Android you need to:

  • go to settings,
  • disable the option that allows you to receive a notification for each new message received.

If you want, you can also access every single chat and disable notifications for a specific contact or group.

To proceed:

  • start the WhatsApp app,
  • press the three dots icon at the top right,
  • select the Settings option from the opened menu,
  • in the new screen displayed, tap the Notifications item,
  • from the Messages and Groups sections, move the toggle of the Use high priority notifications option (option that shows notification previews at the top of the screen) from ON to OFF.

If we also want to delete WhatsApp pop-up notifications:



  • in the same screen press on the Pop-up notification item,
  • tick next to the No pop-up notification option.

Furthermore, by moving the Tone Tone option from ON to OFF, the audible alerts are temporarily disabled.

To disable WhatsApp notifications from a specific contact:

  • access the Chat section of the app,
  • press on the conversation of our interest,
  • click on the three dots icon located at the top right,
  • select the option Disable notifications from the menu that opens.

You can also:

  • tap on the contact name displayed at the top,
  • move the toggle of the item Disable notifications from OFF to ON.

In both cases it is necessary:

  • indicate how long you want to silence the chat, by ticking next to one of the options available between:
  1. 8 hours,
  2. 1 week,
  3. All time,
  • press the OK button to save the changes.

If we want to put everything back as it was before deactivation:

  • press the three dots icon again,
  • select the Enable notifications option.

The same system can be used to disable WhatsApp group alerts.

There is also the possibility to completely disable WhatsApp notifications, acting from the device settings.

  • Access the Android Settings,
  • tap on the gear wheel icon,
  • press on Notifications,
  • in the new screen select the WhatsApp option.

To continue with complete deactivation:

  • move the lever next to the item Allow notifications from ON to OFF.

Another choice is to disable individual notifications:


  • press on one of these options:
  1. Media reproductions,
  2. Group notifications,
  3. App critical alerts,
  4. Chat history backup,
  5. Call notifications,
  6. Message notifications,
  7.  other,
  • move the lever relative to the item Allow notifications from ON to OFF.

How to turn off WhatsApp notifications on iPhone

Also to disable WhatsApp notifications on iPhone it is necessary to proceed from its settings or, to disable them completely, from the mobile phone settings.


To proceed:

  • start WhatsApp,
  • click on Settings from the bottom menu,
  • in the new screen select the Notifications option,
  • in the Message notifications and Group notifications sections, move the lever of the Show notifications item from ON to OFF, to disable notifications related to single and group chats,
  • By pressing on the In-app notifications and None options, you can also disable WhatsApp pop-up notifications, those that appear when WhatsApp is not the app open in the foreground.

To disable notifications for a contact or group:

  • access the Chat section by pressing the appropriate item from the menu below,
  • tap on the chat that interests us,
  • press on the name of the person or group located at the top,
  • click on the Silent item,
  • choose one of the available options from:
  1. 8 hours,
  2. 1 week,
  3. Always.

WhatsApp notifications can also be canceled using our iPhone settings. So:

tap on the gear wheel icon from the home screen,


  • access the iOS Settings,
  • select the Notifications option,
  • press on the WhatsApp item.

In the new screen that appears:

  • press on the Show previews option,
  • put the check mark next to Never, to remove the preview of WhatsApp messages.

To turn off notifications completely:

  • move the lever for the option Allow notifications from ON to OFF.

How to disable WhatsApp notifications on computer

The same procedures can also be practiced using WhatsApp for PC, both from WhatsApp Web and the WhatsApp client for Windows and macOS.

How to disable WhatsApp Web notifications

  • To disable notifications using WhatsApp Web:
  • connect to,
  • click on the three dots icon located at the top left,
  • select the Settings option from the menu that opens.

In the new screen that appears:


  • click on Notifications,
  • remove the check mark from the notifications that we want to suspend between:
  1. Sounds,
  2. Desktop alerts,
  3. Show preview.

Let's see now how to disable all notifications:

tick the option Disable all desktop notifications,

  • indicate how long to deactivate them among the choices:
  1. 8 hours,
  2. 1 week,
  3. All time,
  • click on the Disable notifications button.

To disable the notifications of a single chat, you need to:

  • access the chat to be edited,
  • press the three dots icon, top right,
  • select the Disable notifications option.

Finally:

  • indicate how long to disable notifications between:
  1. 8 hours,
  2.  1 week,
  3. All time,
  • click on the Disable notifications button.

To go back and reactivate WhatsApp notifications just select the option Reactivate notifications / Activate notifications.

Now let's examine the management of WhatsApp Web notifications from the browser settings, in use.

Let's consider Chrome as an example:

  • click on the three dots icon, top right,
  • from the new menu select the Settings option,
  • go to the Privacy and security section from the new screen displayed,

To continue:

  • click on Site Settings,
  • click on the Notifications option,
  • check that WhatsApp Web is present under Can't send notifications.
  • otherwise click on the Add button,
  • enter the WhatsApp Web URL in the Site field,
  • press the Add button to block WhatsApp notifications.

To reactivate notifications you need:

  • press the three dots icon relating to the WhatsApp Web URL,
  • select the Allow option.

How to disable WhatsApp notifications on Windows PC

To make WhatsApp alerts inactive on Windows PCs, using the official WhatsApp client settings, the procedure is the same as that seen to deactivate them via the Web.

To do this from the Windows 10 settings, instead:

  • click on the Start button, the one with the Windows flag on the taskbar,
  • press the gear wheel icon to access Windows 10 Settings.

In the new window that opens:

  • select the System item,
  • click the Notifications & Actions option from the left sidebar,
  • move the toggle of the Notifications item from Enabled to Disabled.

In this way we will disable, however, completely and for all applications, the display of notifications in the notification center and / or on the lock screen.

How to disable WhatsApp notifications on Mac

Let's move on to examine WhatsApp notifications on Mac.
Also in this case:

  • start the WhatsApp client for macOS,
  • press the down arrow icon, top left,
  • select the Settings option from the menu that opens,
  • choose the item Notifications,
  • tick the option Disable all desktop notifications,
  • choose how long to disable notifications between:
  1. 8 hours,
  2. 1 week,
  3. All time,
  • click on the Disable notifications button.

There is also the possibility to proceed from the settings of our Mac, to do so:

  • click on the System Preferences icon, the one with the gear wheel, from the Dock bar,
  • press on the Notifications option,
  • select the WhatsApp item located in the sidebar on the left.

At this point:

  • you can act on the options:
  1. WhatsApp alert style,
  2. Show notifications on locked screen,
  3. Show in Notification Center,
  4. Icona app Badge,
  5. Sound effects for notifications,
  6. Show preview, to customize / disable notifications as you prefer.

By moving the lever relating to the Allow notifications option from ON to OFF, you can make all WhatsApp notifications inactive.

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