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How to disable WhatsApp

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Disable WhatsApp notifications

If your main problem is notifications, you can make WhatsApp less "annoying" by turning off alerts about received messages. There are two ways to block notifications in WhatsApp: a generic one that inhibits the alerts (or sounds) related to all messages and a more selective one, which instead allows you to choose individual users or groups to "silence". Let's analyze them in detail.

Android

To disable all WhatsApp notifications on Android, go to the menu Settings of your smartphone (the gear icon located on the screen with the list of all the apps installed on the device), select the icon Audio and notifications i went his App notifications. If you do not find these items, you are probably using a customized version of Android (eg EMUI by Huawei), so you have to be good at finding the voice related to the customization of notifications: on Huawei devices, for example, it can hide behind the menusNotification Panel & Status Bar> Notification Manager. At this point, select the icon WhatsApp from the menu that opens and moves up ON the relative levetta all'opzione Block or, alternatively, move up OFF the function lever Consenti notified.



If you do not want to disable the notifications but only their sounds or their vibrations, open WhatsApp, press the ⋮ button located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that appears. Then, “tap” on the icon Notifications, select the voice Notification tone relating to message notifications and choose first Media Storage (o Select ringtones) and then None from the screen that opens. Repeat for the group notifications and call notifications And that's it. To disable vibrations too, from the same menu, select the item Vibration and set the value Off in the box that opens.



Do you want to "silence" a single group or a single contact? Nothing easier. Open WhatsApp, go to the tab Chat app and select the person or group you want to turn off notifications for. Then presses on the name of the person or on the title of the group placed at the top of the screen, move up ON the levetta Silence notifications and choose whether to "silence" notifications for 8 hours, 1 weeks o Everlasting removing the check mark from the item Show notification.

iPhone

To disable all WhatsApp notifications on iPhone, start the application, go to the tab Settings located at the bottom right and select the icon Notifications from the menu that opens. Move up OFF the notifications levers for Message, groups e calls And that's it. If you don't want to turn off notifications completely but only their sounds, go to the menu Settings> Notifications of WhatsApp, select the item Sounds for messages, groups and calls and select the option Nobody from the screen that opens. Alternatively, to completely disable WhatsApp notifications on iPhone, go to the menu Settings> Notifications for iOS, select the icon WhatsApp and move up OFF the relative levetta all'opzione Consenti notified.

To disable notifications for a single contact or group you must follow the same procedure as previously seen for Android: start WhatsApp, go to the tab Chat application and select the person or group to "mute". At this point, press on title bar located at the top of the screen, select the item silent from the menu that opens and choose whether to disable notifications for the contact / group selected for 8 hours, 1 weeks o Everlasting.



Of course, if you change your mind, you can activate notifications again for the "muted" person or group by returning to the previously used menu and deactivating the function silent.

Disable read receipt and last access to WhatsApp

Do you want to protect your privacy on WhatsApp by removing the confirmation of reading messages (the double blue check) or the date of yours Last Access (the one that appears in the title bar of the application)? No problem, it can be done, but one important thing must be specified: both of these settings provide for reciprocity between WhatsApp users. In other words, if you deactivate the last access or the blue ticks, not even you will be able to see the read receipts or the date of the last access to WhatsApp of your friends. All clear? Well, then let's take action.

  • To deactivate the confirmation of reading messages - open WhatsApp, go to the menu of settings and select the icon Account. Next, go on Privacy, uncheck the option Read confirmations And that's it. The setting has no effect on groups, where read receipts will remain active.
  • To deactivate the last access date - open WhatsApp, go to the menu of settings and select the icon Account. Then go up Privacy, "tap" on the option Last access and choose not to show the information to Nobody.

For more information on both of these procedures, I invite you to read my tutorials on how to be invisible on WhatsApp and how to remove last WhatsApp access.


Disable WhatsApp Web

After reading that Web WhatsApp can be used to spy on WhatsApp from your PC, are you afraid for your privacy and, therefore, would you like to deactivate the service from your account? No problem: by accessing the WhatsApp settings on your smartphone, you can close all open WhatsApp Web sessions and thus prevent someone from using the service to poke their nose into your remote conversations. The procedure to follow is extremely simple.


A terminal was used Androidavvia WhatsApp, press the ⋮ button located at the top right and select the item Web WhatsApp from the menu that appears. On the next screen, if you want to close a specific WhatsApp Web session (or even WhatsApp for Windows / macOS), press on it and answer Disconnect notice that appears on the screen. If, on the other hand, you want to close all open sessions of the service, tap on the item Disconnect from all devices and confirm by pressing on the item Disconnect.

If you have one iPhoneavvia WhatsApp, select the scheda Settings located at the bottom right, go up WhatsApp Web / Desktop and choose what to do. If you want to close a single WhatsApp Web session (or even WhatsApp for Windows / macOS), swipe it from right to left. If, on the other hand, you want to close all the sessions of the service at the same time, tap on the item Disconnect from all devices and confirm by answering Disconnect notice that appears on the screen.

Disable WhatsApp backup

You are using WhatsApp on a number that you want to keep highly private and, for this very reason, you want to avoid having copies of backup of your conversations on Google Drive o iCloud? Understandable, although - then don't tell me I didn't warn you - by deactivating WhatsApp backups you will lose the ability to restore your chats in case of reinstalling the app, formatting your smartphone or switching to another device. Having clarified this, let's get to the heart of the matter and see, together, how to disable backups on both Android and iPhone.

A device was used Android, you open WhatsApp, press the ⋮ button located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that opens. Next, go on Chat> Chat backup, tap on the item Backup to Google Drive and apponi il segno di spunta accanto alla voce Mai. Once this is done, connected to this web page, log in to your Google account (if necessary), click on the icon WhatsApp Messenger and press pulsating REMOVE ACCESS to block WhatsApp from accessing your Google Drive.

If you use a iPhoneinstead, start WhatsApp, select the scheda Settings located at the bottom right and go up Chat> Chat backup. At this point, tap on the option Automatic backup, put the check mark next to the item disable And that's it. Subsequently, to block access to iCloud by WhatsApp, go to the menu Settings of iOS, tap the you don't know, Then iCloud, scroll through the menu that is proposed to you and move to OFF the levetta relating to WhatsApp. Facile, see?

If any steps are not clear to you and / or you want more information on how to disable WhatsApp backup, consult the tutorial I dedicated to the topic.

Disable WhatsApp Status

As I also explained to you in my tutorial on how the WhatsApp Status works, two "States" are available in WhatsApp: the classic, textual one, which is displayed under your name on the contacts screen; and the one made up of photos and videos, which instead is a sort of Story, like those present on Instagram and WhatsApp (or, before that, Snapchat).

To deactivate both states, you have to act differently. If you use a terminal Androidavvia WhatsApp, press the ⋮ button located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that opens. On the next screen, to hide the status with photos and videos, go to Account> Privacy> Status, tick the option Share with and choose only the contacts to be allowed to view the status. By not selecting any name, the state will be hidden from everyone. To turn off Textual Status, go to the menu instead Settings> [your name], presses on the first field located under the heading Info and telephone number, tap on the icon pencilm replace your Current Status with a period and give OK.

If you use a iPhone and you want to turn off the Status with photos and videos, start WhatsApp, select the scheda Settings which is at the bottom right and go up Account> Privacy> Status, tick the option Share only with and choose the contacts with whom to share your country. By not selecting any names, the state will be hidden from everyone. To deactivate the textual state, instead, go to the menu Settings> [your name] and first presses on the field Info e poi quello Currently set as. Therefore, replace your current status with a point and press Save. Mission accomplished!

Disable WhatsApp account

You are so exasperated by the notifications that you have decided to disable WhatsApppermanently by deleting your account? To tell the truth it seems a bit rash choice, however you are "the boss" ... let's see how it's done!

To permanently unsubscribe from WhatsApp, all you have to do is start the application, go to the menu settings e selecionare prima la voce Account and then that Delete account from the latter. Then type in your mobile number, press the button Delete account And that's it.

I remind you that by deleting your account from WhatsApp you will lose all your conversations, backups and the application license. For more information about it, take a look at my guide on how to delete WhatsApp account.

Don't want to permanently cancel your account, but just transfer it to another number? Then go to the menu Settings> Accounts> Change number application and follow the onscreen instructions. It's very easy, I also told you about it in my tutorial on how to transfer WhatsApp.

Disable WhatsApp in case of theft

In the unfortunate event that your mobile phone has been stolen, you can deactivate your account on the stolen device by simply activating a new copy of the app with the same phone number.

If you can't activate a new copy of WhatsApp with the stolen mobile phone number, send an email to the address support@whatsapp.com inserting in the subject Lost / Stolen: Deactivation of my account and ask for the forced deactivation of the account. In the message you must enter your telephone number complete with international prefix.

If you don't reactivate your account within 30 days of deactivation, it will be completely deleted. More information about it is available on the official WhatsApp website.

Please note: all the procedures relating to Android illustrated in this tutorial also apply to WhatsApp Business, the professional version of WhatsApp, which I have told you about in depth in this guide.

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