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How to disable WhatsApp calls

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Disable WhatsApp calling on Android

Possiedi one smartphone Android and you are interested in understanding how to succeed disable calls on WhatsApp? Then follow the instructions on what to do that you find right below.

As mentioned at the beginning, a dedicated feature is not available at the moment (and it is not known if it ever will be), but using some "standard" features it is easily solved.

Turn off ringtones and vibrations



As I told you, some of the functions included in WhatsApp can be particularly useful for limiting the annoyance generated by unwanted VoIP calls. In this regard, you can first take care of turn off ringtones and vibrations. In this way, when you receive a WhatsApp call it will be silenced.

To do this, grab your phone, unlock it, go to the screen where there are the icons of all the apps and start WhatsApp. Then press the button with the three dots vertically collocato in alto a destra and seleziona la voce Settings give the menu to compare.

At this point, select the dicitura Notifications, scroll down the screen that opens to the bottom, locate the section Call notifications and set the options RingtoneVibration respectively on silent e Off.

In case of second thoughts, just press the button with i again three dots vertically on the main WhatsApp screen, select Settings from the menu that opens, go to the section Notifications> Call Notifications and select Ringtone default e default next to the options Ringtone e Vibration.

If you want, you can also “silence” the ringtone of a single contact, leaving it active for all the others. To do this, select the contact to "mute" in the tab Chat of the app, tap the button with i three dots vertically collocato in alto a destra and seleziona la voce Show contact give the menu check if you press.



In the screen you now see, select the item Personalized notifications, metti il ​​segno di spunta accanto alla voce Use custom notifications and set the options Call notifications> Ringtone e Call notifications> Vibration respectively on None e Off.

In case of second thoughts, just select the reference contact again, tap the button with i three dots vertically, then on the voice Show contact from the menu that opens and, finally, select the item Personalized notifications and remove the check from the option Use custom notifications on the next screen.

I will block a contatto

The function of calls on WhatsApp in general does not create any problems for you but would you like to avoid being phoned via VoIP by a specific contact? Block it (even if only temporarily) and the problem is solved! In this way, however, I want to clarify it, not only will you no longer receive calls from that particular contact but also normal messages.

To do this, first of all grab your mobile phone, unlock it, go to the screen where there are the icons of all the apps and tap on the WhatsApp icon. At this point, press the button with i three dots vertically at the top right and select the item Settings give the menu to compare.

In the screen that is now shown to you, presses on the item Account, by your complaint Privacy, select the option Contacts blocked e pigia sull 'icona dell'omino located at the top right. Then select the name of the person to block and that's it.


If you have to think again, you can unlock the blocked contacts by tapping the button with i three dots vertically on the main WhatsApp screen, by selecting the item Settings from the menu that appears, by going to the section Privacy> Blocked contacts, by tapping on the reference contact and pressing on the wording Unblock [contact name] you see appear on the screen.


If you want to learn more about blocking contacts, I invite you to refer to my tutorial dedicated specifically to how to block a person on WhatsApp.

Reduce data consumption

Do you want to avoid using WhatsApp calls because you are afraid of consuming too much data traffic? If that's the case, you don't need to disable the feature in question. Much more trivially, you just need to activate the feature attached to the famous app that allows, precisely, to reduce data consumption under 3G / LTE network (but also reducing the audio quality)

To enable it, first grab your smartphone, unlock it, access the screen where there are the icons of all the applications and tap on the WhatsApp icon. Then press the button with i three dots vertically collocato in alto a destra and seleziona la voce Settings give the menu to compare.

Finally, select the item I use data and archives in the new screen that appears and put the check mark next to the item Reduced data consumption. Done!

In case of second thoughts, press the button with i three dots vertically placed on the main WhatsApp screen, select the item Settings, go to the section I use data and archives and remove the tick from the option Reduced data consumption.


Disable WhatsApp calling on iPhone

Possiedi a iPhone? Even in this case, you can disable calls on WhatsApp, or rather you can avoid being disturbed by receiving them, by blocking specific contacts. Then, if your iPhone has jalbroken, you can use a special tweak that can be particularly useful in this regard. To find out more, please continue reading.

Ah, I almost forgot: as regards the ability to silence calls, unfortunately in the case of iOS the functionality is no longer available.


I will block a contatto

If you want to block calls from a single person, you can block the latter. In this way, however, it is good that you keep this in mind, you will not only prevent the reception of VoIP calls but also that of the "common" messages.

To block a certain contact, grab your iPhone, unlock it, access the home screen and select the WhatsApp icon. In the application screen that you now see, presses on the item Settings located at the bottom right, tap on the wording Account and then on that Privacy.

In the new screen displayed, presses on the item Blocked, awarded his Add, select the contact to block from the list that appears and that's it.

In case of second thoughts, you can unblock the blocked contact by going to the section again Settings> Accounts> Privacy> WhatsApp Blocked, by pressing on the name of the contact person and selecting the item Unblock contact from the next screen.

For more information on what to do, you can refer to my guide specifically dedicated to blocking contacts on WhatsApp that I linked to you a few lines above, in the step dedicated to Android.

Alternatively, you can use the call blocking included in iOS, which however turns out to be a little more invasive as it also acts on "normal" calls. By using it, in fact, the reference contact will not be blocked on WhatsApp, so you can continue to message with it, but any type of call coming from it will be blocked. For more information, I invite you to read my article on how to block a mobile number on iPhone.

Reduce data consumption

Finally, I would like to point out that if it was your intention to deactivate the calls received via WhatsApp to avoid excessive data consumption, you can easily cope with this by enabling the special function which, in fact, allows you to save on the use of the 3G / 4G connection when calls are made and received via VoIP.

To enable this function, grab your iPhone, unlock it, access the home screen and select the WhatsApp icon. After that, press on the voice Settings at the bottom right, tap on the wording I use data and archives in the displayed screen and brings up ON l'interruttore che trovi accanto alla voce Reduced data consumption.

If you change your mind, you can deactivate the function at any time by going back to the section Settings> Data usage and storage app and bringing up again OFF the relevant switch. Easier than that?

Third party tools

To conclude, as they say, I want to report that if you have unlocked your iPhone by subjecting it to the procedure of jailbreak, as I explained to you in my tutorial dedicated specifically to the topic, you can download and install the tweak Watusi which adds numerous additional functions to WhatsApp.

One of these is the request for confirmation for calls, which prevents a telephone call via VoIP from being automatically initiated by pressing the handset icon. Instead of the phone call, a menu is shown that allows you to choose whether to make the call via the WhatsApp VoIP system or via the standard telephone line (as happened in the older versions of the application).

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