One of WhatsApp key features is having the power to not only chat with one person, but chat with several individuals all at once, rather than chat with each person separately and relaying the message. However, just because you are in a group chat in WhatsApp, doesn’t always mean you want to be part of the conversation. You don’t want to constantly hear your notifications going off, indicating that there’s a new message in your WhatsApp group.

Is there a way to mute a WhatsApp group chat? As a matter of fact there is, and you can mute it for as long as you want. Well, sort of. What does it take to mute a group chat? Let’s show you how!

How to Mute a Group Chat in WhatsApp

1. Locate and launch WhatsApp.

Chat

2. Now, tap the Chat tab in the upper left corner of your screen. Alternatively, if you are using an iOS device, you will find the Chat tab in the lower left corner of your screen.

3. Select the WhatsApp group chat that you would like to mute. Select the conversation to open it.

group’s name

4. In the conversation, you’ll see the name of the group along the top of your screen, regardless of it being an Android device or iOS device. Go ahead and tap the group’s name.

Once redirected to the Group Info page, the next step depends entirely on your version of WhatsApp.

For Android Users:

Mute Notifications

Scroll down to Mute Notifications. There’s a slider to the right. Go ahead and move the slider to the right. In doing so, a window will appear, asking how long you wish to mute. Would you like to mute for 8 hours? 1 week? 1 year? That’s for you to decide. Once chosen, tap OK.

For iOS Users:

Scroll down and select Mute. A small menu will appear along the bottom of your screen, asking how long you wish to mute the group. Would you like to mute them for 8 hours, 1 week or 1 entire year? That’s for you to decide.

As you can see, if you want to silence a group for awhile, WhatsApp gives you that option. Unfortunately, the developers of WhatsApp do not give the option to input a custom time frame. The differences between the three options–8 hours, 1 week and 1 year–are quite drastic. To be fair, you can always unmute them if you’re halfway through a week of muting them.

With that being said, if you feel the need to mute a WhatsApp group chat, then take advantage of the steps above.