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How to avoid unwanted WhatsApp messages without blocking someone

WhatsApp lets users archive chats. Previously, the messaging platform used to alert even when an archived chat messaged or called. But, not anymore.

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In Short

  • Blocking someone on WhatsApp is really easy.
  • But if not blocking, WhatsApp lets users archive chats.
  • WhatsApp users can also mute chats forever.

By Sneha Saha: WhatsApp is used by millions of users on a daily basis. While it is a great platform to connect with friends and family members, there are also people who bug you a lot. Isn’t it? One way to get rid of such annoying people is blocking. But what if you do not want to block? Well, there’s a way for that as well.

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WhatsApp lets users archive chats. Previously, the messaging platform used to alert even when an archived chat messaged or called. But, not anymore. After one of the latest updates, WhatsApp now hides all notifications from chats that are archived. And I believe that’s one of the best features that the instant messaging platform has launched in a long time.

So, how can you archive a contact on WhatsApp?

Step 1: Update the WhatsApp app from App store or Play store.
Step 2: Open the app and search for the contact you wish to avoid
Step 3: Long press on the contact
Step 4: Click on archive
Step 5: Now, the contact will be seen only in the archive section until you unachieve it.

Now, the catch is, you can check notifications from archive chat by heading to the archive section any time. If you think the archive is not something that works for you, WhatsApp also lets you block contact. Well, in that case, you can never receive notifications – messages or calls – from the concerned person unless you decide to unblock.

Blocking a contact on WhatsApp is really easy. Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open WhatsApp app
Step 2: Select the contact you wish to block
Step 3: Open the WhatsApp chat
Step 4: Click on the name of the person at the top
Step 5: Scroll down and block on the “block” option.

There’s another way one can avoid a WhatsApp friend without blocking. Just mute the person. And how to do that?

Step 1: Open WhatsApp app
Step 2: Long press on contact after opening the app
Step 3: Click on Mute option
Step 4: Under mute, WhatsApp lets users mute the chat for – 8 hours, 1 week or Always.
Step 5: To mute someone forever, click on Always option. You can change the setting any time.