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Here’s how to go ‘invisible’ on WhatsApp

WhatsApp, as long as you have it on your smartphone, you simply can’t get rid of it. So, if you are planning to go “invisible” on WhatsApp, there is no simple option apart from deleting the app. However, it is not possible to
delete and reinstall WhatsApp every time you wish to go invisible for a limited period of time.

Whether you have switched off ‘Blue tick read receipts’ or not, the sender in a way always gets a hint as to whether you have read the message or not. This is because the moment you open WhatsApp, you are shown as ‘Online’ to your contacts. Now, officially, there is not a one-tap solution to silence WhatsApp for a limited time period. Having said this is how you can still manage to go “invisible” on WhatsApp by tweaking the settings a bit without rooting your Android phone.

Disable the WhatsApp notification tone :-

There’s no option to select ‘No Ringtone’ for your WhatsApp messages or calls. By default you will have to select a ringtone. If you want to silence it then you have no other option apart from putting your mobile on silent mode. The easiest hack around this is to create your own silent ringtone. Just record pin-drop silence for 2 seconds by using your audio recorder app and save it by a proper file name (For example silent ringtone). Open WhatsApp ❯ Settings ❯ Notifications. Select that ‘silent ringtone’ as your Notification tone and call ringtone.

Disable WhatsApp notifications for new messages :-

Go to your phone settings (under the general Android settings) ❯ Apps ❯ Open list of Apps ❯ Select WhatsApp ❯ Tap on Notification and disable all notifications for WhatsApp. Disable vibration and popups as well. Now, you will not get to know whether you have got any new messages unless and until you purposely open WhatsApp.

Disable notification light for WhatsApp :-

Open WhatsApp ❯ Settings ❯ Notifications ❯ Light. Select ‘none’. After this simply remove the WhatsApp shortcut from your home screen. By following these steps, you will continue to get WhatsApp messages in the background but you will never get to know about them. Out of sight and out of mind. No more WhatsApp tone for notifications to disturb you. To know whether you have received any WhatsApp text you will have to open WhatsApp inside the app menu and then check.

Prevent WhatsApp from getting access to your mobile internet data :-

Go to your phone settings (under the general Android settings) ❯ Apps ❯ Open list of Apps ❯ Select WhatsApp. Then click on ‘Force stop’.

Disable background data access :-

Then disable ‘Background data’ (inside Data option) and finally, revoke all app permissions for WhatsApp. This will ‘kill’ WhatsApp altogether without uninstalling it. However, you will still continue to get messages the moment you open WhatsApp. But now you know how to ignore them altogether.

Don’t open WhatsApp after hitting the “Force Stop” :-

If you want the sender of the messages to not get a “Double Tick” signifying the delivery of the message then simply don’t open WhatsApp after you ‘Force Stop’ it from your phone settings.

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