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WhatsApp finally lets you mute a contact or group forever

You could previously only mute a chat for up to a year.

Published onOctober 1, 2020

WhatsApp always mute feature
Hadlee Simons / Android Authority
  • WhatsApp is now pushing out the ability to always mute a chat.
  • This replaces the option to mute a chat for a year.
  • The company is also offering a redesigned storage management page.

One of the most annoying things about WhatsApp is that you can’t mute a contact or group chat permanently, as the messaging app only lets you mute chats for eight hours, a week, or a year.

We got word earlier this year that WhatsApp was working to let you mute contacts and group chats forever, and it looks like the feature is finally rolling out to beta users now (replacing the option to mute a chat for a year). Frequent leaker WABetaInfo spotted the new addition, noting that the always mute option is now available in version of the app.

We can see the always mute option in version of WhatsApp though, suggesting that you don’t necessarily need the latest version of the app to get the feature. It also suggests that this could be a server-side update. Nevertheless, these sorts of features tend to take a few days to reach everyone anyway.

This isn’t the only new addition rolling out to WhatsApp users, as the tipster reports that a redesigned storage management page is being pushed out as well. We can’t see it on version or of the app, so you might not want to hold your breath for this one just yet. Check out a screenshot of the new storage management page below, courtesy of WABetaInfo.

WhatsApp storage usage redesign WABetaInfo

The new storage management menu will offer a more granular look at what’s taking up space on your phone. Some of the more notable ways it does this is by showing large/forwarded files and suggesting files for deletion. But the legacy ability to view storage consumption by chat is still here too.

These latest additions join several other new features brought to WhatsApp in 2020, such as more participants in video/audio calls, advanced search functionality, and a dark mode.

Next: How to backup WhatsApp — Never lose a message again

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