How to ‘leave’ a WhatsApp group without actually leaving

by Silvia Mazzetta Date: 10-09-2020 whatsapp tips guide

If you want to leave a WhatsApp group but don't want the 'You left the group' message to be displayed, read this article.

Some people love WhatsApp groups, and some people hate them from the first moment they get into one. And with the confinement and the pandemic we're experiencing, the groups have exploded in use.

Do you want to get out of one? It's easy and it takes a couple of touches on the screen, but some people don't want others to see that little message of "left the group", so what do you do? One solution is to silence them, but we can go further.

Leaving a WhatsApp group without actually leaving


Not only are we going to silence it, but we are going to disconnect all possible notifications, and also archive it so as not to read any more. For all intents and purposes it will be as if you had left it, even though you are still part of it, but at least the snitching message that you left will not come out, which can make other users so angry -although it is basically their problem, not yours.

  • Enter the WhatsApp group you're getting sick of
  • Look up at the drop-down menu icon - the three dots vertically
  • Open it and click on Group Info
  • Click on the first option, 'Mute Notifications' - if you haven't already done so - and check that you don't want to receive notifications
  • Go back to Group Info and look under the Mute option for the "Custom Notifications" option. Login and activate it if you were not already using it.
  • Look for either 'Notifications and Alerts', or 'Use High Priority Notifications', and uncheck the one you have

With this you will not have any notifications again, nor will you be bothered with alerts from the WhatsApp group - but at the end of the year when the time for having the chat silenced is over, you will have to do it again. But let's add something else: you're going to archive that WhatsApp group, not to have that chat with those who use more of your list. To do this:


How to archive a chat

  • In the Chats tab, press and hold the chat you want to archive.
  • In the top menu, select the Archive Chat icon.
  • Once you archive the chat you won't see it on your Chats tab.

How to unarchive a chat

  • Scroll to the bottom of the Chats tab.
  • Click on Archived chats.
  • Click and hold on the chat you want to unarchive.
  • From the top menu, select the Unarchive Chat icon.

WhatsApp Vacation Mode

The problem with archiving is that, if people keep writing, you may find yourself back there - even though with what you've done you won't see any notifications or anything. To do this, WhatsApp has a function to move you to another place, the Vacation mode we heard about in 2018 and which has returned a few days ago.

What is the Vacation mode for?

Once activated in Options -it is removed by default-, the 'Vacation Mode' prevents a chat that we have archived from going back out if it receives a new message, keeping that conversation in the archive without leaving until the user decides.

How does it work?

Once you have the feature available on your WhatsApp, you will see that the archived chats will be moved to the top of the conversation list under the same heading: 'Archived Chats'. If you tap this option you will be able to log in and see all the listed chats you decided to archive, and also another tab called 'Notifications': Here you have 2 different options:

- Notify new messages: Activated by default so you know who is writing to you even if you have archived them, if you decide to deactivate this function, you will be activating the Vacation mode, so the archived chats will still remain in the archive when new messages arrive and you won't know it.

- Automatically hide inactive chats: this is an extension of the vacation mode. When enabled, if a chat is older than 6 months, it will be automatically archived.


Sign up for WhatsApp Beta


Not available at the moment for the public version of WhatsApp, if you want to try the Vacation mode to 'cement' your departure from a group, you can become a beta tester or tester of WhatsApp, something very simple in Android: just go to the Google Play store to find the test version (or directly on this link).

WhatsApp Beta is the testing ground of the app in which all the features and new features that are to come, and therefore we must be careful because since they are Beta versions, they contain errors, bugs and bugs to be outlined before they are officially available for the standard version of the app.

Therefore there are some risks regarding bugs and that they are unstable versions, but in return the tests before those who only have the normal WhatsApp. The best thing is that the process is reversible, and if you do not want to continue using WhatsApp Beta, simply uninstall it, access the Play Store and install the standard WhatsApp app. It's that easy.

by Silvia Mazzetta Date: 10-09-2020 whatsapp tips guide hits : 34751  
Silvia Mazzetta

Silvia Mazzetta

Web Developer, Blogger, Creative Thinker, Social media enthusiast, Italian expat in Spain, mom of little 9 years old geek, founder of  @manoweb. A strong conceptual and creative thinker who has a keen interest in all things relate to the Internet. A technically savvy web developer, who has multiple  years of website design expertise behind her.  She turns conceptual ideas into highly creative visual digital products. 


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