A constant presence on Google Play and the App Store’s top apps charts, it’s one of the first apps you’ll download when you buy a new phone and almost certainly your biggest source of notification on a typical day.
However, if you have the finger speed and are willing to commit the commands to memory, you can do exactly that.
Android users can do this by hitting the Menu button in a group chat and selecting Mute, while i Phone users can find the same option in the Group Info section of a conversation.
Whats App can be a data-sapping terror if you’re not on a generous plan, with photos, videos and voice messages capable of gobbling through the lion’s share of your allowance in no time.
On Android, hit More in your conversation’s menu, followed by Email Chat.
On i OS, tap the top bar above your conversation and select Email Chat.
However, bear in mind that by hiding your own read receipts, you’ll also lose the ability to see when your own sent messages have been read. You can sneakily read messages without those blue ticks appearing on your friend’s screen and disabling read receipts by enabling Aeroplane Mode before launching the app and opening the message in question.