WhatsApp users who want to avoid their friends or colleagues can disappear without uninstalling the app.
Privacy features for mobile devices allow users to disguise themselves to fly under the radar.
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As Sprout Wired reports, there are several ways to exit the app without deleting it.
Forcing the app to stop is one solution that can be useful for users who want to stop receiving messages from the app.
To do this, the user can access the Applications tab and find WhatsApp.
They can then tap on the Messenger icon and select “Force Stop.”
Then on the same screen, the user can tap the mobile data area and disable “Background data”.
This process only works when connected to mobile data and not WiFi.
As Sprout Wired reports, after going through the process, the user does not receive messages even when 4G is on.
The app can also be temporarily disabled, which can be done in the “Help” tab.
The user has to inform the app that their device is lost so that the company can unlink the account.
There is a grace period of 30 days to reactivate the account.
It’s normal to quickly check any incoming messages from WhatsApp, but turning off notifications can help users who want to take some time off.
This can be adjusted in the phone’s settings or through the app itself where the user can customize the sound, vibration, pop-up, light and notification style.
Turning off read receipts can help the user feel less pressured to respond to messages quickly.
Users can also use a timer to limit their usage if they need a break.
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