How to Block Someone’s Status on Whatsapp

When the status feature was initially launched on WhatsApp five years ago, not all its users were happy about it. In fact, it was a collective demand of a large user community to take the feature. Many even criticized WhatsApp for copying Instagram.

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However, just as humans can get used to absolutely anything with time, the same was the case for this feature. Very soon, people started uploading statuses to wish their friends and family on special occasions, followed by the meme culture that’s prevalent on the platform even now.

But there are some people on WhatsApp who upload too many statuses of every random thing, even irrelevant songs and videos that you’d rather not see.

Are you wondering if there’s a way to avoid seeing their status for good? That’s the question we aim to answer in our blog today. Let’s get started!

Can You Block Someone’s Whatsapp Status?

Yes, you can easily block someone’s WhatsApp status. However, this feature has not been released by WhatsApp exclusively for statuses so far. In other words, if you want to block someone’s WhatsApp status, you’ll have to block them all together on the platform.

This means that they’ll be blocked from texting or calling you, checking your display pictures and statuses: a complete severing of all ties between you two on the platform. So, if that’s something you are okay with, you can go ahead and block them on WhatsApp.

However, if this isn’t what you had in mind, blocking might not be the right choice for you. Wondering what else can be? Stick with us a little longer to find out.

How to Block Someone’s Whatsapp Status

If someone’s WhatsApp statuses annoy you a great deal, but they’re pretty decent people that you don’t want to cut out of your life, we have a peaceful way out for you. Instead of confronting them about it or simply blocking them on the platform, you can also opt to mute their status.

Muting someone’s status is a safer option because, aside from the visibility of their status, it doesn’t make any changes in your dynamic with this person on the platform. It also doesn’t leave any room for the next person to figure out that you’ve done it unless they check it in your phone themselves.

Lastly, but most importantly, the process of muting someone’s status on WhatsApp is as easy to undo as it is to do in the first place.

With all that being said, there isn’t much left for us to do except guide you in the process. Given below are the steps you need to follow in order to mute someone’s status on WhatsApp:

Step 1: Navigate WhatsApp’s icon from your smartphone’s menu grid to launch the app on your device.

Step 2: You’ll find yourself on the CHATS tab first. From here, you can either swipe left or tap on the STATUS option written next to CHATS.

Whichever method you choose, you’ll ultimately land on the STATUS tab of WhatsApp.

Step 3: On this tab, right below the My Status option, you’ll see two different sections: Recent updates and Viewed updates.

Scroll through both these lists unless you find the person whose status you’d like to mute.  When you find their name, long-press on it.

Step 4: Upon doing so, a dialogue box will appear on your screen, asking if you want to Mute XYZ’s status updates?

The question will be followed by two more options: CANCEL and MUTE

Tap on the second option, and you’ll see their status disappearing from your list. When this happens, consider the process done.

Where does a person’s status go after you mute them? 

If you’re muting someone’s status on WhatsApp for the first time, it is natural for you to wonder what happens after you go through with it. Are all their future updates removed from your account immediately? Well, not really. 

This might sound surprising, but even after you’ve muted someone’s status, it still continues to exist in your STATUS bar. Yes, you read that right. But if that’s the case, what did muting change?

Summing It Up

If you’ve been paying attention so far, you’d already know that such a thing is impossible without blocking them completely, which would cut all ties between you two on the platform. We’ve also provided you with a safer alternative to avoid seeing someone’s WhatsApp status without blocking them: muting their statuses!

If we helped solve your problem, do let us know which complicated process you’d want to know about next in the comments below.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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