WhatsApp is an app that never fails to find a place on our mobile phones. Anyone who doesn’t live under a rock uses WhatsApp to chat with friends, family, clients, and colleagues– literally with anyone who can chat.
With the sheer simplicity of its interface and ease of use, it’s no wonder that the app is used by over two billion people worldwide. It has become an inseparable part of our lives.
As much as the app is useful, the simplicity– and the resulting addiction– of WhatsApp can sometimes become a bit overwhelming, and you might want to take a break from the messaging app and all its messages for some time.
However, you cannot take a break from WhatsApp just by not using it, as there will always be messages popping up, distracting you. The ultimate solution is to uninstall WhatsApp or somehow prevent it from connecting to the internet. This blog will discuss the second case.
If you are wondering whether you can disable internet access specifically for WhatsApp without disconnecting from the web, the answer is a big YES.
Let’s first discuss a method that actually works for most devices irrespective of brand or model.
How to Stop Whatsapp from Connecting to the Internet
This method is hands-down the simplest way to restrict internet access to WhatsApp. You can stop WhatsApp from connecting to the internet while still using the internet for all other purposes.
Force-stopping an app stops an app from functioning altogether, and doing that with WhatsApp effectively means cutting it off from the web– until you open it again. Follow these steps to force-stop WhatsApp:
Step 1: Open your phone’s Settings app.
Step 2: Scroll through the screen and locate Applications (you might see Apps, Applications, or Application Manager, depending on your phone).
Step 3: Go to the Applications screen and find WhatsApp from the list. Tap on it to open the App info page for WhatsApp.
Step 4: You will see the Force Stop button at the bottom of the App info screen. Tap on it, and hit on OK to confirm the action.
That’s it. WhatsApp will be cut off from the internet, and you won’t receive any messages and calls. Anyone who sends you a message won’t see the double-tick, either. In other words, WhatsApp will be temporarily disabled.
What if you want to use the app again? Simple- just open the app and use it. Just remember that the moment you open the app again, it will start working as usual, and you will get all the unreceived messages. Whenever you feel like taking another break, just hit that Force Stop button again, and WhatsApp will go to deep sleep.
Now, let’s talk about a useful third-party app that can help you restrict WhatsApp’s access to the internet without Force Stop.