How to disable “WhatsApp Web is Currently Active” notification on Android

February 18, 2017 - Tech

With the most recent update to WhatsApp, a new annoying notification is being displayed if you’re using their WhatsApp Web feature.

The WhatsApp Web feature allows you to mirror the WhatsApp application on your phone to your browser. It’s a great benefit for those that use WhatsApp often to communicate; it allows you to read and respond┬áto messages via web browser.

However, an update to the Android app (not sure if this is happening on iOS) has an irritating new notification that shows up in the running apps in the pulldown menu. A constant “WhatsApp Web is Currently Active” when you’re using the feature.

And you can’t easily swipe it away. Long pressing on the notification doesn’t give one a sense of how to disable it either.

How to disable “WhatsApp Web is Currently Active” notification

In order to get rid of this notification, first I went into my WhatsApp settings — you can get there through the app menu or by long pressing the actual notification. From there, you can’t easily tell which option allows you to disable it. At first I thought it was the “Set as Priority” option — but that is already disabled for me. The only two notifications that I have enabled were: “Allow notifications” and “Preview in pop-ups”

I turned off “Preview in pop-ups” and that seemed to do the trick; switching this off disabled the “WhatsApp Web” notification on my Android phone. What sucks about this is that it also turns off the preview of individual messages when I go to view them in the pulldown menu.

UPDATE: So I lied, this method didn’t work entirely. The next day, the notification showed up again. Even though it still shows up on my notification menu, it’s not always present (even when WhatsApp Web is active).

We hope that WhatsApp’s next Android update will allow to pick and choose which pulldown mennu notifications we can enable and disable.

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  1. Mritunjay says:

    Bro there is a way to remove that notification. I tried doing something to remove that notification nd boom, it worked. First thing backup your WhatsApp from within the app. Backing up locally will also work, you need to backup so that you don’t loose your previous messages. Logout your WhatsApp web account from app. After that uninstall your WhatsApp nd login it from another smartphone nd cross-check weather WhatsApp web is active or not on new device. Now all you need to do is again install WhatsApp on your previous phone nd login there. WhatsApp web notification get removed. This thing worked for me. I can’t assure you that it will work or not. But you can try nd what’s harm in trying.

    • stuart says:

      Thanks Mritunjay. Always good to have another option to disable. For those that don’t want to go those lengths, hopefully Whatsapp updates the app to remove this annoying feature.

    • Shailesh says:

      Can you please explain the process a little bit more…… That would be really helpful…. Thnks

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