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 to 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.