How to disable the Internet for WhatsApp

Updated: May 15, 2023
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How to disable the Internet for WhatsApp
by Oleksandr Lazariev
Tech Expert & Writer
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When WhatsApp users do not want to be disturbed, they can try turning off WhatsApp's Internet. Indeed, this method seems most reasonable if you don't want to block anyone.

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How to turn off the WhatsApp network

How to disable the Internet for WhatsApp

WhatsApp internet shutdown is quite easy to perform. In our article, we will talk about two quick methods.

Although we will explain the operations on the example of the Android platform, the WhatsApp network can be turned off on iPhone by following almost the same paths. In addition, the Android operating system may contain various menu names on different devices. So the processes we will describe can be applied differently on your device.

Restrict background data, Wi-Fi, and network

  1. Press and hold the WhatsApp application icon and press on the application information section.
  2. Tap Data usage details.
  3. Activate the Restrict background data and Network restrictions.
  4. Finally, disable the Mobile networks so that WhatsApp runs in the background without sending messages.

Put WhatsApp to sleep

How to disable the Internet for WhatsApp
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. From the Settings menu, go to Battery.
  3. Enter the application battery management.
  4. Find WhatsApp in this list and tap it.
  5. Disable the "Allow background activity" and "Allow foreground activity" options for WhatsApp to show the Internet off.
  6. Finally, disable "Allow automatic startup".
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Do WhatsApp messages continue working when the Internet is off?

When the Internet is off, the messages you receive are put on hold on the server. Whenever you activate your Internet, the message on the server is forwarded to you. Whether you turn off the Internet completely or turn it off with the above method, the situation is the same.

These are the steps that'll help you to turn off WhatsApp's Internet. You must follow the opposite steps to activate the Internet only for WhatsApp. For example, you can make some options active again.

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