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You Can Finally Mute WhatsApp Conversations Forever

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Every chat service should provide, at minimum, three things: a way to mute conversations so your chatty friends never bother you again, a way to leave conversations without notifying the group that you have, and a way to keep active conversations from popping up at the top of your messages list if you don’t want them to.

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WhatsApp might not let you do all three just yet, but at least you can now mute group and individual conversations permanently on the service, which will at least prevent your device from being spammed with notifications that aren’t relevant to you.

To get started, make sure you’re running the latest version of WhatsApp available on Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store. Launch WhatsApp, long-press on a conversation you want to mute, and tap the mute icon—which looks like a speaker with a line going through it—in the app’s top toolbar (on Android) or at the bottom of the screen (on iOS.)

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In the screen that appears, simply tap “Always” and make sure “Show notifications” is unchecked. Now you’ll no longer get pinged when people have added, and added, and added to the conversation. Easy, right?

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The one quirk of this solution is that it won’t make these conversations go away. You won’t be notified about new messages, but everyone else in the chat will still be able to talk to each other. And when they do, that’ll bounce the conversation to the top of WhatsApp’s list.

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If you don’t want this to happen, your only option is to leave the conversation altogether. To do so, tap into the chat, and then tap the triple-dot icon in the upper-right corner on Android or swipe left to access the icon on iOS. Tap on More, and then select “Exit group” to make your final goodbye. An archive of your conversation up until that point will remain on your WhatsApp list, but you won’t see anything new that people say in the group.

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Doing so will notify said group that you left, however, which is my personal pet peeve. Every chat app should have an “Irish Goodbye” option; I don’t want my friends to get butthurt because I have no more time for or interest in hearing about their adventures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Perhaps that option will be added in some future WhatsApp update; until then, being able to mute everyone forever is its own reward.

(And, yes, you can also mute individual WhatsApp conversations. But if you’re doing that, you might want to rethink your friendship with the person on the other end—unless they’re just really damn chatty.)

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

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