I made three simple iPhone changes to curb my WhatsApp addiction — and it’s life-changing

OUR phones are there to make life easier, so why do I feel like a slave to mine?

The constant barrage of notifications made me nervous and always wondering what the latest alert is.

I've made three changes and feel so much freer for it


I’ve made three changes and feel so much freer for itPhoto credit: Getty

And the main culprit is news Whatsappavailable with almost every friend and family member at your fingertips.

Not forgetting the flow of groups.

Of course, I could just delete the app, but then I would go too far in the other direction and shut myself off completely.

As for screen time Properties – I didn’t find this particularly useful either, other than telling me how bad my addiction is.

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So I decided to take drastic action – and the results have been truly liberating.

Disable Last Seen on WhatsApp

My first problem is feeling pressured to respond to people.

Sometimes you just want to walk in and tell someone you’re going to be late.

But anyone who sent you a message can see that you were online and didn’t reply.

If this is on your mind like me, turn off last seen, it helps.

Go to settings > account > privacy > Last seen and select No one.

Disable read receipts on WhatsApp

I also found turning it off helpful read receipts so I can look at messages and not feel rushed to reply immediately.

This means there are no more blue ticks for both the sender and you when reading a message.

You can turn off read receipts by going to settings > account > privacy and turn the read receipts turn off.

Disable WhatsApp notifications

This was by far the biggest and most life changing step.

The worst problem I found was the message notification.

Then it occurs to me that I have a message and forces me to check.

Disabling notifications means I only go on WhatsApp when I want to and not when a notification tells me to.

dr Ben Carter of King’s College London, who has researched this area, was not surprised by my problem.

“You don’t know when they’ll arrive, you don’t know what they say. So if you get one, are you curious if that’s positive, will you get a dopamine hit from it?

“So I’m not at all surprised when you turn them off, you’re not looking for that hit, it goes away.”

To turn off notifications, go to the main iPhone settings and select notifications.

Find Whatsapp from the list and flip the switch next to allow notifications the end.

Hopefully you are now feeling more free from your phone.

WhatsApp has more than 2 billion users


WhatsApp has more than 2 billion usersPhoto credit: Getty
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