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Windows Phone 8.1 will feature muted conversations

Information on Windows Phone 8.1 keep coming out. We can really thank the leak of the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK for most of the new stuff.

Today we’re highlighting a singular feature that might not really be groundbreaking, but it’s beyond useful. In Windows Phone 8.1 you’ll be able to mute conversations in the messaging app. Is your mom texting you too much or did you get looped into a group SMS that just won’t end? Mute them all.

The muting feature can reportedly be used on a conversation with an individual or a group. This isn’t the same as blocking someone, instead when you mute a contact, you’ll still receive their messages. The only difference is that muted conversations won’t notify you or show up in the Live Tile count. Conversations can just as easily be un-muted. That’s a handy feature for that one relative or friend who just messages too much. Windows Phone Central has also independently confirmed this as an inbound feature for the OS.

Another feature we haven’t really covered is the ability to set an app as default for voice navigation. A great feature if you’re using a third-party app for navigation and prefer it.

Anyone else looking forward to muting conversations in Windows Phone 8.1? Don’t forget to check out our comprehensive feature list for Windows Phone 8.1.

Source: @tighoor 1, 2, 3; Also, special thanks to Jeremy Sinclair (@sinclairinator) for the images

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4thesporty says:

Best feature yet

ThePKReddy says:

Agree. Too many annoying friends who wont stfu

Jaskys says:

They aren't your friends then

RayWP7 says:

I disagree. Just because people are my friends doesn't mean I need to keep being notified on a thread that isn't important. Especially if I'm on call and NEED to hear coming text notifications or other notices and therefore can't mute my phone. Muting a conversation is definitely handy. My job pays my bills not my friends and not my family.

Nicely said!

 

Whatsapp already has this, but I hope they will import the ability to mute group messages completely. Since Live tiles (and soon action center) are good enough for those spam messages friends send in groups.

rodneyej says:

You're one of those who needs to STFU... ;-).... Just joking.

adrian1338 says:

Of all people on here - you are truely not in the position to demand this

rodneyej says:

Lol❕❕❕❕... What do you mean, Adrian❔

Rishicash says:

I think it's his caffeine intake. I heard he drinks coffee with Red Bull chasers all day. That would explain a lot. 

ThePKReddy says:

No. They're real friends/family with some annoying traits. Some have a habit of getting intoxicated and sending pointless messages, which as someone else mentioned disrupts my phone (work call, interrupt music while driving, notifications while im in dreamland, etc). Anyway, this is an exciting feature. Cheers

Lumia 8x says:

You mean your Facebook friends? They aren't your real friends are they?

It is cool. I want system wide voice text input too, then I'll be a happy camper.

flygeani says:

Messaging password would be awesome too.

justin071894 says:

Did you read the article at all? That's not the point of the feature.

josloc says:

You can block number now using CALL+SMS FILTER in setting!

OMG55 says:

What do you have to hide from your girlfriend or wife??? Sound suspicious to me! Guess we know your type, always looking to be sneaky

DenisSuncity says:

And I would like oposite. Some kind of app that records all my activity protected by password known only to my wife so she can stfu repeating that I delete everything before she noticed it :)

Thimbro says:

Best news yet.

peachy001 says:

Quite surprised at this, not something I will use. So many people seemed pleased, which is all good for WP.

markk132 says:

omg this is INCREDIBLE.  i can't tell you how many senseless group conversations i end up in on a weekly basis.

Yup. It's all the little things in this update that will make it go a long way for users. Bravo, Microsoft.

markk132 says:

i could've sworn i had heard of a phone that could do this, but i guess not because upon searching the web, i couldn't find it.  so i think WP 8.1 will be the first OS with this kind of feature.  my friends will be envious for sure

rockstarzzz says:

Wait till Apple invents this.

sahib lopez says:

And apple with revolutionize the way we text !

big_slim750 says:

Im actually wondering the same. I wonder if iOS or Android have any features or modifications that handle something like this... As far as I know, they don't.

Residing says:

Well, if those two operating systems don't have it, given the WP8.1 leaks, they will have plenty of time to implement this feature on iPhone/Android devices, especially if Microsoft drags their feet on the 'go live' date (whenever that'll be)...

OMG55 says:

Just like the thumbing keyboard Apple quickly put into ios7 when Microsoft spilled the beans

Sean D. says:

Or how long the carriers have it sitting on their servers holding it hostage for God knows what fucked up reasons!

Getting real tired of your shit T-mobile!

Acbuono5 says:

Has there been leaks on what Nokia will be adding to 8.1 update in a firmware update?...if anything?

rockstarzzz says:

There wont be any Nokia come WP8.1. By end of March it will be MSFT game.

SAM 77 says:

I hope it gets shut down some how.

I dont want an MS branded phone. I dont want phones where the design will be influenced by American management.

US designers dont know what looks good if it hit them in the face.

Which is amazing when you think about all the super hot military jets that nation has produced. Its a shame that the auto, elec industry is so archaic when it comes to design.

Euros design the most beautiful cars and goods. Leave them alone!!!!!!!!!

OMG55 says:

Nothing besides tap-to-wake on all phones. They're putting it in the skinned stupid Android device. I just don't understand why Microsoft won't just release the surface phone they have as a plan b. Nokia is selling to Microsoft and still is supposably release their Android device. Microsoft needs to take off the f'ing gloves.

sarim_xyz says:

Another awesome feature would be if MS adds an option to "mute it for X hours", something like what Whatsapp does. But it is still welcome :) :) Can't wait for 8.1 now!! I want it on April 2 for myself :D ;P

paras chugh says:

since we can change the default messaging app.....it will help me in muting some whatsapp and facebook groups....does android or ios have this feature or are we the only lucky ones?

 

rubenbest says:

Whatsapp already has muting

crise says:

How do you mute a person in whatsapp?

rubenbest says:

Its actually group messaging where you can mute. But you push the ... At the bottom of the group chat and press info. It should come up with the option to mute the group chat

Tamer81 says:

Can we change the default messaging app? WTFFFFFF!

rockstarzzz says:

We are first till Apple invents this.

rodneyej says:

Lol❕❕❕❕... Right..

sayonical says:

Been begging for this feature in wp groups especially since a lot of the members are in different time zones

Mayur says:

For that I think "Quite Hours" will be more suited.

crise says:

Handy for when you are cheating on your wife. You won't get unexpected stuff from your affair popping up.

lol, well, there's that...

SwimSwim says:

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

I'm dying!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

My old palm had a feature that I found very useful. You were able to make a contact invisible or hide their name with an ugly bar across their contact name however if they called you their name would appear. Very useful for ex-girlfriends or unimportant contacts that you are probably never going to call but you will know when they call.

2tomtom says:

And does your wife have a Windows Phone?

WhippedKream says:

Wow that's kinda fucked up to say dude

crise says:

Don't worry I'm single and not the cheating kind, but I can imagine the possibilities with this muting..

Sean D. says:

Well... you can always mind your busines and let this guy live how he chooses... right?

foxibs says:

I never cheated on my girlfriends.

stephking92 says:

Girlfriend with an 's'.

foxibs says:

Yeah they know each other but they never met...

markk132 says:

this is how Microsoft should market the feature

crise says:

Especially in Italy where WP is kinda popular, and so is cheating haha

Antistatic says:

Thanx for the tip ;-)

Jf.Vigor says:

Hilarious. On a serious note when I first started dating my girlfriend, my ex kept messaging me. Innocent harmless stuff because my ex and I shared ownership of a dog. But everytime my new gf saw the toast notification saying her name... Ruined day for me. So then I started just turning my phone off but that made her trust me less. I could sooooo have used this feature two years ago windows phone! Lol

Loco5150 says:

Muhahah thats why its coming

Good. We all need a Cheat day, just like diets.

OMG55 says:

Typical, doing what all the other corrupt people in the world do. Guess this is why you want the NSA out of your business

xArgieboy says:

They should change how the keyboard is. Or make an option to put the old "2-abc" keyboard instead of qwerty if someone wants it.

Darren Walsh says:

They are I think, I seen something about T9 support on wpc's wp8.1 features

Ecurb87 says:

The T9 keyboard will be an option in 8.1. Nokia WP posted it today. I asked if it would be optional and they replied, yes.

glassadam says:

Honest question: why would someone still want a t9 these days? Or is there some purpose that I'm not aware of?

Also, would love to get swype on my WP device. Make it happen , MS!

rockstarzzz says:

There will be a better gesture based keyboard than Swype. Hang in there for 6 more weeks!

stephking92 says:

I know one reason one wants a T9 keyboard. To search for contacts in the dial page. If they can add number search in that page too, I'll be totally happy.

xArgieboy says:

I meant change the qwerty look. Like is not uncomfortable but in small screens its harder to write

DarwinPurol says:

What about sms from network provider that inform you like who called you, data notice, etc.?

Hey we have the same name "Darwin"

xArgieboy says:

That's provided by your carrier. For example when I have a missed call a text (with advertise in it >.>) arrives that tells me what number called (stupid because I can see that in the calls hub). And you can always check your credit and data sending sms or calling to a specific number. It's not related to the OS I think.

DarwinPurol says:

Hey evo! They say people with name darwin are smart hehehe. Xargie, so even that can block by mute option?

stephking92 says:

On my carrier, they only send an SMS if the call didn't go through, which means it won't show up in the call hub. Totally useful.

spazinvader says:

Missed call alert will be helpful when you roam a lot :-) in case some one called you when you are out of signal area, you will know who called you once you are in a signal area :-)

xArgieboy says:

That basically means that when you get signal again you receive the message of the missed call. Is the same.

DennisvdG says:

Off topic but will the keyboard be improved in landscape? Like will it actually use all the space that's available?

I can't wait to use this one for those stupid group fb conversations that I never asked to be a part of...

Kenjoe says:

Wow been wanted something like this

bjax says:

It is a cool feature, but I really wish there was a way to make a conversation invisible or password protect messages from nosey people. Same goes for pictures.

Try "Protect Your File" app to keep pics password protected. Not sure about messages tough.

Viipottaja says:

As far as anyone can tell at this point, are there any features that are not available on Android or iOS, or much better implemented, and if so, which? Second, are there features in other OSs that appear not to be coming? Note to be clear: I could not imagine using either of the other two, but just curious how things appear to stack up after this update! :)

Ecurb87 says:

I'd like to know this also. The update "seems" to bring the OS on par with the other two.

2tomtom says:

WP is unique and my choice for mobile, so not really bothered about the comparison, but that's just me.....

Viipottaja says:

Like I tried to say, me neither, but I also know some people have chosen android or iOS due to lacking features in WP. As I would like WP succeed, I am curious as to how it will be after 8.1. :)

rockstarzzz says:

It will do things much better if not similar to those OS. We have achieve feature parity. They said 2013 was app parity. 2014 was feature parity. 2015 was running faster. 2016 was winning the race. Amen!

2tomtom says:

With you on wanting to see WP succeed.

I have found a lot of people chose what their friends have. Also people are linked into ecosystems so don't want to change. Maybe the new os will bring new fans, and new devices will bring new fans too. With the backing of Microsoft sure WP is here to stay.

Oxymoron428 says:

Wow, that really is useful! I never even thought about that honestly.

FredlArts says:

Really nice and useful features all along with the new WP 8.1 update.

hacer619 says:

I'm more excited about apps that will emerge into the store due to such features

Fndlumia says:

Be useful on this site lol

Starkadius says:

...muted conversations won’t notify you or show up in the Live Tile count.

This is good and all but an issue I see here is the lack of a Live Tile count for these muted messages. How are users suppose to know if they received any new messages if there is no indication of one (other than going into the messaging section)? There are cases where I simply dont want private messages to appear at the top while im showing something on my phone to someone else but I would still want to see the live tile count to know I received one.

Would be nice if they give us the option of muting just notifications and/or both.

Jf.Vigor says:

In a pic of the notification center, they showed this. It was on the leaked photo deemed inaccurate. But where theres smoke, theres fire

rockstarzzz says:

Silent notifications will be collected in your notification centre. Quietly waiting for you.

OMG55 says:

Message center that's coming also

Smg-Uk says:

I prefer to just minimize the amount of people I talk to or in other words be anti social lol

KotsarikosG says:

Nice features...
I wait the new update 8.1...waiting... :):):)

thahotboy says:

Password for messages and photos etc would be cool to have as well rather than just a lock screen code.

"Protect Your File" app lets you protect pics with a password.

ejlee072006 says:

As far as im concern the BLOCKING NUMBERS IS THE GREATEST THING EVER!!!!well of course the additional upgrade is a plus...

Sureshr says:

Off topic, any upcoming updates to the WP desktop app?

Fritzly says:

Which I would add is long overdue; both the Metro and the Desktop ones are, right now, pathetic.

di_genius_7 says:

All I can say is sticking with MS from WM 5.0 and PPC. dys is finally paying off all the well needed features are coming to life, and my next phone will be factory unlock no more carrier phone too slow on updates, up until now T-Mobile not release black update I call and tweet every single day Seriously always the same reply: "T-Mobile is working with Nokia to bring the Black update to Lumia 521 and 925 once our rigorous testing is complete".
as if Nokia hasn't release it to them already.

Chef316 says:

I will use JUMP to get a new device when 8.1 comes out. Then after that I get unlocked unbranded phones...T-Mobile has been great with WP8 updates till now...had to use the developer program to get Update 3...still no LUMIA BLACK.

rockstarzzz says:

+1. Used Windows on my phone since 2004 with intermittently using something else to fulfil my needs but haven't looked back since WM 6.0 and don't regret it at all!

Chef316 says:

Hopefully, when it's released, T-Mobile will get new and improved WP devices with the new version of the OS. Looking forward to using JUMP to go from my L925 to whatever new Lumia device come out with the updated OS. All the features sound nice, a few I might actually use/learn to use...lol

hopmedic says:

Without this feature, group messaging just plain sucks. This feature is a necessity.

glassadam says:

Holy crap now this is a great feature! Is this available on android/ios?

bAN01TgAZ says:

Twitter is currently in my blacklist, i may remove and mute when this is available.
Stupid twitter app auto adds sms to new followers, annoying to say the least.
Great addition m$

John1506 says:

Omg haha I suggested this back in WP7 in the uservoice forums but rather sending silent texts, this must be what they came up with instead, so cool

weedog1889 says:

May sound stupid but when this eventually comes out in november or some lot of months after everyone thinks its gonna be here are we just gonna get a nice free up on our current phones or are we gonna have to buy new

txDrum says:

Well given you can install the developer preview as soon as it is announced in April, I think you'll be fine.

apocacrux says:

I need this feature now!

chrispyogurt says:

I would like this feature for email notification filtered by address.

handybres says:

I hope you can mute Skype too. It is annoying when you're having a conversation on the computer and get a thousand messages on your phone for the same thing

Sean D. says:

Yeah, I just recently found this out.

TK2011 says:

They are not doing it right. Instead of muting both the toast and live tile update, they should allow muting just the toast notification. I would think that's what people would want--they don't want toast popups but still want to know if there's an unread message later. One can always clear live tiles with the new swipe-to-clear feature.

txDrum says:

This sounds really interesting, and seems like something that people would like. Is it in any other OS?

MrVol84 says:

This is perfect for those people on the creep that don't want their significant other seeing their dirt! Lol

Sean D. says:

Brace yourself! Here comes the judgemental finger pointing from people who don't know you. 

Achie920 says:

Yes...yes...that's awesome!!!

blasher4 says:

This is going to be awesome for group texts that get outta hand for shizzle!

ricardios says:

Excellent feature

pankaj981 says:

Turning off message preview is something needed for sure..

cuwe says:

I believe there's no more 'online' .

terrokkinit says:

That....is....AWESOME!!

CoreyJ says:

So awesome...btw that blue theme in the screen shot is nice too! Too bad I don't have it :'(

phatboy66 says:

Omg this is really a great idea

At the rate that WP 8.1 is going, it'll be released before T-Mobile decides to push Nokia Black for the L521 & L925. Still nothing yet, using Update 3 on Developer's preview.........smh

Gohar428 says:

Lolz..this would be life saver for me

Brswan says:

Loving it.

Posted via the WPC App for Android!

chmun77 says:

Handy feature but I'm on Whatsapp most of the time than SMS since. Is a good to have feature though.

eruptflail says:

What's that triangle in the main photo?

RafRol says:

Does anyone know if the other platforms have this feature?

Sean D. says:

I hate to be this guy, but all this stuff.. all these cool features all getting dumped on us at once almost seems too damn good to be true.
I kinda feel like if this stuff is real there's going to be some sort of *catch* that makes it all unreal.

Well, I already know the carriers WILL be that catch, but I feel like there will be another one. :-/

vijax21 says:

Wish with notifications center coming in I will be able to mute toast notifications for particular app such as whatsapp

Binson#WP says:

This is a great feature since I use Twitter mobile notifications for breaking news and public transit updates. I'll still get the text messages but not the unnecessary toast notification.

wpn00b says:

I haven't seen anyone mention it yet but when I connect my Bluetooth headset or headphones and they are not in Driving Mode, it can become outright frustrating to keep getting message notifications while listening to music. It pauses the music and then asks if you want to hear the message or not. So muting that conversation will be a godsend!

murani says:

I'd love to use it in Rooms.

jargonz says:

What I really want is the option to mute all SMS messages from UNKNOWN sources. This would deal with those SMS spammers who use throwaway SIM cards.

I wanted separate passwrd for kids corner..... So that someone wont have to come to me again & again....

Pratik Mehta says:

About the "group" and room?

Aashish13 says:

Nokia Lumia Surface should be the Nokia's next phone series.

hawaiilumia says:

Alors, est ce que l'utilisation des égalisateur sera possible via les écouteurs Bluetooth?
C'est une fonctionnalité de base qui n'est toujours pas disponible sur WP....

I just hope there's a way to search through texts...

HyperionR says:

Could someone tell me how conversation works?

I don't mean sms.

darrenev62 says:

Thiswill be good, but does it work only in SMS?

Gunbust3r says:

AKA somone on the dev team has a lover in addition to their spouse.

drgeri says:

SMS group message???is that even possible?? Because when I tried,it sent mms and make me lose all my credit...

KickAssLumia says:

My biggest problem is Whatsapp since I have friends in other countries who message in the same group. I am sure the Quiet Hours will help too.

MadSci2 says:

Interesting. What would make this a killer would be a timer function and/or geofencing. The obvious need is to mute your hyperactive social life while at work, or the Theater etc, but allowing your work email and kids to reach you anytime.

mariusfilip says:

nice...though...MUTE ALL NOTIFICATIONS would have done a much better job for me, there was a tickbox in WP 8.0 but it 'ran away' when it saw the notification center coming :)), no quiet hours for me also,i don't want to add all my contacts into the inner circle...i've written a thread for this but no one seems to have used this before 8.1 dev prev... or something like PROFILES would made me happy(clap your hands)...i'm looking on the bright side though...Cortana makes me pancakes and i'm not even from us...AMERICAN FLUFFY PANCAKES :))) lol