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What is ‘use high priority notification’ in WhatsApp?

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Over the years, WhatsApp has rolled out various features to make the app more user-friendly. One such feature is the ‘high priority notification.’ Using this feature, you are set to receive the most important messages on the top of the notification bar above all other notifications.

But what is the use of this feature and how can you use it properly? In this article, we will discuss what is the high-priority notification feature on WhatsApp and the best practices that you should follow to get the maximum out of this feature.

Here are the topics that we will cover:

What is ‘high priority notification’ on WhatsApp?

When you set a contact or contacts on a high-priority notification on WhatsApp, the messages sent by these contacts will be the topmost priority of your device. Even when you have several message notifications, these messages will always be on top and thus you will have the option of message previews and quick replies.

This feature is helpful for those who want to not miss out on a WhatsApp message from someone important, say a business contact or from home.

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How do you turn on ‘high priority notification’ on WhatsApp?

Now that we have understood what the high-priority notification feature on WhatsApp and its benefits is, let us understand how to enable it on individual chats or for all chats.

For all chats

Follow the instructions given below to enable high-priority notifications for all your WhatsApp contacts:

  • Open WhatsApp and tap the three-dot button on the top right of the screen. Next, select Settings.
  • In the Settings, tap on Notifications.
  • Turn on the toggle in front of ‘Use high priority notifications.’

Now, every WhatsApp message will be displayed at the top of the notification panel.

For specific chats

In case, you want that the chats of only certain individuals to show at the top of the notification, follow the steps given below:

  • Open WhatsApp and then select an individual chat. Now, tap on the WhatsApp name of the account.
  • Select Custom notification.
  • Check mark on Use custom notifications and usually, the ‘Use high priority notifications‘ option will be tick marked. If not, you can manually check mark it to enable it.

After this process, only the chats from this particular individual will be shown at the top.

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Best practices for high priority notification on WhatsApp

In this section, we’ll list out some best practices that you should follow to get the maximum out of the high-priority notification feature on WhatsApp:

  • As this feature is only for the most important contacts, make sure to use it judiciously.
  • Ensure that the notification is not accompanied by unnecessary sound or light.
  • For chats that may have lost relevance and are not currently on your high-priority list, simply disable this feature on those chats.

In conclusion, WhatsApp’s high-priority notification is a feature that allows you to see your most important notifications. The feature also allows you to quickly reply and preview the messages from the notification panel without heading to the app to see them. However, keep in mind that not all chats should be high-priority as this will clog your notification panel and you won’t be able to use the message preview feature.

Also read: How to add a contact to WhatsApp?

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here:

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