I'm trying to exit WhatsApp, but it seems that there is no "Log Off" button. Currently, when I want to exit, I turn off my Wi-Fi/cellular data.

How do I log off from WhatsApp?

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    This is not possible. Whatsapp is designed to stay online. You may want to use a Firewall or an app which drain the permissions while you dont want to be connected.
    – Emanuel S
    Sep 13, 2014 at 14:24

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after some experiments i think best way is use Force stop button in Application manager
go to Setting > Application manager > WhatsApp and tap Force stop button

As say Here:

Android do not kill the apps totally when you exit from it, this button is for close completely the app and remove it from the stack (apps running), also this button free the memory used by the app

so Thanks to User pacoespinoza this is what i want to do!

  • The services will still run and the app will be back in no time I'm afraid.
    – RossC
    Sep 14, 2014 at 16:42
  • @RossC you can try it like me and see result! don't afraid
    – AminM
    Sep 14, 2014 at 17:27
  • I tried it on 4 devices, same each time, services run even after activity stack is closed, app is back open.
    – RossC
    Sep 14, 2014 at 19:11
  • @RossC i try it in galaxy s3 and galaxy grand and work well what is yor device??
    – AminM
    Sep 14, 2014 at 19:54
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    :O Wow, I completely and utterly forgot that option under 'running'. Wow. Yep, you're completely right, I was just going to Whatsapp under 'Downloaded' in the app manager. I don't know what I was thinking. Cheers for clarifying. I wouldn't have remembered that at all. It's crazy what you forget! A very delayed +1
    – RossC
    Sep 15, 2014 at 7:43

Settings>apps>WhatsApp and press clear data. You might want to first backup your messages in WhatsApp settings. This resets WhatsApp to like when you first downloaded it before logging in. Alternatively, you can go to settings>apps>WhatsApp and turn off notifications for WhatsApp if it gives you the option. If it doesn't, it means your version of android doesn't support turning off notifications. You can also go to a WhatsApp chat, press menu, and mute conversation for an amount of time.

  • clear data?? i wont clear my whatsapp data i want shutdown it!
    – AminM
    Sep 15, 2014 at 5:15
  • It is a valid work around to be fair. Considering you can't directly log off. A rooted user could just freeze the app, or clear and restore data with one or two clicks so this would be particularly easy to do.
    – RossC
    Sep 15, 2014 at 8:00

Go to applications and clear data

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    Actually, this would work because opening WhatsApp will require you to log in again. You might want to ensure your daily WhatsApp backups are in order and trigger it once manually for good measure before doing this though. Wiping WhatsApp app data will not remove the WhatsApp backups.
    – Huey
    Sep 5, 2015 at 4:58
  • as you say yourself , it just clear data not exit app
    – AminM
    Feb 10, 2018 at 7:19

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