How to end a conversation on WhatsApp and Messenger


This article is intended to show you how easy it is to end a conversation on any instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger without being rude chats.

How to end a conversation on WhatsApp and Messenger

Many people think that the way you end a conversation on WhatsApp or Messenger nicely does not have to follow any rules. After all, it is just a conversation and it will end at one time or the other when one party stops responding.

For this reason, many assume that after a few minutes of no response and no questions asked, the conversation is as good as finished. However, there are much better ways of making the ending both polite and decent and this article highlights some of them.

Reasons why you would want to end the conversation

Reasons why you would want to end the conversation

Sometimes it gets difficult ending a conversation especially if the person on the other end is not in a hurry.

Some of the reasons that may prompt you to end a conversation fast are:

  • You were doing something earlier, which you have to get back to
  • You have received unexpected guests and have to attend to them
  • The conversation is taking a different route and getting kinda boring and you want it to end
  • You are feeling too chatty really and were only being polite but you probably took it too far
  • You do not feel the person on the other end

In other cases, it becomes inevitable to end a conversation due to circumstances surrounding you. You may be deep in conversation with someone and really enjoying it but stuff happens and you have to end the conversation fast.

Some of these circumstances are:

  • You are probably at a party or meeting and cannot go with the conversation any longer
  • You run into a colleague at work that needs your time
  • A phone call comes through while you are chatting and you have to take it
  • You are in a public vehicle or subway and it gets uncomfortable chatting
  • When you are shopping or walking the dog and you bump into an old friend

The above are some of the situations that would force you to end a conversation immaturely.

However, here is the deal.

In all the above circumstances, you can easily end chats without being rude or without hurting the other person’s feelings. Some people take time to say something before they go off and many others do not bother. They just assume that once the other person sees no response, he or she will get the drill.

So what’s the bottom line here?

Bottom line is you cannot go on with the conversation any longer. This is because you either cannot feel the other person any more or circumstances beyond your control are forcing you to end the conversation. Either way, you need to end it without offending the other person.

Polite ways of ending the conversations

Polite ways of ending the conversations

You know just going mute on anybody is both rude and uncalled for. It does not cost you anything to say something.

If you are having a conversation with a friend or somebody close to you, it gets even easier because a simple “Hey buddy, gotta run. Talk laters” will do just fine.

However if the person is not close to you, then you will need to come up with a less casual way to end chats without being rude.

Below are some of the three politest ways to end a conversation on WhatsApp or Messenger nicely.

1. Give a feasible excuse

Tell the person on the other end something like this:

“It was nice chatting/talking with you but you have to excuse me because I have a call to attend to in a few minutes. I will chat/talk again in a day or two”

If it was a conversation on official or formal matters, you can come up with this line:

“It looks like we have gone through and covered every aspect of our agenda. I think it is okay to stop for the day now. It was a real pleasure chatting/talking with you and I appreciate the results of this chat/talk”

2. Make the other person feel like they need to end the conversation first

You can also try to make the person on the other end feel like they are the ones that need to end the conversation and not you.

You can use this line to try this trick:

“Oh my God, look at the time. I have taken so much of your time and I know you have a thousand other things to do. For what it’s worth, this conversation was a real deal breaker and I appreciate your time. I’ll let you attend you to your other commitments now and I sincerely thank you for your time”

…with this line, the other person will have no option but to say his goodbyes too.

3. Take charge of the situation and just bow out

Sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where the other person just will not let go. They are probably the dominant and non-sensitive type. Even trying to end the conversation politely will not cut.

What do you do in such a situation?

Well, you take charge. Situations like these may not need you to be very polite. One reason is that the other person is oblivious of your situation and wants to control the whole conversation in his favour.

Take the reins and tell him/her:

“Look here buddy(choose any word you want), I really have to end this conversation. I have other things to attend to and I’m sure you do too”

…if the person still insists, do not give up.

Repeat yourself and just sign out at least you tried to be polite and if the other person does not get it, what the heck, you played your part you did not just cut him off.

Bottom line is you do not end any of your conversations sounding or coming out like an uncaring person. You are polite and apologetic and the person on the other end will have no reason not to end the conversation with a positive feeling.

Wrapping it up

It is very easy to end any conversation at the ideal moment you want. You do not have to go on and on with a chat or talk that you are dying to get out of. Some people never know when to call it a wrap and will chat or talk endlessly.

By following the above methods, you can easily wrap up the conversation by force but politely. Do not torture yourself with any conversation that goes on longer than you need it to.

I hope the above article provides you with all the right ways of politely ending a chat on either WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. If you have anything to add or any questions to ask, drop your comment on the provided box below and I will get back you as soon as I can.

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