The messaging application WhatsApp is releasing a feature that was highly requested by users and that the company had been developing for more than two years. After being leaked at the end of last year, archived chats will no longer be automatically unarchived after receiving a new message.
WhatsApp Beta has started staggered activation of the new ‘Archive’ section with this important feature that finally does what it should have done for years: archiving and muting archived chats forever.
All indications are that WhatsApp is currently testing this new feature through its Beta, as very few users have had the new ‘Archive’ section activated, so it is expected that over the coming days and weeks WhatsApp will activate the new archiving to more users.
WhatsApp starts activating new Archive featureWhen the new ‘Archive’ section is activated the first thing we will see is that now in the chats view we will always see in the first position of the list of conversations the shortcut to Archived, showing on the right if we have new messages and how many.
Upon entering ‘Archived’ we will see a new window welcoming us to the new ‘Archive’ section, informing us that to reduce interruptions, archived chats will now always remain in this section with notifications turned off.
By default, archived chats will always remain archived, but from its settings, we can return to the previous behavior of the application, and when we receive a new message, the chat will be automatically unarchived and we will receive the notification.
The new ‘Archived’ will now become a new way to silence a contact or group, to avoid receiving more notifications, and most importantly, to stop seeing the conversation in the WhatsApp chats view.