WhatsApp started working in ‘vacation mode’, a feature that ignores new messages in archived chats in 2019. We have seen several reports about the feature being discontinued and resurrected over the past year. The company even tested renaming file chats to ‘read later’ earlier this year in January. And today, we can report that WhatsApp has started to implement the feature to allow you to silence archived chats forever. In this article, we will explain how it works and detail the steps to enable the “Keep chats archived” feature in WhatsApp.
Archived chats no longer clutter up your inbox
WhatsApp has started testing a new switch that now allows users to keep chats archived in the archive section when they receive a new message. For the uninitiated, WhatsApp currently pushes chats out of the archive section for new messages, even if you’ve muted the contact. This is particularly annoying as it defeats the purpose of archiving a chat. In the future, this will no longer be the case when you receive a new notification for an archived contact.
How to mute archived chats on WhatsApp
U.S detected the change in WhatsApp beta 188.8.131.52 for Android on OnePlus 7T with OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11. Follow the steps below to enable this new feature:
1. Scroll down to the bottom of the conversation list and open the “Archived Chats” section.
2. Then, tap the vertical three-dot menu in the upper right corner and choose the “File Settings” option. Here, you will see a new toggle that says “Keep chats archived”. Activate it and you’re done.
3. Interestingly, WhatsApp now keeps the archived chats section at the top of the home page. when you have enabled the switch. When disabled, you will find it in its usual place under all conversations.
For those wondering how they will know if someone in the archived chat has texted them, WhatsApp has also added a new chat indicator that keeps track of unread chats. To clarify, this refers to the total number of unread chats and not new unread messages from the same person. In other words, WhatsApp will show users a ‘1’ indicator even if the same person has sent many messages.
Mute all archived chat notifications on WhatsApp
With that said, keep in mind that this is a gradual release and it may not have this function necessarily even if it is on the same build. Since WhatsApp has started testing the feature with beta users, it shouldn’t be long until it is rolled out for all users.