WhatsApp is working on muting archived chats

WhatsApp is developing a muting feature, which would stop archived chats from popping back up when users receive a message there. — Reuters

WhatsApp is working on a feature that would mute archived chats to give users a break from specific chats, and also clean up conversations that go quiet.

WhatsApp leak site WABetaInfo said this feature would be implemented through an update of the archived chat system.

Currently, archived chats will unarchive and reappear on top of the list of chats whenever a new message is received. This happens even for muted chats.

With the new feature, archived chats would be bundled together and pinned to the top of the user’s chat list, to be easily checked or unarchived.

Users can further set how archived chats behave by going to Notifications in the app’s settings.

In Notifications, there would be two new options: Notify New Message and Auto Hide Inactive Chats.

The Notify New Message option enables users to toggle off notifications, so archived chats would continue to be archived, instead of popping back up into the chat list whenever a new message comes in.

WABetaInfo said the feature was a redesign of the Vacation Mode the messaging platform had explored last year that was later shelved.

Meanwhile Auto Hide Inactive Chats automatically archived chats that have not received any messages or interactions in the last six months.

Currently the cutoff point was set at six months, with no option to choose a shorter or longer period.

WABetaInfo added a disclaimer that these features were still under development, but were likely to be introduced to Beta users in a future update.

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