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WhatsApp to roll out 'vacation mode' that will let you ignore archived chats

By Yasmine Jacobs Time of article published Nov 4, 2020

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Cape Town –We have all done it. We archive conversations for various reasons because as the saying goes “Out of sight, out of mind” - that is, until the contact messages again. This not only unarchives the chat but also puts the conversation back on the top.

WhatsApp Messenger vows to fix this by releasing its “vacation mode”. This feature will allow users to hide notification from archived texts.

According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp started to develop it under the name “Ignore Archived Chats”, but the development was later abandoned.

However, in the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.20.199.8 update, WhatsApp was finally starting to implement the feature again and has included several improvements.

“Vacation Mode is a new feature available in a future update that allows to keep in the archive your chats when new message arrive. If you decide to use the vacation mode in the future update, chats won’t be automatically unarchived anymore,” said WABetaInfo in a post.

With the Vacation mode, there will also be changes about the UI. “Archived Chats” will be moved at the top of your chat list.

It is not yet certain when WhatsApp is going to release the feature but it is expected to come to mobile phones soon.

WhatsApp has recently announced a new feature called disappearing messages, where once enabled, all new messages of your individual or group chats will automatically disappear after a certain amount of time.

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