If you use WhatsApp a lot, it can be easy to drown in all the chats that are happening. This is why the Archive feature is very important for those conversations that you want to remove from your main inbox. But when a message reaches one of your archived messages, it will appear in your main inbox and will be “unarchived”. The latest update to the messaging app will now allow you to keep archived messages silent forever unless you choose to reactivate them.
WhatsApp tweeted that archived chats “will remain archived and muted” with this latest update. This way, individual and group chats that you have already placed in the Files folder will remain there even if new messages come in. This comes from comments from users who wanted to keep messages silent and out of their usual messages in the inbox. So now you can set it in settings to stay there forever.
Archiving in WhatsApp allows you to organize your private messages and prioritize important conversations. Your archived chats will now remain archived and muted, but you can always change them back! pic.twitter.com/QbAY6iu81p
– WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) July 27, 2021
Well, it will stay there until you change your mind, of course. While the settings that will keep your archived messages separate and muted will be on by default, you can always change that. Go to the settings menu in the app and uncheck the “Keep chats archived” option in the Chats settings. If you keep your chats archived, you will not receive any notification if there are new messages in any of the chats, except if you are mentioned or your previous message is replied to.
If you don’t want to put chats in Archive but don’t want to hear about it because there are too many things, you can also mute specific individual and group chats for a specified time. You can actually silence them forever if you want. But the Archive option is to keep them out of sight of your main inbox. You can still search for them anyway whenever you want by going to the Archived Chats folder, which is also easily accessible from its main source.
This new update seems to be available for Android and iOS devices. It’s supposed to be on by default, but you can also check in chat settings if it’s not working and make sure to enable “Keep chats archived” if it isn’t already. Well, if you want.