WhatsApp to Replace Archived Chats With “Read Later”

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will revamp the archived chats option we currently have. The update will replace the Archive inbox with a “Read later” section.

The feature was spotted by WABetainfo that usually works on uncovering upcoming WhatsApp features by digging into the beta versions. While explaining this feature, the blog said:

When a chat is added in your archive, the user doesn’t receive notifications from it because all archived chats will be automatically muted, in order to reduce interruptions.

This means that once a chat is added to the “Read later” section, it will go into a separate inbox just like Archived chats, but it will be muted forever, unlike before. This would allow you to move unwanted chats out of the way and not have them interrupt you with notifications. Of course, you can always jump into the “Read later” section and check your messages later on.

You can also configure your Read later inbox to send chats back to the main screen when they get new messages or keep them muted.

According to WABetainfo, the feature is still under development and there is no word on when it will see a public rollout. Stay tuned for updates.



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