WhatsApp for iOS will be getting a new ‘archived chats’ tab in an upcoming update, as the app just submitted a new beta for iOS version on TestFlight with new features for archived chats, reported WABetaInfo.
As per reports, the roll-out of the app’s beta version 188.8.131.52 will feature a brand-new Archived Chats tab. With this new feature, when the “Keep chats archived” is enable within WhatsApp, every time the user receives a new message from the chat that has been archived before, the app won’t unarchive it.
Currently, if a user archive a chat and later received a new message, that chat returns to the main chats tab.
The new feature will allow users to keep their chats archived by clicking on the “Keep chats archived” option that they can find by going in “WhatsApp Settings”, and then “Chats”.
Moreover, users will be able to quickly manage multiple archived chats at once using the “Edit” button.
WABetaInfo said that when the new archive is enabled on WhatsApp, the things that will happen include:
1. If you have archived chats, the archived chat cell is also pinned at the top of your chat list.
2. The tab is never hidden and is always visible
3. The tab reports the number of unread chats.
If you were mentioned in an archived group, the symbol @ will appear in the archived chat cell.
The launch date of this feature is not known at the moment, but the WhatsApp feature tracker believes that it will be rolled out soon.