WhatsApp: how to activate Vacation Mode / Archived Chats

WhatsApp: how to activate Vacation Mode / Archived Chats

One of the most useful for many users, WhatsApp’s Chat Archive feature allows you to hide a conversation from the Chats tab and access it again whenever you want, allowing the app to organize conversations with your contacts however you like. An easy way to ignore someone without having to get to the blocking point for sure.

Vacation mode of WhatsApp / Archived Chats

The problem was that when you received a new message in that particular chat that you had archived, the conversation would go out of the archive and go back to the list of active chats, so if you wanted to remove it from this you had to archive it again. And so on constantly.

The new Vacation mode replaces it, since once activated in Options – it is removed by default -, the ‘Vacation Mode’ prevents a chat that we have archived from going out again if it receives a new message, keeping that conversation in the archive without exit until the user decides. Vacation mode, which is based on silent mode, also works for WhatsApp groups – what a blessing.

How the new Vacation mode works

How does it work? Once you have the feature available in your WhatsApp, you will see that the archived chats will move to the top of the conversation list under the same heading: “Archived chats”. If you tap this option you will be able to go in and see all the listed conversations that you have decided to archive, and also another tab called “Notifications”: here you have 2 different options:

– Notify new messages: activated by default so that you know who writes to you even if you have archived it, if you decide to deactivate this function, you will activate the Vacation mode, so the archived chats will continue to remain in the archive when new messages arrive and not you will find out.

– Automatically hide inactive chats: it is an extension of vacation mode. If enabled, if a chat is older than 6 months, it will be automatically archived.

Already being tested in WhatsApp Beta

Vacation Mode was renamed Archived Chats, then “Read Later” in November 2020. But in March, it reverted to its original name. But what interests us is not so much the name change as the fact that we can use it now, because it is becoming more pleading than dark mode no doubt.

According to the WABetaInfo portal, the new beta of WhatsApp for Android, v2.21.11.1, integrates this mode and renames it – once again – in archived Chats. And although it can finally be used, it is currently only available to “some testers”, and it will take some time to reach everyone with WhatsApp Beta Android.

Anyway, at least it’s already in beta testing. And this means that sooner or later we will have this feature activated.

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