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WhatsApp brings back vacation mode, auto-archive chats feature and more with latest Android beta update

After shelving the vacation mode a couple of weeks ago, WhatsApp has started working on the feature again. The feature is currently under development.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | September 3, 2020 | Updated 10:03 IST

Highlights

  • WhatsApp has brought back its popular Vacation mode feature in the latest Android beta update.
  • WhatsApp is also working on other features including the auto-archive chats
  • The vacation mode feature allow users to mute notifications from archived chats.

WhatsApp is working on a lot of interesting features and we get to see the snippets of them every now and then. As per reports, WhatsApp has brought back its popular Vacation mode feature in the latest Android beta update. Along with this, other features including the auto-archive chats is also being tested by the messaging app. All the features are currently under development and WhatsApp will roll them out officially only when it is free of bugs.

As per Wabetainfo, after shelving the vacation mode a couple of weeks ago, WhatsApp has started working on the feature again. "WhatsApp has decided to implement the Vacation Mode again, under a new form! There will be a new dedicated section for the Vacation Mode, that allows choosing different parameters. When the new feature will be enabled, Archived chats will be moved to the top of your chats list," the report by the WhatsApp features tracker read.

The Vacation mode feature that WhatsApp seems to be working on for over a year now will allow users to mute notifications from archived chats. However, in the latest update, it was found that WhatsApp will give two options to users to deal with their archived chats. The Notify New Messages and Auto Hide inactive chats option. The first option if enabled will let the users know about the messages from the archived chats but if the second option is enabled WhatsApp will hide chats that have been inactive for six months.

Currently, WhatsApp lets users archive chats but whenever there is a message from any of the archived chats, it appears at the top in the chat window. However, if the new feature gets implemented users will not get any notification from the archived chats. WhatsApp had stopped working on this feature earlier in August but now it will hopefully make the feature available to all users

Apart from this, WhatsApp is also reportedly working on a feature that would allow users to mute their groups forever. WhatsApp also has plans to remove the one year option with the forever option. This means that if you have muted a group, you will never ever get any notifications from that group. The upcoming feature would save users from pesky WhatsApp groups that just refuse to slow down.

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