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WhatsApp shelves Vacation Mode feature: Here is why

Messaging app WhatsApp has quietly killed the Vacation Mode feature on which it was speculated to be working on since 2018

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | August 13, 2020 | Updated 10:59 IST

Highlights

  • WhatsApp has quietly killed the Vacation Mode feature on which it was speculated to be working on since 2018.
  • he feature could have allowed WhatsApp users to mute notifications from archived chats
  • The Facebook-owned messaging app was rumored to make the feature available for both the iPhone and Android users.

Messaging app WhatsApp has quietly killed the Vacation Mode feature on which it was speculated to be working on since 2018. The feature could have allowed WhatsApp users to mute notifications from archived chats but now that doesn't seem to be happening anymore. The Facebook-owned messaging app was rumored to make the feature available for both the iPhone and Android users.

As per a report by Wabetainfo, WhatsApp has stopped the development of the vacation mode feature that it had been working on for years. "Vacation mode was a feature under development for iOS and Android some months ago.The development has been abandoned," the tweet by WhatsApp features tracker read. It was also being reported that if the feature ever makes a comeback, it will not be called Vacation mode but "Ignore Archived Chat."

The users were looking forward to the WhatsApp feature that has been now shelved as it would stop the notifications from archived chats. This could allow the users to completely let go of the archived chats. However, now whenever we archive a chat, a new message brings the contact on the top of the messaging app. Currently, users do have the option of muting chat groups if they don't want to get notifications from them but the contacts would still appear in the chat section. However, you will not get constant notifications from the groups that you have muted.

The messaging app 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.

Meanwhile, there is another interesting feature that WhatsApp is reportedly working on. The messaging app is developing the expiring messages feature The feature would let users get rid of messages automatically after a set time period if the settings are turned on. It was earlier reported that the feature can be enabled either for group or individual chats. For example, if you switch the Delete Message toggle or expiring message toggle on for a particular chat, you will be able to set a time limit for your chats. In that case, you can make your message last either for an hour or a week. You also have the option to switch the Delete Message toggle off.

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