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How to permanently hide chats in WhatsApp?

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WhatsApp now allows you to archive chats and hide them permanently, even if new messages have arrived in that conversation. This feature from the Facebook-owned messaging company is a great way to shut down unwanted conversations and prevent them from showing up in your main list of chats. The Archive folder essentially allows users to block a group or individual without having to ignore them.

Until recently, WhatsApp allowed users to archive chats that kept them hidden until a new message arrived on the group, which then automatically unarchived it. In July, WhatsApp announced the rollout of its new archived chat settings, which will allow users to keep their archived chats mute even when a new message is received in an archived message thread. This means that all your archived chats will be permanently away unless you choose to unarchive them manually.

How to permanently hide chats on WhatsApp

New archived settings allow users to archive less important conversations by hiding them in the main chat list. Users will not receive notifications for archived chats until you are mentioned or answered. Both individual and group chats can be archived, and can be accessed at any time in the archived section. To hide chats, follow the simple steps below:

  1. to open WhatsApp, select the chat you want to archive. This can be a group or individual chat.

  2. Three options will appear above. Pin, Mute and Archive (the down arrow facing icon). click on archive button.

  3. The Archived section will appear at the top of your chat feed. You can go to the section and view your hidden chats at any time. Users can easily unarchive the chat by selecting the chat and clicking on remove from archive Options (upward facing arrow icon) at the top.

  4. If you want to archive all chats, go to the Chats tab and tap on More > Settings. tap on Chats > Chat History > Archive All Chats.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360. His reporting expertise includes smartphones, wearables, apps, social media and the tech industry as a whole. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneema can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. more

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