WhatsApp makes an important change on iPhone and Android

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WhatsApp is overhauling how it handles archived conversations. As it stands, WhatsApp users can archive unwanted conversations and group chats to remove them from the main list that appears when you load up the app. This keeps everything a little tidier, but that’s about it – as soon as you receive a new message in the archived chat, it resurfaces at the top of the Chats tab.

If you’re trying to hide from an annoying group chat with the neighbours on your street, or a Hen Do that’s still a year away but somehow still needs daily updates …that’s not ideal.

Thankfully, that’s all about to change. The world’s most popular messaging platform is rolling out a new setting that will keep archived conversations safely tucked away in the Archived Chats folder at all times – even if someone sends a new message.

If you decide it’s time to revive any group chats or one-on-one conversations from the Archived Chats folder, you’ll need to dig into the menu and manually make it manual again.

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For those who haven’t got a problem with the previous behaviour, you’ll need to re-enable it with the Settings menu inside WhatsApp.

By default, WhatsApp will now keep archived chats securely in the Archived Chats folder. To find archived chats, you’ll need to drag down on the list of active conversations in the Chats tab. This will reveal the ability to create Broadcast Lists, and the Archived Chats folder.

It’s been a busy week for WhatsApp.

The messaging platform, which is owned and operated by Facebook, is looking to add the ability to send uncompressed photos or videos to recipients.

Currently, WhatsApp aggressively crunches down the quality of your photos to make sending snaps over 4G or 5G mobile data connections faster (and less costly for those who don’t have an unlimited monthly allowance). Earlier this month, WhatsApp redesigned the call interface on iPhone to make it easier to add extra callers.

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