WhatsApp is replacing Archived Chats with “Read Later”

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WhatsApp is considering to replace “Archived Chats” with “Read Later”, an improved version where something changes.
What’s it? Discover all details below!


Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Read Later
Status? Under development
Availability? In a future build
When? Unknown release date
I’ve the same version but I don’t see this news, why? It’s not available yet, but you can see here a preview of the feature, for a future build
Previous tracks? Android beta
News about iOS? Coming soon
Previous article? New Emojis in

We have previously talked about the Vacation mode, a new feature available in future that allows to keep in the archive your chats when new message arrive, so your chats won’t be automatically unarchived anymore.
WhatsApp is now going to replace, in a future update, “Archived Chats” with “Read Later”.
“Read Later” is basically an improved version of “Archived Chats” (so it’s like a 2.0 version) but, in this case, no notifications will be presented when new messages arrive from archived chats. Unarchiving a chat will reverse this process.
When the feature will be enabled in a future build, you will find a new persistent cell at the top of your chat list called “Read Later”:

Opening “Read Later” we can see the presentation banner that explain what’s “Read Later”:

WhatsApp explains that “Read Later” is the new “Archived Chats” and it has been implemented to reduce interruptions. As mentioned above, when new messages arrive from a chat, that chat will stay in your “Read Later” section, and you will not get any notifications.
The user can disable the Vacation Mode implemented with “Read Later” in the “Read Later Settings”:

This feature is under development and it will be available in future.


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