WhatsApp is testing a Clear except starred option

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I decided to start a marathon of features today, announcing several news that will be available in future on WhatsApp for iOS and Android. Being under development, a lot of these features might change their appearance before the release, but we will keep you updated about any small change.
Let’s discover all them together!


  • Clear all except starred messages feature is under development and it’s not available right now.
  • WhatsApp is currently testing it, before the release: the feature is in an alpha stage of development and unfortunately there isn’t any release date available.
  • We’re going to post an announcement when the feature is available. The news in this article is from WhatsApp for iPhone, but it will be added in future on WhatsApp for Android as well.

As announced on Twitter, today I’m announcing new features available in the next WhatsApp versions!

The first news was about a Search by date option, to quickly search messages picking a date, available in future for iOS (and Android, seen that WhatsApp is going to add the same features for all their platforms).
The next plans of WhatsApp is to improve the Storage Usage section. They are already working to implement some improvements in WhatsApp for Android announced here as second news of the day (like specific filters), but we have something different under development for iOS.
When you want to clear messages in a chat, and in this chat there are starred messages, WhatsApp already allows to delete all except starred:

If you use Storage Usage, you have probably noticed that WhatsApp does not allow to keep starred messages there, forcing you to lose all starred messages if you use any option in Storage Usage.
A new feature is coming: WhatsApp is testing a clear except starred option!

As the name suggests, you will be able to clear certain types of messages but keeping the starred ones. Good move!

The feature is currently under development and I’m going to post an announcement when WhatsApp is going to release the option.


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