The Facebook-owned WhatsApp Messenger with around 1 billion users in over 180 countries, is the most popular cross-platform instant messaging service for smartphones. It offers a lot of useful features to its users and one of them is the archive chat feature.
The archive chat feature is meant to clear up the chat list by getting rid of unwanted or less important chats. It can also be used to hide a conversation from the main chat foreground and access it later when needed. The archive chat feature doesn't delete the chat and it only creates a local archive. No backup of the archived chat is performed on the device's SD card.
The archived chats will automatically appear back on the main chat screen as soon as it receives a new reply. One can also manually unarchive the chats by just scrolling down to the bottom of all the chats in chats screen and tapping the unarchive button.
I find it handy to quickly hide sensitive chats, without deleting them, while handing my phones to not so trustable friends. So, what about you guys. How often do you use the WhatsApp archive chat feature? Let us know what do you think of it in the comments below.
In Hike you have a better feature of hiding your chats and that is password protected chats. On the Windows Phone version which I am using all you have to do is tap on the innocuous Hike logo, set a four digit passcode and you can hide chats. This feature keeps hiding your chats when the other side sends a message. This feature would be very welcome on WhatsApp and I do not know what is keeping WhatsApp from implementing such a simple and useful feature.
When you archive a chat, you are not deleting the conversations but simply hiding it from the normal page. You can archive a chat when you want to hide a conversations that you do not want people to see. Just long press on the chat and on top of all chats will be an inbox like icon and you tap that icon and it archived the chat. To view that chat again you scroll down to the bottom of all your chats and you find it.
Archiving allows you to hide a conversation from your usual chats screen. I use it for organizational purposes. It reduces clutter on my chat screen. The hidden conversation is accessible later whenever you need it. Both group chats and individual chats can be archived which is actually awesome especially for the very dormant groups. This will not delete the chat or back it up in your SD card. Only full chat threads can be archived. A single message cannot be archived. Archiving a chat will not affect your online status (I wish it did). When you receive a new message from an archived conversation, the archive chat will reappear, which is perfect as you won't miss any messages.
WhatsApp backs up all the messages to Google Drive and you can easily retrieve them whenever you want. I regularly delete the media from my phone (images and videos) because they seem to occupy most of the space. However, just text won't really occupy much space on the phone.
Yes. Once you archive a chat, it merely hides it from the main view and nothing else. So if you receive new messages in the archived chat, you will be notified about it, and the same conversation thread will reappear in the main list. In other words, it gets unarchived automatically.
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