Working on a new feature called ‘Vacation Mode’, Whatsapp is testing an update that may keep chats hidden. The ‘Vacation Mode’ was first spotted in the instant messaging application’s beta version a year back.
First spotted by WABetaInfo, a website that tracks all the latest features that are being tested in the beta version, the Vacation Mode was slated to go onboard last year, but the company seemed to have shelved the plan to launch the new feature.
In a recent report from WABetaInfo, the techies have claimed that the Vacation Mode may be back on track and WhatsApp might even roll it out for Android users. The Vacation Mode is basically a feature that allows the user to have better control over archived chats on WhatsApp and to keep chats hidden, even when the archived chats receive a new message.
According to the report, when Whatsapp rolls out the new feature, Archived chats will be moved to the top of your chats list. After the execution of the Vacation Mode feature, a new button called Notifications will also show in the archived section. The user can choose the behavior of Archived Chats using the new Notifications button.
When active, the archived chats will behave like the current stable version. However, the user can disable it. This will allow archived messages to stay put in the archives section even after new messages arrive.
The second option is called Auto-hide inactive chats: When this option is enabled any chat that has been dormant for six months will be automatically pushed to archived chats.
As of now, chats that are archived are directly saved in the section which can be found at the bottom of the chats. With the new feature called Vacation Mode users will have the ability to either keep the archived chats on top of the chats or keep them hidden when not in use.