Messaging giant WhatsApp
said on Tuesday it is now making it easier to stay on top of the most important chats
, and will help users ‘deprioritise’ those messages that can get in the way.
Starting Tuesday, the platform is rolling out new settings for archived chats
which will give users ‘more control’ over their inbox and more ways to organise their archived chats
The company said it has heard that users want their archived messages to stay tucked away in the archived chats folder, instead of moving back into their main chat list when a new message arrives.
The new archived chats settings mean that any message thread that is archived will now stay in the archived chats folder, even if a new message is sent to that thread.
“Now, these chats will stay tucked away permanently, unless you choose to manually unarchive the conversation,” WhatsApp said in a statement.
WhatsApp said it wants to make sure that it remains a private and secure place where users can speak to the people who are most important to them and where they are in control of their messages.
If they try it out and decide it’s not for them, they will also be able to change it back to how it worked before, the company said.
Last week, WhatsApp introduced the ability to join a group call on the platform even after it has started. The company said joinable calls reduce the burden of answering a group call as it starts, and bring the ‘spontaneity’ and ‘ease’ of in-person conversations to group calling on WhatsApp.
“As the popularity of group calls continues to grow, we’ve been working to improve the experience for our users while of course still providing the security and privacy of end-to-end encryption,” the company said in a statement.