Instant messaging platform WhatsApp introduced a new feature in its beta version that allows users to take a break from bustling WhatsApp group conversations.

The feature, popularly known as the "Vacation Mode", has been in the pipeline for almost a year now. It lets you mute chats that you've archived or dismissed from appearing on the main conversation list.

This way you wouldn't be notified about new messages and they wouldn't appear in the way of your regular messages either. This can be used with individual conversations as well as group conversations, which means you don't have to be impolite and leave the group to ignore messages.

Previously, archived chats were automatically moved to the bottom of the main conversation list. Now they have received their own sub-menu option that can be accessed by tapping on the tri-colon button on the top right corner and then selecting "Archived chats". Archived chats also become unarchived automatically when you receive a new message by the sender.

The "Vacation Mode" is actually named "Ignore archived chats" by WhatsApp. WABetaInfo, a website dedicated to the latest WhatsApp features, gave us the first look at this functionality. According to the tracker, the "Ignore archived chats" button can be found in Settings->Notifications.

(WABetaInfo)

Instant messaging platform WhatsApp introduced a new feature in its beta version that allows users to take a break from bustling WhatsApp group conversations.

The feature, popularly known as the "Vacation Mode", has been in the pipeline for almost a year now. It lets you mute chats that you've archived or dismissed from appearing on the main conversation list.

This way you wouldn't be notified about new messages and they wouldn't appear in the way of your regular messages either. This can be used with individual conversations as well as group conversations, which means you don't have to be impolite and leave the group to ignore messages.

Previously, archived chats were automatically moved to the bottom of the main conversation list. Now they have received their own sub-menu option that can be accessed by tapping on the tri-colon button on the top right corner and then selecting "Archived chats". Archived chats also become unarchived automatically when you receive a new message by the sender.

The "Vacation Mode" is actually named "Ignore archived chats" by WhatsApp. WABetaInfo, a website dedicated to the latest WhatsApp features, gave us the first look at this functionality. According to the tracker, the "Ignore archived chats" button can be found in Settings->Notifications.

This feature is important because until now archived chats would be unarchived every time you received a message on that chat. “Ignore archived chats" prevents both muted and regular/unmuted chats from leaving the archive without an action on your end, irrespective of the influx of new messages.

Although the feature doesn't come enabled in the latest beta update, we can expect it to roll out soon.

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