WhatsApp is replacing Archived Chats with “Read Later”

WhatsApp is considering to replace “Archived Chats” with “Read Later”, an improved version where something changes.

What’s it? Discover all details below!

Common questionsAnswers
Name of the feature?Read Later
Status?Under development
Availability?In a future build
When?Unknown release date
I’ve the same version but I don’t see this news, why?It’s not available yet, but you can see here a preview of the feature, for a future build
Previous tracks? Android beta
News about iOS?Coming soon

Read later

We have previously talked about the Vacation mode, a new feature available in future that allows to keep in the archive your chats when new message arrive, so your chats won’t be automatically unarchived anymore.

WhatsApp is now going to replace, in a future update, “Archived Chats” with “Read Later”. “Read Later” is basically an improved version of “Archived Chats” (so it’s like a 2.0 version) but, in this case, no notifications will be presented when new messages arrive from archived chats.

Unarchiving a chat will reverse this process. When the feature will be enabled in a future build, you will find a new persistent cell at the top of your chat list called “Read Later”

Opening “Read Later” we can see the presentation banner that explain what’s “Read Later”

WhatsApp explains that “Read Later” is the new “Archived Chats” and it has been implemented to reduce interruptions. As mentioned above, when new messages arrive from a chat, that chat will stay in your “Read Later” section, and you will not get any notifications.

The user can disable the Vacation Mode implemented with “Read Later” in the “Read Later Settings”

This feature is under development and it will be available in future.


While Read Later chats are silenced so you’re not bothered by them, the Read Later section is always available in your chat list so you can jump back to them whenever you want to. If you decide you want to receive notifications rom a particular chat thread again, you can unarchive one of more chats in a few taps.

At the moment the changes can only be seen by people who are signed up to WhatsApp’s TestFlight beta program. This is currently fully subscribed so, unless you have already managed to sign up, this unfortunately means you’ll have to wait for the feature to roll out to the main release version of the app.


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