WhatsApp Users Can Now Keep Archived Chat Threads Tucked Away Forever
WhatsApp said in a blog post that the latest update is aimed to give users more control over their inbox and stay on top of their most important chats.
Prior to the update, archived individual and group chat threads on WhatsApp would unarchive if the user received a new message in that thread. WhatsApp, however, said that many of its users reported that they wanted archived messages to remain archive and stay tucked away from their regular messages in the Archived Chats folder. Therefore, it has brought the change to its Archived Chats settings.
The new settings allow you to archive all the less-important conversations if you don't want them to appear in your main chats list. All you need to do is archive individual and group chats that you don't want in your list. By default, WhatsApp will keep your archived chats separate even if they get any new messages. You can, however, disable the new settings by disabling the Keep Chats Archived option from the Chats settings menu on the app.
You will not receive any notifications for messages you get in archived chat threads unless you are mentioned or replied to.