Whatsapp to replace ‘Archived Chats’ with ‘Read Later’ feature: Here’s all you need to know about it

It has hardly been a week since WhatsApp introduced its new privacy policies that received much backlash from a vast number of people. WhatsApp is now aiming to replace archived chats with a new upgraded feature called ‘Read Later’. However, the new feature is still being developed and will come as a new update very soon. 

The website titled wabetainfo.com that tracks WhatsApp features has shared screenshots of the ‘Read Later’ feature. The new ‘Read Later’ update of WhatsApp will not be mandatory and users will have the option of going back to the older version of the app.

What is the ‘Read Later’ feature?

WhatsApp has been developing the ‘Read Later’ feature for quite some time now and the main aim of the feature was to replace the ‘Archived Chats’ on WhatsApp. Through Google Play Beta Program, WhatsApp has submitted a new update to bring the 2.21.2.2. version of the app.

The ‘Read Later’ feature will perform similar functions as the archived chats but in a more improved manner so as to bring fewer interruptions to its users.

The main difference between the two, ‘Archived Chats’ and ‘Read Later’ is that when a chat is archived, it goes automatically at the bottom of the chat list and comes up when or if there is a new message, while the ‘Read Later’ feature will allow the user to keep chats on ‘Read Later’ and will keep them there even when there is a new message. The ‘Read Later’ feature will not notify the user of any new message. 

“To reduce interruptions, chats with new messages stay here and you won’t get any notifications” read the screenshots posted on the wabetainfo.com website.

The exact release date of this feature or update is unknown and will likely come soon after some improvements have been made.

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