To keep all platforms updated with the same features, WhatsApp is finally rolling out the archived chats feature to WhatsApp Beta UWP (Universal Windows Platform)—better known as WhatsApp Beta for Windows. Beta testers can expect some bugs and a lack of certain functions for this particular update, though.
WhatsApp always endeavors to have all of its platforms share the same features as much as possible. While there may be some exceptions due to their nature—like WhatsApp Web getting a security browser extension—the PC and mobile versions are always up-to-date, so features like WhatsApp’s multi-device capabilities don’t get in the way of users enjoying them.
With the new update, users can now test viewing, archiving, and unarchiving chats on the Windows beta client. To archive a chat specifically, you need to right-click on the chat window you want to hide. This will display the “Archive” option, and clicking on it does just that. Now, typically, archived chats will stop being hidden once someone replies with a new message. However, for the latest version, they will stay in the archive even when new messages arrive.
One of the bugs found for this feature is that unarchiving a chat won’t refresh the chats list. The fixes and other new features will be rolled out in future updates. Aside from this new functionality, WhatsApp has also added all-new icons for the chat options. They are for Media, Files, Links, Encryption, and Groups—and you can see them under the Options button.
While the archived chats function isn’t new to WhatsApp in general, it’s still great that WhatsApp Beta for Windows now gets to have it. It is only one of the many upcoming features WhatsApp has teased and released for beta testers, so you can expect it to be rolled out for public use soon.
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