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WhatsApp now allows you to permanently hide a chat by archiving it, even if there are new messages in that conversation. This feature from the Facebook-owned messaging company is a great way to shut down unwanted conversations and prevent them from showing up on your main chat list. Archive folders essentially allow users to ignore groups or individuals without having to block them.

Until recently, WhatsApp allowed users to archive chats that kept them hidden until a new message appeared in the group, then automatically unarchived. In July, WhatsApp announced a new archived chat setting that allows users to mute archived chats even if they receive a new message in the archived message thread. This means that all your archived chats will be permanently hidden unless you choose to unarchive them manually.

How to Permanently Hide Chat History on WhatsApp

A new archive setting allows users to archive less important conversations, keeping them hidden from the main chat list. Users will not be notified of archived chats unless you are mentioned or replied to. Both individual and group chats can be archived and can be accessed at any time in the Archives section. To hide chats, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp, select the chat to archive. It can be a group or individual chat.

  2. Three options will appear at the top. Pin, mute, and archive (down arrow icons).click Archive button.

  3. The Archives section will appear at the top of your chat feed. You can go to this section at any time and view the hidden chat history.Users can chat by selecting and clicking Unarchive Options at the top (up arrow icon).

  4. If you want to archive all chats, go to the chats tab and click More > Settings. tap Chat > ​​Chat History > Archive All Chats.

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