How to hide chats in WhatsApp without archive
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Until now, WhatsApp would allow you to hide certain conversations but they would reappear whenever a new message would arrive, pushing them right back to the top of the list of messages which defeated the purpose of hiding them in the first place.
"We have heard that users want their archived messages to stay tucked away in the Archived Chats folder, instead of moving back into your main chat list when a new message arrives," the company tweeted.
Archive on WhatsApp lets you organize your private messages and prioritize important conversations. Your Archived chats will now remain archived and muted but you can always change them back! pic.twitter.com/QbAY6iu81p— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) July 27, 2021
How to keep messages archived
1. Open the WhatsApp application
2. Tap on the 'More options' section on the 'Chats' tab
3. Select 'Chats', then 'Chats history', and then 'Archive all chats'
You will no longer receive notifications about these conversations "unless they are mentioned or replied to" according to WhatsApp.
You can go back at any time and make changes to the settings for each chat by revisiting the "archived chats" section and follow the steps above as you see fit.