WhatsApp for Windows has been found to test an archived chat feature that has been available on mobile devices for some time. New additions will allow users to hide a specific person or group chat from their chat list to reduce clutter and streamline their conversations. The feature has been tested for beta testers on the Universal Windows Platform version of WhatsApp, which is currently being developed as a native app designed for Windows 10 and newer Windows operating system versions.
According to a report from WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo, the archived chat feature has been added for testers using WhatsApp for Windows Beta version 2.2213.3.0. The feature allows users to archive and unarchive chats.
WABetaInfo reports that in a beta version, the archive chat feature is not as smooth, as archiving chats does not refresh the chat list. As mentioned, the feature is already available in the mobile version of WhatsApp.
The latest beta release includes new icons for media, files, links, encryption and groups that you will see when accessing chat options.
WhatsApp beta testers can update to the latest version through the Microsoft Store. However, the new release is not for regular users and may introduce bugs if you install it on your Windows device.
It said that in order to provide a native experience in Windows 10 and newer operating system versions, WhatsApp may bring a UWP version of its app for Windows computers in the future. The initial development of the UWP app was released last year.
Last week, WhatsApp was seen testing the ‘View One’ feature for its UWP version. It was recently seen working on a dedicated sticker tab that will be available in Windows 10 and newer devices at a later stage.
In addition to feature integration, WhatsApp is apparently working to introduce responsiveness for Windows users.