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This article was published on August 23, 2021

How to stop archived WhatsApp chats from popping back to your inbox

No more useless chats in the inbox


How to stop archived WhatsApp chats from popping back to your inbox Image by: Alexander Shantov

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If you’re using WhatsApp as your primary chat app, it lets you archive old conversations, so they don’t appear in your inbox. However, if there’s a new message in any of those conversations, you will see it back in your inbox.

Thankfully, WhatsApp has changed that feature to let you keep archived messages from popping back to your inbox — even if there’s a new chat. Here’s how you can enable it:

  • Open WhatsApp on your iPhone or Android device.
  • Head to Settings > Chat.
  • Turn on the “Keep Chats Archived” toggle.
WhatsApp's new feature to keep archived chats in the archived box even if there's a new message
WhatsApp’s new feature to keep archived chats in the archived box even if there’s a new message

Once you enable this, all your archived chats will stay in the archived box. This enables you to remove annoying groups that you can’t exit — like your  extended family group — from your inbox.

While you’re at it, you might want to check out our guide on how to send ‘view once’ images on WhatsApp.

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