WhatsApp, the messaging app par excellence, is not going through its best moments right now. The different controversies that have arisen after the changes in its privacy policy have caused a massive migration to apps like Signal and Telegram. However, that does not prevent the app from adding new functionalities. The last one replace the archived chats section with ‘Read later’ and automatically disables notifications.

‘Read later’ is actually the name that appears in the beta of the Android app. Currently in testing, the functionality has been discovered by WABetaInfo in version 2.21.2.2 beta for Android. As seen in the screenshots, it is a name change for the archived chats section that adds some extra features.

Filed and silenced

The functionality to archive chats He has been on WhatsApp for several years now. An archived chat simply means that it no longer appears in the recent conversations section. However, it reappears the moment we receive a new message, regardless of whether we have archived the conversation. This is no longer the case with ‘Read Later’.

As we can see in the screenshots where WhatsApp describes the functionality, we will not receive any notification of chats that have been saved in ‘Read later’. WhatsApp itself indicates the reason for this: “To reduce interruptions, chats with new messages will stay here and you will not have any notification.”

That said, it appears that it will be possible to use WhatsApp as before. In the app settings there is an option so that conversations that receive new messages and are in ‘Read later’ return to the main screen. By activating this option we essentially make ‘Read Later’ just a name change.

‘Read later’ comes to WhatsApp, the function that replaces archived chats and automatically mutes those conversations

Either way, for now is a change that has appeared in the beta version by WhatsApp. This means that you do not have to reach the final version and that if you do so you can also do it with more changes or variations. It is also unclear when WhatsApp will decide to implement this for all users.

‘Read later’ comes to WhatsApp, the function that replaces archived chats and automatically mutes those conversations