This long-awaited feature, which first appeared in 2018 as a variant of Android’s silent mode, is still in development, as shown by version 220.127.116.11 of the beta of the application for Google’s operating system, which was published by the site WABetainfo.
Apparently in the trial version, this function makes an archived -silenced- conversation remain in this state even if it receives new notifications. In the previous version, the arrival of new messages automatically unarchived the chat and returned it to the main list of conversations.
In the new beta update, there were also changes to the interface of the messaging application. Specifically, a new section dedicated to archived conversations, where it is indicated that the user can move their chats there to keep them muted.
“Chats with new messages will not return to the main chat list,” the app explains. To check if someone wrote, the user must enter the conversations they have archived.
At the beginning of September, an update to the “vacation mode” allowed us to see that there would be a space dedicated to archived chats, from where you could access the Notifications option and choose the behavior of the app when new messages arrive. You could choose to notify them on the home screen or hide chats older than six months.
On the other hand, the application already allows you to silence the notifications of the chats without archiving them, for established periods of time – eight hours, a week, always. This is a setting that must be activated manually for each conversation.
The “vacation mode” function, as WABetainfo points out, is also being developed for iOS, and given the changes in the interface it is expected that it will soon be available to users.