Instant messaging app WhatsApp has been spotted testing an archived chats feature on Windows. This feature is already present on mobile devices and will now allow users to do the same through their Windows PC. The new feature was spotted by WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo in WhatsApp for Windows beta 2.2213.3.0 and allows users to archive and unarchive their chats from within the Windows app itself. According to reports, the feature has been tested for beta users in the Universal Windows Platform version of WhatsApp, which is currently under development as a native app for Windows.
WABetaInfo’s report states that the archive feature is not as smooth in the beta and that unarchiving chats does not refresh the WhatsApp chat list. Archiving and unarchiving chat functionality is already available in the mobile app. The latest beta version of WhatsApp on Windows also comes with new icons for media, files, links, encryption and groups that appear in chat options.
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Beta testers of WhatsApp for Windows can update to the latest version by going to the Microsoft Store. The new version is not intended for regular WhatsApp users and it is unclear when it will be rolled out.
Earlier this week, a report said WhatsApp was working to allow users to send text messages to numbers that are not saved on their smartphones. The beta version of WhatsApp for Android 184.108.40.206 shows that the company is working on a solution allowing users to send WhatsApp messages to people who are not on their contact list.
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It was also recently reported that the Meta-owned instant messaging platform was imposing a new limit on message transfers. The Android and iOS betas of WhatsApp showed an upcoming feature that won’t allow users to forward a message to more than one group at a time.
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