WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging apps. Billions of users around the world depend on the platform to reach loved ones and for business reasons. The app is slowly becoming a more versatile service that caters to various needs and use cases. It’s no longer an app that you only use with your friends and family. It becomes the default tool to contact anyone, regardless of the context and the lifetime of the connection. Despite the great Meta possessing WhatsApp, it still takes years for the app to acquire new features. And that’s surprising – given that apps with lower budgets, like Telegram, release comprehensive updates more frequently. It seems that the parent company just doesn’t care about the development of the instant messaging app. It only started supporting message reactions last month. And until now, there was no way to filter the chats that we have already read.
The company is currently rolling out the new Unread Chat Filter for WhatsApp Desktop Beta users on version 2.2221.1. It is unclear if this is a gradual rollout that affects a certain percentage of users or if it is a full rollout. The new filter button appears next to the search bar, as shown in the screenshot above. When you click on it, WhatsApp hides all your read chats and leaves the ones you haven’t viewed yet. There is also a button to clear the filter and restore the original view when there are no more unread threads.
This change is very welcome for those who receive a lot of messages on WhatsApp. Thanks to this button, we can notice and focus on the unread chats that have been buried at the bottom of the list. However, we still hope that the company will introduce more variations of this filter with conditions that are not just about the read/unread status of a certain conversation.
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