INTRO: After apparently shelving the so-called ‘Vacation Mode‘ last month, WhatsApp has reportedly brought back the feature in its latest beta build. That’s consistent with WABetaInfo, which claims that code for the upcoming feature has now popped-up in WhatsApp v18.104.22.168 beta for Android. The feature, just in case you don’t realize it already, prevents notifications about new messages in archived chat threads.
Do note that the functionality isn’t yet available for general users and there’s no word yet on when it’ll go live. However, consistent with the report, the feature is currently under active development and will be available during a future update. Once the feature is live, the ‘Archived Chats’ section will move to the highest of the chats list. Tapping thereon will reveal a ‘Notification’ section which will enable users to settle on the behavior of archived chats when new messages arrive.
Alongside Vacation Mode, WhatsApp is seemingly also performing on another feature called ‘Media Guidelines‘. According to WABetaInfo, the feature will enable users to perfectly align stickers, text, and emojis while adding them to videos, images, and GIFs. This feature is additionally currently in development with no word on when it’d be available to general users.
Either way, there’s no more information on these upcoming features, but let’s hope that WhatsApp rolls them out sooner instead of later. That said, these are still within the development stage with no word on once they are going to be available for the overall public, so I won’t be holding my breath for a public release any time soon.