How to archive or unarchive a chat or group

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You can hide an individual or group chat from your Chats tab by archiving it.
Archived chats will stay archived when you receive a new message. You can access your archive at the top of the Chats tab.
Archive a chat or group
  1. In the Chats tab, swipe left on the chat or group you want to archive.
  2. Tap Archive.
Archive all chats at once
  1. Go to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Archive All Chats.
  2. Tap Archive All > Archive All.
View archived chats or groups
At the top of the Chats screen, tap Archived.
Unarchive a chat or group
  1. At the top of the Chats screen, tap the Archived icon > Edit > Select Chats.
  2. Select the chat you'd like to unarchive > Unarchive.
You can also manually unarchive a chat by searching for a contact name or message from that contact:
  1. In the Chats tab, tap the Search bar.
  2. Enter the name of the chat or contact name you want to unarchive.
  3. Swipe left on the chat you want to unarchive.
  4. Tap Unarchive.
More archive settings
To change the default settings so archived chats unarchive when new messages are received:
  1. Go to WhatsApp Settings > Chats.
  2. Turn off Keep Chats Archived.
Note:
  • Archiving a chat doesn’t delete the chat or back it up to your SD card.
  • You won't receive notifications for archived chats unless you're mentioned or replied to.
  • Archived individual or group chats will unarchive when you receive a new message from that individual or group chat unless Keep Chats Archived is turned on.
  • An @ symbol shows when someone has replied to or mentioned you in an archived group chat.
  • You can archive a community group chat by tapping a community from either the Chats tab or Communities tab. Then, tap and hold a chat inside the community. Tap Archive chat. You can’t archive a whole community. If you archive all groups within a community, your community will disappear from your Chats tab.
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