How to archive or unarchive a chat or group

The archive chat feature allows you to hide an individual or group chat from your CHATS list to better organize your conversations.
Note:
  • Archiving a chat doesn’t delete the chat or back it up to iCloud.
  • Archived individual or group chats will stay archived when you receive a new message from that individual or group chat.
  • You can see how many individual or group chats have new messages by scrolling to the top of the CHATS screen.
Archive a chat or group
  1. In the Chats tab, swipe left on the chat or group you want to archive.
  2. Tap Archive.
You can archive all chats at once in WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Archive All Chats.
View archived chats or groups
  1. Scroll to the top of the Chats tab.
  2. Tap Archived Chats.
Unarchive a chat or group
  1. In the Archived Chats screen, swipe left on the chat or group you want to unarchive.
  2. Tap Unarchive.
You can 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 content from the chat you want to unarchive.
  3. Swipe left on the chat you want to unarchive.
  4. Tap Unarchive.
Alternative archive settings
To change the default settings so archived chats unarchive when new messages are received:
  1. Open WhatsApp Settings.
  2. Tap Chats.
  3. Turn off Keep chats archived.
Related resources:
How to archive or unarchive a chat or group: Android | Web and Desktop | KaiOS
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