WhatsApp has recently launched several features in the country with the aim to enhance the overall user experience. The Facebook owned messaging platform is now reportedly testing a new version of Archived Chats dubbed ‘Read Later’. So, what is the ‘Read Later’ feature that WhatsApp is working on and how does the feature works? When will this WhatsApp feature rollout for users officially? We will answer these questions in this piece today. Read on… Also Read - How to change WhatsApp phone number without losing chats
What is WhatsApp Read Later?
As the name suggests the Read Later feature will allow users to mute selected chats for as long as they want. The feature works a lot like the Vacation mode that the messaging platform has been working on for a long time now, as reports suggest. Also Read - WhatsApp OTP scam: What is it, how to stay safe
The key difference between the existing Archived Chats and the upcoming Read Later feature will be that the latter will not notify users when a new message arrives. Also Read - 5 upcoming WhatsApp features: Read Later, advanced wallpaper and more
For instance, if you add a contact to the Read Later option you will not receive any kind of notifications from the person. However, right now if you archive a chat WhatsApp still notifies users when a new message arrives from the contact. The upcoming Read Later feature is aimed to cut down on interruptions from the contact a user doesn’t wish to hear from.
How the WhatsApp Read Later feature works?
The Read Later feature has many similarities with the Archived Chats feature but the new one is a slightly enhanced version. So, once the feature is rolled out users will need to add a contact to Read Later. Once the contact is added users will no longer receive any sort of notifications from the person whether it’s a message, call or any other.
WhatsApp Read Later can be enabled or disabled by the user whenever they wish. As noted earlier, this feature will work a lot like the Vacation mode that WhatsApp has been working on for a long time. The messaging platform is yet to reveal more details about the Read Later feature.
When will the feature rollout?
The Read Later feature was recently spotted on the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS version, more specifically on WhatsApp iOS beta version 220.127.116.11. As the feature is already being tested we can expect it to roll out to happen very soon for users globally. The messaging platform is yet to reveal official details about the Read Later feature.