How to Archive or Unarchive WhatsApp Chat

Written by Thirumalraj

First, here are some vital things to note:

  • The Archive chat feature lets you hide WhatsApp chats.
  • When you default archive chats, WhatsApp will move them to the “Archived” folder with their notifications turned off. Even if you receive new messages or send messages from an archived conversation, it’ll remain there unless you unarchive it.
  • But remember, if you’re mentioned or quoted in a group chat, you’ll receive a notification, and the archived conversation will remain in the “Archived” folder.
  • You can set the archived chat to get unarchived automatically when a new message is received or when a message is sent from it. I’ve discussed it in this section (How to Change the Default Archive Setting).
  • Archiving the chat won’t delete it.
  • WhatsApp doesn’t back up archived chats.

Let’s see how to hide WhatsApp chat (group or contact) on Google Pixel 4a (Android 12), iPhone X, and Windows 11 PC.

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How to Hide WhatsApp Chat on Android Phone

Here are the steps:

  1. Launch the WhatsApp Messenger app and press and hold the chat(s) you want to hide.
  2. Tap the Archive icon at the top.

That’s it.

“Archived” is now visible at the top of the Chats tab, and tap on it to see all your secret chats.

The above steps apply to single, multiple, and all chats. To archive all your WhatsApp conversations, you can also try these steps:

Open WhatsApp. Tap the three vertical dots at the top right. Select Settings > Chats > Chat history.

Select “Archive all chats” and tap OK on the popup.

How to Unarchive WhatsApp Chat on Android

Here’s how to unarchive archived chat:

Long press archived conversation(s) you wish. Tap the Unarchive icon at the top.

So that’s all there is to it.

You can also follow these steps to unarchive all WhatsApp chats at once:

Open WhatsApp. Tap the three vertical dots at the top right. Select Settings > Chats > Chat history.

Select “Unarchive all chats.” You’ll only see this option if all your chats are archived.

You’ll see a popup window and tap OK on it.

How to Archive Chats in WhatsApp on iPhone

Open the WhatsApp app and long-press the chat you want to hide.

You can see the Archive option. Select it, and that’s all.

“Archived” is now visible at the top of the Chats tab, and tap on it to see all your secret chats.

Here’s an alternate method to archive: swipe chat to the left. You can see the Archive option. Tap on it.

Here’s how to hide multiple or all WhatsApp chats at once:

Tap Edit at the top left of the Chats tab. Select the conversation(s), and tap Archive at the bottom left.

You can also follow these steps to archive all chats at once:

Open the WhatsApp app. Select Settings from the bottom, and then Chats.

Select Archive All Chats and tap on “Archive All” in the popup.

How to Unarchive WhatsApp Chats on iPhone

Long press archived chat, and you’ll see the Unarchive option. Select it.

Here’s an alternate method: swipe chat to the left. Select Unarchive.

Here’s a method to unarchive many or all chats at once:

Go to the Archived folder and tap Edit on the top right.

Tap Select Chats. Select the conversation(s) and tap on “Unarchive” at the bottom left.

Here’s how you can also unarchive all chats at once:

Open the WhatsApp app. Select Settings from the bottom, and then Chats.

Select Unarchive All Chats between “Move chats to Android” and “Clear All Chats.” Note that this option is only available if all chats have been archived.

That’s all.

Archive and Unarchive Chat on WhatsApp Web

Hover your mouse over the chat you want to hide and click the down arrow or right-click on the conversation you like.

Click on “Archive chat.”

That’s all.

The Archived folder is now visible on the left sidebar, where you can see all your archived WhatsApp chats.

To unarchive archived chat, follow the steps above and click Unarchive chat. Click on it.

Here’s an alternative method:

To archive, open the chat. Press keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E.

To unarchive, press the same key combination after selecting archived chat.

How to Change Default Archive Setting

The archived chat will remain in the Archived box until unarchived by default.

You can change this, and if you do, archived chats get unarchived automatically if you send a message from them or if they receive a message.

Here are the steps to do that on an Android phone and iPhone.

Android Device

Open WhatsApp. Tap the three vertical dots at the top right.

Select Settings, and then hit Chats.

Turn off “Keep chats archived.” You can find this one between Font size and App Language.

Note: To revert, turn it on.

iPhone

Open the WhatsApp app. Select Settings from the bottom, and then Chats.

You can find “Keep Chats Archived” between Export Chat and Move Chats to Android. Switch it off.

Note: To revert, turn it on.

That’s it.

Thanks for reading.

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