WhatsApp UWP beta gets reactions, archived chats feature on Windows 11
Meta-owned WhatsApp has been updated with support for archived messages feature in the latest version of Windows 11 and Windows 10. Additionally, the company is also testing a feature where you can react to messages with emojis, the same way you can react to messages on Instagram and Messenger.
Words aren’t always enough and Facebook is looking to boost engagement in WhatsApp with the introduction of reactions. In a future version of WhatsApp UWP, you’ll be able to react to messages with smiles, sad faces, and even a thumbs up or thumbs down emoji. Most of the reactions will be the same as you’ll experience on Instagram.
Facebook has previously said it is still testing ways to make WhatsApp and other messaging apps more fun and engaging. This new feature will allow people to share their feelings using emojis on a message. As with any experience in WhatsApp UWP, reactions won’t appear for everyone until Meta gets enough data from users.
Facebook is currently testing reactions in the WhatsApp desktop app in version 2.2208.1. It’s important to note that Meta owns all of these messaging apps, so it’s not a surprising move.
For those unaware, Facebook officially added News Feed reactions in 2015 and Messenger received the same feature in 2017. It makes sense to have them in WhatsApp UWP as well. It’s likely the feature will come to mobile devices first, so keep an eye out for apps for a wider rollout.
In addition to reactions, Meta has also started testing a new “archived” messages button for WhatsApp UWP. The “Archived Chats” feature is available on Android and iOS users, and it will allow desktop users to keep a few desired chats in a new section or folder called “Archived Chats”.
As you might have guessed, archived chats will be muted even if they receive new text messages.