Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp, is working on bringing chat filters to its platform to make managing all your conversations easier. Leaked screenshots suggests the platform is finally working on a way to filter different chats. The new feature promises to show you selection of your WhatsApp chats based on groups, unread messages, contacts, groups, and more. If you are a heavy WhatsApp user, the new filters could help bring some sanity to your conversation list. This may look like a small change, but it will help you quickly find the right chat when in a hurry. For now, though, you need to wait until WhatsApp gets around to rolling out this feature to its beta users.
The feature is a dream come true for those who are bombarded with messages on a regular basis from various friends, family and countless groups.
WhatsApp already offers chat filters as a part of WhatsApp Business, both on its desktop and mobile apps. It allows you to filter chats based on unread messages, from contacts not in your phonebook, saved numbers, and groups. As spotted by WABetaInfo, the messaging service now intends to bring the same filters to regular non-business users. The filter button will be visible in the top app bar, from where you'll be able to refine which chats are shown as per your preference.
WhatsApp has historically been deliberate towards making new additions to its platform and offered a barebones messaging experience. However, over the last year or two, it has rolled out several new features for millions of its users worldwide, including multi-device support, self-destructing media and messages, emoji reactions, etc.
While WhatsApp is still not as feature-rich as Telegram, the experience it now offers is vastly better compared to a few years ago.