Whatsapp is reportedly testing a new archive mode. The feature is a Beta version 2.19.101. Vacation Mode or “Ignore archived chats” will stop archived chats from being unarchived when a new message arrives. This will make it easier to temporarily ignore certain conversations and not fill up your main chats screen.
Currently, the messaging service automatically unarchives the archived chats when a user receives a new message from a friend or group. WhatsApp will also add a new Archived cell in the main Conversation window, that will appear when you slide down the chats list.
📝 WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.101: what's new?
WhatsApp is finally developing a Vacation Mode feature 🏖 for Android, called now Ignore archived chats (available in future) and Archived chats moved in this beta (enabled).
Details in the article.https://t.co/HBrJN1Idtk
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) April 10, 2019
As per wABetaInfo, the “Ignore archived chats” option can be found in Settings->Notifications.
The feature is still under development and not available for use even in the latest beta.