How to Hide WhatsApp Chat

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In popular messenger service like WhatsApp, you may have chats with your loved ones. you don’t want to delete it, you don’t want other people to see either. Keeping too many chats will be clumsy in the chat menu as well. There is a solution for this problem, that is called Archive chats option. 

As the name suggests, using this option you will be able to hide the chats in the Archive folder of WhatsApp. Let’s see how to do it.

How to hide WhatsApp chat

How to Hide the Chats on android phone?

You can hide the messages individually or all the chats at one time. First, we are going to explain how to select a chat individually and hide it, using the following steps. To archive private chat, use the following steps. 

What if I Individually want to hide chats selectively

Step 1: Launch the Whatsapp by tapping on the Whatsapp icon. 

Step 2: Tap and hold on the chat you want to archive; this action selects the chat and shows you options in the upper right corner of the app. How to hide WhatsApp chat

Step 3: Tap the archive option, which looks like a downward arrow button. Now you have archived the chat, and you won’t be able to see it in the chats. How to hide WhatsApp chat You can also select multiple chats to archive. Same procedure applies to group chats also. 

Where, I can find again after hiding? 

You can find your hide friends at the bottom of the chat menu. Go down and down in the last you will see your friend there. You can also select multiple chats to archive using the above method. 

For groups chats same procedure for an individual chat applies.  If you want to archive all the chats, follow the steps below.

What if I want to hide All the friends?

If you want to archive all the contact chats, follow the steps below 

Step 1: Tap on the three dots in the Whatsapp window. 

Step 2: Goto Setting -> Chats -> Chat history 

Step 3: Now tap on Archive all chats option to archive all your chats.

How to Unhide the contacts from the Archive in android?

Archived or hide contacts option can be found at the bottom of the chats menu. If you tap and open it, it will show you the hidden contacts (archived) chats. 

Sometimes it leads to you to your profile. Follow the steps below to unarchive or unhide the contacts. 

Step 1: Open the chats tab and scroll it to the bottom. 

Step 2: Tap on the Archived Chats option, now you will be shown the archived chats. 

Step 3: Tap and hold on the chat you want to unarchive and tap on unarchive button, which looks like an upward arrow in the upper right corner of the app. 


Step 1: Open the chats menu and type the contact name or group name you want to unhide. 

Step 2: Tap and hold on the chat, and select the unarchive option which is like an arrow in the upper right corner.

How to hide or unhide the Chats on iPhone?

Procedure for the iPhone users are little different. 

Step 1: Launch Whatsapp by tapping on Whatsapp icon. 

Step 2: Open Chats menu. 

Step 3: Swipe left on the chat you want to hide. 

Step 4: Tap the Archive option shown on the right side of that particular chat. Now you have successfully hidden your chats in the archive folder. If you want to archive all the chats, you go to setting and tap on Archive all chats.

Where can I see the hidden chats on iPhone to unhide?

If you want to see the hidden message and unhide them, then follow the steps below 

Step 1: Open chats menu 

Step 2: Drag the screen down, now you will now be able to see Archived Chats 

Step 3: Tap on Archived chats to view your hidden messages 

Step 4: Swipe left on the chat, now you see the unarchive option 

Step 5: Tap the unarchive option to unhide your message. In conclusion, it is more meaningful to say this option archive than hiding. Because we just make the chats as old collections using archive option. 

One disadvantage of this archive option is that archived messages will automatically unarchive once you send new messages to those contacts.

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