How to use filters when searching for a chat on WhatsApp

How to use filters when searching for a chat on WhatsApp

The app's new filter system will help you quickly separate unread messages from group conversations.

WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messengers with more than two billion users, but the disadvantage of communicating through this application is that sometimes we deal with a huge number of chats. Between conversations with loved ones and group discussions, it is not uncommon to have about twenty conversations going on at once, and we end up getting lost in the threads of conversations.

Now Meta has decided to set up a filter system that will help us quickly find unread messages and group discussions in the midst of all this chaos. The addition of filters was already discovered by the user WABetaInfo in early July of 2023 in the WhatsApp beta update for Android, and then again spotted in late August 2023. Now is the time for widespread adoption of filters. The addition of this new feature to WhatsApp's toolkit has already begun and should go into full effect in the coming weeks.

The filters feature is especially useful when you have dozens of active conversations. You will no longer need to spend hours searching for the right discussion. 

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Where can I find WhatsApp search filters?

Thus, on Android or iOS, filters for sorting discussions are gradually appearing. There are now three categories: All Messages, Unread, and Groups.

You will find the filters at the top of your chats.  To apply them, click on them. An alternative method is to swipe left or right to switch between filter views.

When you have selected a filter, it becomes highlighted. Filters remain active until you change the filter view or close and reopen WhatsApp.

Filter names are pre-set and can't be changed. All chats with unread messages are added to the Unread view, while your group chats are added to the Groups view. Chats can't be recategorized or organized within these filters.

Other filters may be rolled out in the future. For example, there will be a tab reserved for personal conversations and another dedicated to professional conversations. Each of them will then have to indicate the nature of the discussions in order to be able to classify them correctly.