WhatsApp now has a ‘vacation mode’ and this is how you can activate it

WhatsApp is one of the applications with the largest number of registered people in the world (Photo: archive)

Getting rid of technology seems like an impossible task, especially as digital advancements increasingly absorb all of people’s everyday aspects. Whether due to work, academic or social need, Platforms such as social networks are one of those details with which technological evolution has directly permeated the cultural and social behaviors of human beings.

It is very difficult, for example, to disconnect from WhatsApp. The messaging application owned by Facebook Inc. is one of the most important virtual platforms in the world, as revealed by the same company through a message published on its Twitter account at the beginning of this 2021:

“More than two billion users turn to WhatsApp every month to send 100 billion messages and connect more than one billion calls every day”

Of course, these figures only show one thing: WhatsApp is directly or indirectly having an impact on people’s normal activities and Although it is software that can be very helpful, sometimes the way users use it can become a reason for stress or discomfort.

Thinking about this, the same company was the one that decided to include among its functions an option with which to disconnect from the outside world or at least from those contacts (personal or business) that may be harassing your life.

With the ‘disconnection mode’, better known as ‘holiday mode’, WhatsApp allows its users to send the messages of some chats to the files area by default, in order to clear the minds of those people or entities that may be affecting the tranquility of Internet users during their stay on the platform.

“It is as if the group chat is ‘sleeping’ in the archive, so it will never be unarchived”, explained WaBetaInfo, one of the most famous specialized WhatsApp portals in the world.

In this way, people can take time out of some contacts or what is the same, a ‘vacation’ from the social network.

Photography of the WhatsApp application on a cell phone.  EFE / Marcelo Sayão / Archive
Photography of the WhatsApp application on a cell phone. EFE / Marcelo Sayão / Archive

Being a new option, many people are still unaware of its existence and, therefore, also ignorant of the way in which it can be activated and / or used. For this, Infobae brings a tutorial with which anyone can activate the ‘vacation mode’, whether they have a cell phone with an Android operating system or one with iOS.

Just follow these simple steps:

1. Open WhatsApp on your Apple or Android mobile device.

2. Now you will need to locate the Setting which in Android is in the upper right corner of the screen and is identified by three vertical dots, while in iOS it is found with a gear in the lower right corner.

3. After tapping on the Settings, you will have to go to Notifications to finally activate the ‘holiday mode’.

4. Finally, it only remains to return to the main WhatsApp screen and start archiving those chats, individual or group, that you want to silence for a while and in this way enjoy your period of disconnection from the app.

This new function is not yet enabled for everyone, as it is part of the most recent WhatsApp update. If it still does not appear on your cell phone, Don’t worry, surely in the next few weeks the app will be updated on your device and you will be able to enjoy the benefits of this tool.


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