WhatsApp is reportedly launching a new functionality that will help you unwind more easily on holiday. 'Vacation Mode' will enable users to completely mute all group chats so that no notifications will appear on your phone, either in your lock screen or in the app itself.
Currently, users can mute WhatsApp chats, but notifications still appear when the app is opened. Vacation Mode will ensure that all messages are automatically archived, meaning that messages won't appear anywhere on your phone while the mode is active.
Last year, it was reported that four in ten Britons check their work emails and work calls during their break. WhatsApp's new service will go a little way in helping holiday-makers to switch off.
To enable the functionality, users need to mute the group chat, archive it and then once this is done the Vacation Mode option can be activated to prevent further messages from appearing. It's still unclear when the service will launch, but The Independent reports that it could come into play within the next few weeks.
Also in the rumoured pipeline are WhatsApp sliding adverts, which will appear in between messages. The app's vice president, Chris Daniels, told the Economic Times that these ads will serve as the "primary monetisation mode for the company".