WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the niche. Its second only to Facebook Messenger. They’re both owned by Facebook so whatever way you look at it, Facebook owns the two most popular messaging apps available today. Unlike Messenger, WhatsApp works with your phone number and it’s a lot easier to know which of your contacts use it. There’s also the fact that WhatsApp has end to end encryption and it lets you share files pretty easily that make it a popular app. If you have one too many active chat threads, you might have trouble keeping track of the important ones. That’s why WhatsApp has added a new pin feature. You can pin a chat in WhatsApp to the top of the Chat tab and it won’t get lost among the other message threads.
This feature was added via an app update so make sure you’re running the latest version of WhatsApp. The update is already available worldwide so there’s nothing to wait for. All you need to do is update the app.
Open WhatsApp and go to the Chat tab. Swipe right on the chat thread you want to pin. Don’t swipe all the way to the right edge of the screen. This will mark messages in the thread as read or unread. Swipe right until you see two buttons; Read, and Pin. Tap the Pin button to pin a chat in WhatsApp.
A pinned thread has a pin icon on the right edge. To unpin a thread, swipe right again and tap the ‘Unpin’ button.
Pinned chats appear at the top of the Chat screen. It’s an easy way to keep track of them. Normally, the sequence the chat threads appear in changes based on recent messages. This means that if you have a muted group or contact with a new message, it will be pushed to the top. This will obviously push other more important threads down. If you use WhatsApp to communicate with a lot of people, just finding an important thread can become a challenge. In both cases, a pinned chat thread can make life easier.
The pinned thread will not change its position if a new message is sent or received over it. New chat threads that you pin are added to the top which means the ones you pinned before it will be pushed down. You have to be mindful not to overuse this feature. If you pin one too many chats, you will have to search through them too in the end.