Update: Pinning conversations is now live for stable version as well. The feature is available in WhatsApp version 2.17.190.
The much-rumored feature of WhatsApp – pinned chats is now a reality, though only for Beta users for now. WhatsApp Beta rolled out a new update that bumps the version to 2.17.162 and allows you to pin important conversations to the top.
If you don’t know what “conversation pinning” means, well, when new messages come in, the pinned chats will not be pushed down, they will stay at the top of the conversation list. Pinned chats make it easy to start and track the conversation whenever the app is opened. This is great for both personal and professional uses.
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Pinning conversations is extremely easy. All you need to do is long touch the conversation that you want to pin and tap the pin icon in the top bar. When you pin a conversation, it will appear on top of the conversation list and will have a pin icon next to it to differentiate it from the rest. You can pin both individual conversations and group chats. Further, you can pin up to three chat threads as of now.
To unpin a chat, again long press the chat thread and tap the unpin icon in the top bar.
Also, chat pinning feature is now available on WhatsApp web and desktop as well.