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WhatsApp announces and explains new auto-deleting messaging feature

WhatsApp has officially confirmed that it is developing a feature that will make messages disappear on its messaging platform. According to the WhatsApp support page, once enabled, with this feature, new messages sent in an individual or group chat will disappear after seven days.

The Facebook-owned messaging company also pointed out that the setup will not affect messages previously sent or received in a chat. The disappearing message feature will launch on WhatsApp for web, Android, iOS, and KaiOS; however, its exact date of availability remains uncertain.

WhatsApp explains that this new feature will not only work with text messages, but can also be used while sharing media files, such as photos and videos. However, if the missing message is forwarded to a chat, the forwarded missing message will not disappear, the company warned.

Likewise, if a user creates a backup before a message disappears, the disappearance message will be included in the backup. WhatsApp also informs that if a photo or video is sent with the same configuration, but if the automatic upload is enabled, the file will be saved in the other user’s gallery and disappear from the specific chat.

“When you reply to a message, the original message is quoted. If you reply to a message that disappears, the quoted text may remain in the chat after seven days,” he added.

WhatsApp is preparing a feature that will make messages disappear after 7 days

The Facebook-owned messaging company also emphasizes that messages that go missing should be sent to a “trusted” WhatsApp user, as a screenshot can still be taken. However, in an individual chat, any of the users can turn the disappearing messages on or off. Whereas, in a group chat, only group admins can enable or disable disappearing messages. WhatsApp also states that if a user does not open the platform for seven days, the message will disappear, although their view may still be visible in the notification bar.

As mentioned, the availability details for this feature are currently unclear. However, with the launch of the messages support page disappearing, that could mean that its launch may not be far away.

The latest development comes a year after the feature was discovered in a beta for Android. As reported by the WABetaInfo staff, this feature had already appeared in the beta version of WhatsApp 2.19.275 for Android, last year.

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