WhatsApp launches disappearing messages feature

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WhatsApp disappearing messages features is finally officially announced by Whatsapp and it’ll soon be rolling out to both iOS and Android devices.

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The feature, once enabled, will allow you to send messages to your WhatsApp contacts that will automatically disappear in 7 days.

WhatsApp disappearing messages

You can send disappearing messages in WhatsApp to both individual contacts and in group chats.

While you can turn on or off the disappearing messages in individual chats, only the group admins are allowed to do that in group chats.

People can still take screenshots or copy the disappearing messages within the 7 day period, so WhatsApp warns you to only use this feature with trusted people.

How does WhatsApp disappearing messages work

According to WhatsApp, the disappearing messages in WhatsApp works in the following ways:

  • If a user doesn’t open WhatsApp in the seven day period, the message will disappear. However, the preview of the message might still be displayed in notifications until WhatsApp is opened.
  • When you reply to a message, the initial message is quoted. If you reply to a disappearing message, the quoted text might remain in the chat after seven days.
  • If a disappearing message is forwarded to a chat with disappearing messages off, the message won’t disappear in the forwarded chat.
  • If a user creates a backup before a message disappears, the disappearing message will be included in the backup. Disappearing messages will be deleted when a user restores from a backup.

However, media sent to the chats will be saved to your phone if automatic download is enabled even if the media file will be disappearing from the chat in 7 days.

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When will you get the feature?

The feature is expected to roll out to the stable versions of WhatsApp in Android and iOS across the world in the coming weeks.

If you are a beta user of WhatsApp you might already be able to get access to the disappearing messages feature from the chat settings.

What do you think about this new feature in WhatsApp? Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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