WhatsApp to add a new "disappearing messages" feature to it

The new “disappearing messages” feature in WhatsApp is going to roll out to the users soon. This new feature was initially spotted in October last year.

According to the details available on the FAQ page, which were first spotted by WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo, the Facebook-owned company said will release this feature with one of the upcoming updates.

Disappearing messages, as stated by WhatsApp FAQ page, are ones where a user can send messages that disappear on WhatsApp by enabling disappearing messages. Once enabled, new messages sent in the individual or group chat will disappear after seven days.

The Disappearing Messages feature will be available for iOS, Android, KaiOS, and Web/Desktop users for both individual messages and group chats. It would not be enabled by default and to use it, users will have to enable it manually.

WhatsApp has noted that the new feature would not affect messages a user previously sent or received on the instant messaging app. Once a user enables “Disappearing Messages,” all the new messages will only expire after seven days. A user cannot set time as to when they want them to disappear.

The details available on the FAQ page, which were first spotted by WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo, stated that if a user does not open the chat for 7 days, then the messages will disappear. But, if they have not cleared the notification panel, then they will be able to check the messages there.

WABetaInfo reported, “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.”

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Moreover, the chats can be found on Google drive if a user backups the chat before they disappear. But in case one plans to restore those disappearing messages from a backup, they would not be able to find them as they will be deleted. Also, WhatsApp will allow users to forward or take a screenshot of the disappearing messages.

One will also be able to save disappearing images and videos in camera roll, as there will be Save to Camera Roll option, which users have to manually enable. WhatsApp has, therefore, recommended the users to use the “disappearing messages” feature only with trusted individuals.

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