Facebook-owned cross-platform messaging app WhatsApp will be introducing a new disappearing messages feature this month. This will allow WhatsApp users to enable disappearing messages while chatting with friends, to delete messages automatically after a week.
This option can be enabled by anyone in individual chats, and group admins will be able to turn the disappearing messages option on in group chats. “We’re starting with 7 days because we think it offers peace of mind that conversations aren’t permanent while remaining practical so you don’t forget what you were chatting about,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said.
“The shopping list or store address you received a few days ago will be there while you need it, and then disappear after you don’t,” the spokesperson added. Enabling the disappearing messages option will also delete photos and videos after seven days, and while messages will be wiped out for both parties, it is still possible to take screenshots or copy messages before they are automatically deleted.
The disappearing messages can be enabled on a per-group or contact basis. Once the feature is fully rolled out to the users, it will be available as a new option in the contact section of each friend in WhatsApp. Note that the setting will not delete older messages, but only affect new messages after it is enabled by either party. WhatsApp is gearing up to roll out this option to all users this month. Stay tuned in here for the latest tech news!