Facebook-owned WhatsApp has finally introduced disappearing messages to its users. With this new feature, users can now be able to send disappearing messages for chats that will erase all messages after 7 days sent after you enable this feature.
This feature is also applicable to media files sent by the users. This new feature was earlier available only in ‘WhatsApp Beta mode’. Now the update is being rolled out globally, users will get these features by the end of November 2020.
“Our goal is to make conversations on WhatsApp feel as close to in-person as possible, which means they shouldn’t have to stick around forever. That’s why we’re excited to introduce the option to use disappearing messages on WhatsApp”. The company said in their blog post.
EMEA tech comms manager Alexandru Voica at @Facebook has also tweeted regarding the feature update.
Today, we’re excited to introduce the option to use disappearing messages on WhatsApp. When turned on, new messages sent to a chat will disappear after 7 days, helping the conversation feel lighter and more like a face to face conversation: https://t.co/WS857ctDLo pic.twitter.com/nGMyZPQMtz— Alexandru Voica ? (@alexvoica) November 5, 2020
For more details on ‘How to use Disappering Messages on WhatsApp’ please read their general post here.
To enable the disappearing messages you need to go into the contact profile section, and you will see below the media, links, and docs as in the above image. Select disappearing messages, and on first-time use, it will show you a pop-up message about the feature. And just turn on this feature, to turn it off again you can see the option in the same place.
One thing to note that a receiver can always have different ways to save your messages by taking screenshots, by forwarding them to another user. Even if you enable this feature the message you sent to a person will be automatically deleted after 7 days but the same can be accessed by a screenshot or a forwarded message.
And in the case of media files like images, videos, files, etc can be accessed by the gallery section or file manager whichever app receiver uses in their mobile even after messages getting disappeared. This feature is only applicable to WhatsApp, not any other media apps. The files are being stored in the mobile itself.