WhatsApp Messenger, or simply WhatsApp, is an American freeware, cross-platform messaging, and Voice over IP service owned by Facebook, Inc. It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, makes voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other media.
WhatsApp officially released the much-anticipated “Disappearing Messages” feature on last week Thursday after offering a preview into how the feature would function until rolled out, with a time period of seven days before the message is immediately removed.
The functionality is used for both user and group chats. In group chats, though, group administrators may be able to trigger messages in group chats to vanish.
The Disappearing Messages feature is now official and will be rolled out to its 2-billion plus users during this month.
The Facebook-owned company said the 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. When the ‘disappearing messages’ feature is turned on, new messages sent to a chat will disappear after 7 days, helping the conversation feel lighter and more private,” it said in a statement.
WhatsApp confirmed the introduction of the feature on Twitter by saying, “Because not all messages deserve to hang around forever.”
“We’re starting with seven 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. 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,” it explained.
How the new Disappearing Feature of WhatsApp work:
The Disappearing Messages functionality will be available by the end of this month on all WhatsApp-supported devices, including KaiOS devices based on Apple, iOS, and Linux, along with the WhatsApp Site and Laptop platforms.
Earlier, WhatsApp already had a complete lowdown on how the ‘Disappearing Texts’ would work until allowed on its FAQ website.
As mentioned, new messages received in a person or group chat will vanish after seven days once the Disappearing Messages function is activated.
-Controls all messages in the chat with the most current set. WhatsApp said on its help page, “This configuration would not impact messages you previously sent or received during the conversation.”
-Disappearing messages will also wipe out photos and videos after seven days, and while messages will disappear for both parties it’s still possible to take screenshots or just simply copy messages before they are automatically deleted. Or, you can also save the photos or other content with auto-download on. You can turn auto-download off in WhatsApp Settings
> Data and Storage Usage.
-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.
How to enable or disable WhatsApp Disappearing messages feature:
How to switch on Disappearing Messages feature:
- Open the WhatsApp chat.
- Tap the contact’s name.
- Tap Disappearing messages.
- If prompted, tap CONTINUE.
- Select On
Does WhatsApp have disappearing messages?
WhatsApp officially released the much-anticipated “Disappearing Messages” feature last week Thursday after offering a preview into how the feature would function until rolled out, with a time period of seven days before the message is immediately removed.