WhatsApp has formally confirmed the event of disappearing messages function for its messaging platform. According to the WhatsApp assist web page, as soon as the function is enabled, new messages despatched in a person or a bunch chat will disappear after seven days. The Facebook-owned messaging firm has additional highlighted that the setting wouldn’t have an effect on beforehand despatched or obtained messages in a chat. The disappearing message function will rollout on WhatsApp for net, Android, iOS, and KaiOS; nevertheless, its precise date of availability stays unclear.
WhatsApp explains that the disappearing message function not solely works with textual content messages however may also be used whereas sharing multi-media recordsdata akin to pictures and movies. However, if the disappearing message is forwarded to a chat, the forwarded disappearing message won’t disappear, the corporate cautioned. Similarly, if a person creates a backup earlier than a message disappears, the disappearing message might be included within the backup. WhatsApp additionally states that if a photograph or video is shipped with the identical setting, however in case the auto-download is switched on, the file will save within the gallery and disappear from the actual chat. “When you reply to a message, the preliminary message is quoted. If you reply to a disappearing message, the quoted textual content may stay within the chat after seven days,” it added.
The Facebook-owned messaging firm additionally highlights that the disappearing messages ought to be despatched to a “trusted” WhatsApp person as one can all the time take a screenshot. However, in a person chat, both person can flip disappearing messages on or off. Whereas, in a bunch chat, solely group admins can flip disappearing messages on or off. WhatsApp additional says that if a person would not open the platform inside seven days, the message will disappear, although its preview may nonetheless be seen within the notification bar.
As talked about, the function’s availability particulars at present stay unclear. However, with the disappearing messages assist web page going reside, its rollout seems to be sooner. The newest growth comes a yr after the function was first noticed on the platform’s beta model for Android. As famous by WABetaInfo, disappearing messages appeared on WhatsApp beta model 2.19.275 for Android final yr.