WHATSAPP is testing a major change to its disappearing messages feature.
This feature now allows you to set WhatsApp to automatically destroy messages after a certain amount of time.
This will delete the message from your phone and any recipient’s device.
But a new change to the feature will let you waive specific texts.
WhatsApp now allows you to manually cancel texts at certain intervals.
But WhatsApp also has a feature that will automatically delete the text after a certain amount of time has passed.
The new feature allows you to “keep this message”, preventing it from being automatically deleted.
It’s a smart choice as you may want to keep some messages while canceling most others.
There is also an option to “unarchive” a message, which will reverse this decision.
Of course, WhatsApp could take months to roll out this new feature worldwide.
And it’s entirely possible that the change is dropped before it makes it to the final version of WhatsApp.
It’s not even available to beta testers yet – it’s still “in development” in the app.
How to send WhatsApp messages disappearing
So how do you enable WhatsApp messages to disappear today?
Open your app on mobile, then go to Settings > Accounts > Privacy.
Find Disappearing Messages and then set the switch to the On position.
Then, choose how long it takes for the message to disappear – 24 hours, 7 days, or 90 days.
A message will appear in the chat confirming that Disappearing Messages has been enabled.
To enable this feature on an existing chat, you need to first archive and then unarchive.
You can also enable Disappearing Messages on specific chats by tapping on a WhatsApp contact’s individual settings.
Of course, this system is not foolproof.
If someone takes a screenshot or records your chat, there is no way to remove that content from their phone using the official WhatsApp feature.
As always, the best way to keep embarrassing or unfortunate content on the internet is not to post it in the first place.
But if you’re particularly nervous, using Disappearing Messages is a great system to use.
Remember: only messages sent after you enable Disappearing Messages will be deleted. It won’t go back in time and erase your old mistakes for you.
Contents will also not be deleted in other chats to which they have been forwarded.
And Disappearing Messages will still be stored in the recipient’s backup – but will be deleted when that user restores from the backup.
Quoting a message can also cause the text to remain in the conversation, even if the original message has been deleted.
How to download WhatsApp beta
To download the WhatsApp beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on Android and search for WhatsApp.
Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.
Click the “I Join” button and then click “Join” to confirm.
Now all you have to do is wait for the app’s beta update.
Joining WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult and storage is limited.
Follow Apple’s instructions this.
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