The bizarre WhatsApp change lets you save deleted texts for the first time

WHATSAPP is working on a way to save messages that would disappear.

The huge change is in development – but details have been leaked online.

A new section called Kept Messages stores disappearing texts that you have saved


A new section called Kept Messages stores disappearing texts that you have savedPhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

The clever trick would work with auto-deleting WhatsApp messages.

And it would allow users to exempt certain texts so they don’t disappear – an important WhatsApp warning.

The feature was uncovered by the detectives WABetaInfowho mine regularly Whatsapp for upcoming changes.

“If someone keeps a disappearing message, it’s saved forever for everyone who joins the conversation,” WABetaInfo explained.

“But anyone can choose to restore their expiration date by rescinding it, and no one will be able to save it again.”

These saved disappearing messages are stored in a special section within the app called Kept Messages.

The feature is currently being developed for the WhatsApp beta trial version of the app.

In this release, only group admins are able to keep or maintain messages within groups.

“There may be an additional group option that will allow group admins to manage this setting in the future, but that’s just our personal guesswork,” noted WABetaInfo.

If you want to try new WhatsApp features first, follow our guide below.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone you have to go Google Play on yours Android and search for whatsapp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m in” button, then tap “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

Join the WhatsApp beta iOS to the iPhone is more difficult and has a limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s instructions here.

How to send WhatsApp disappearance messages

So how can you enable WhatsApp disappearance messages today?

Open your app on mobile, then go to Settings > Account > Privacy.

Check for missing messages, and then slide the switch to the On position.

Then select a time period for messages to disappear – 24 hours, 7 days or 90 days.

A message will appear in chat confirming that message disappearance has been enabled.

To enable it for an existing chat, you must first archive and then unarchive it.

You can also enable message disappearance for specific chats by tapping on a WhatsApp contact’s individual settings.

The system is of course not foolproof.

If someone takes screenshots or records your chat, there is no way to remove that content from their phone using an official WhatsApp feature.

As always, the best way to keep embarrassing or regrettable content off the internet is to not post it in the first place.

But if you’re particularly concerned, using Disappearing Messages is a great system.

Remember: only SMS sent after you enable Disappearing Messages will be deleted. It will not go back in time and erase old letters for you.

Texts are also not deleted in other chats to which they were forwarded.

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And disappearing messages are still stored in a recipient’s backup – but deleted when that user restores from the backup.

Quoting messages can also cause text to remain in a chat even though the original message has been deleted.

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