Trick can stop texts from disappearing – you need to know how it works

WHATSAPP is working on a feature that could prevent disappearing texts from disappearing.

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

WhatsApp is testing a brand new feature


WhatsApp is testing a brand new featurePhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

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

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

Currently, with disappearing messages, you can set WhatsApp to automatically go back from sending texts after a certain amount of time.

This will delete the message from your phone and also from everyone’s device.

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But a new change to the feature would allow you to exempt certain texts from being deleted.

Meta-My WhatsApp currently allows you to manually delete texts within certain time periods.

But WhatsApp also has a feature that automatically deletes texts after a certain amount of time.

The new feature allows you to “keep this message” and prevent it from being automatically deleted.

This is a smart option as you may want to keep some messages while not sending most of the others.

There is also an option to “keep” a message, which will reverse that decision.

Of course, it could be months before WhatsApp launches this new feature live to the world.

And it’s entirely possible that the change will be scrapped before it even makes it to the final version of WhatsApp.

It’s not even available for beta testers yet – it’s still “in development” in the app.

How to send WhatsApp disappearance messages

So how do you activate Disappearing WhatsApp 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.

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.

If you want to try the latest WhatsApp features first, keep reading our guide how to join the beta under.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your 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.

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Participating in the WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult and has a limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s instructions here.

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