A HUGE WhatsApp update means some of your texts may now auto-delete.
You may notice that after a period of time, some chats start to empty themselves.
This comes with a new privacy feature – so don’t panic.
For years, WhatsApp messages were permanent: even if you deleted them, everyone else could still see them.
Then WhatsApp allowed you to “unsend” SMS within a certain period of time – and delete them for you and all recipients.
Last but not least, earlier this year WhatsApp introduced a new feature that automatically “unsent” messages.
This is important because it means some texts sent to you will not be preserved.
And if you activate it, your own texts will also disappear.
It is an important privacy feature that you should enable.
And if you don’t enable it, note that texts sent to you can still be “unsent”.
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.
Warning about disappearing texts
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 new WhatsApp features first, consider joining the beta using our guide below.
How to get WhatsApp beta
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.
Follow Apple’s instructions here.
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