01 December 2020
WhatsApp has officially announced the release of disappearing messages. This is the new feature for both Android and iOS users for which the team even released a guide about a couple of days ago. The new feature is essentially the ability to send ephemeral messages that we have seen with many other apps as well.
WhatsApp disappearing messages will be available for 7 days and then get deleted automatically. These messages can be sent in individual as well as group conversations. The only thing to keep in mind is that you do enable the disappearing messages feature before sending any message that you would like to get auto-deleted.
The feature will need to be enabled for each conversation manually. For group conversations, it can be enabled and disabled only by group admins. Once the feature is turned, the recipient will also be notified about the change. Once you decide that you want to continue with a normal conversation where messages stay permanently, you will need to disable the feature.
WhatsApp is quick to clarify that even though these messages will get deleted automatically after 7 days, there are still different ways other people can choose to keep a copy of those messages. For example, users can choose to take a screenshot of the conversation or even copy the messages. Similarly, media files can be saved to the phone.
The disappearing feature has already started rolling out. It should become available for everyone around the world in the coming days. Just make sure to download any WhatsApp Android and iOS update that may arrive on your device.