WhatsApp Now Allows Users Options To Set Messages To Disappear Automatically

WhatsApp has just added a new feature that lets users set messages in a chat to automatically be deleted after a set period. This means that messages will no longer be staying on chats till infinity.

The company said in an update that its users will now have the option to turn on disappearing messages automatically for all their new one-on-one chats so that all future messages will be automatically deleted from the service.

It further said that it is giving users more options for how long before a message is deleted. When the feature first launched in November last year, users only had the option of having messages disappear after seven days.

Going forward, however, there will also be the option of deleting them after just 24 hours or 90 days. The new functionality was previously reported as being in development by WABetaInfo.

WhatsApp notes that turning on disappearing messages by default won’t affect existing chats. When you start a new one-on-one chat, a notice will appear to say that the disappearing messages feature is turned on, alongside a note that says it’s on by default (so your contacts don’t think it’s anything personal). You also have the option of turning the setting off for individual chats.

WhatsApp users can now make their one-one chats disappear in 24 hours or 90 days.

Also, it was stated that the new default setting doesn’t affect group chats, but a new option has been added when creating groups to let users enable the disappearing messages feature.

The new feature is available on all platforms. To enable it on iPhone and Android devices, navigate to WhatsApp’s Settings > Account > Privacy > Default message timer menu and select the duration.

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