WhatsApp has introduced a new feature dubbed “Disappearing Messages” which is now available in Kenya.
When enabled, this feature allows one to send messages that disappear after a week. It is available for both group and individual chats but only a group admin can enable or disable it in group chats.
“Once enabled, new messages sent in chat will disappear after seven days. The most recent selection controls all messages in the chat. Messages sent or received before disappearing messages is enabled won’t be affected,” read the statement released by WhatsApp.
Enabling disappearing messages
Either of the users can enable or disable disappearing messages in the individual chat. To enable;
Open the WhatsApp chat.
Tap the contact’s name.
Tap disappearing messages.
If prompted, tap “continue.”
To disable, follow the same path in the case of both individual and group chats (admin only). Once disabled, messages in the chat will no longer disappear.
When the feature is enabled, the chatbox will display the message to both parties that disappearing messages have been activated.
WhatsApp had earlier warned that if a disappearing message is forwarded to another chat, the forwarded disappearing message will not be wiped out. Also, if a user created a backup before the messages disappear, the file will be permanently saved. Moreover, if you reply specifically to a disappearing message in a chat, the quoted message will remain visible even after seven days.
The media files will be deleted if the feature is on, but they can still be found on the device if the auto-download option is turned on. It is worth noting that a user can still take a screenshot of the chat even if the feature is enabled.
The feature is available for Android, IOS and desktop. The company is yet to give an option to set time for the disappearing messages.