WhatsApp has in the past few weeks rolled out new features for its Android and iOS apps. iPhone users recently received call waiting support and the new group privacy settings. WhatsApp also rolled out features like fingerprint lock for Android users.
The instant messaging app is slated to introduce even more exciting features like dark mode and self-destructing messages which it has been working on for quite some now.
The Facebook-owned messaging app is still working on self-destructing messages update to provide a more stable and bug-free experience to its users before releasing the feature, according to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks the app’s updates. The update will automatically delete a message after a particular period of time as set by the user.
The feature is being simultaneously rolled out on the Beta version number 2.19.348. Users who have enrolled themselves for Google Play beta programme can download the latest version. Alternatively, you can also manually update the app by downloading it from the APK available on APK Mirror platform.
How Self-Destruction/Disappearing Message Feautre Will Work :
Once available, the ‘Delete Message’ feature will come with a toggle on/off button. Users can choose a particular time interval for the messages to automatically disappear.
There are five options for time intervals to choose from – 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month and 1 year. Accordingly, the messages sent to that chat will disappear. For instance, if the user opts for 1 hour time interval, the messages sent post-selection will be deleted after an hour.
Unlike Delete for Everyone on WhatsApp, this feature will not leave trace of messages deleted on the chat. At present, if users delete messages it displays a message which says “This message has been deleted”. With the new self-destructing feature, it will be like the message never existed in the first place. Do note that until the feature is turned off, messages will get deleted as enabled before.
Self-destructing messages aren’t something new and have existed in other messaging apps like Telegram and Signal. WhatsApp is in fact pretty late in introducing this feature. The Facebook-owned company is yet to introduce dark mode too which is already available on most popular apps. WhatsApp dark mode is said to be almost ready with only minor tweaks remaining.