WhatsApp is working on self-disappearing messages from this October. This feature lets users delete their messages automatically after a specific period of time. WhatsApp beta version 2.19.348 for Android shows the disappearing messages feature which has now been renamed to ‘Delete Messages’. This feature is currently being worked on and it isn’t available for public beta users as yet. WhatsApp’s Delete Messages feature is available for one-to-one and group chats.
WhatsApp has released a new Android beta update, and this version is said to show the company restarting work on a previously reported feature. This feature, earlier called Disappearing Messages, allowed users to delete their messages automatically after a specified period of time. This feature has now been renamed to Delete Messages in the latest beta. The Delete Messages feature is also under development, therefore you won’t be able to see it even after you update to the latest beta version.
The latest Android beta from WhatsApp carries the version number 2.19.348. You can install the update via the Google Play Store programme or can be sideloaded using an APK from APK Mirror. The feature is available in Contact Info or Group Settings and can be enabled by administrators only. As mentioned, this feature is still under development, so users won’t be able to see it even after updating to the latest beta.
The admins will be able to turn this feature on or off in a group chat. As for the time intervals users have five options to choose from – 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month and 1 year. According to the time interval chosen messages sent to that chat will disappear. For example, if it’s 1 hour every message sent in that particular chat will disappear after that time.
Unlike ‘Delete for Everyone’, this feature doesn’t leave a trace on deleted messages. When users delete messages on WhatsApp a message is displayed – “This message has been deleted”. But with disappearing messages it will be like the message never existed. Disappearing or self-destructing messages isn’t new and has been available on messaging apps like Telegram. Additionally, the Dark Mode is expected to roll out soon.