Days after announcing the arrival of its new feature called Disappearing Messages, WhatsApp has finally started rolling out the same in India.
To use the brand new feature, one needs to upgrade the WhatsApp app on their device to the latest version from the Play Store and App Store. The feature, notably, is available across platforms including Android, iOS, desktop, KaiOS, and web.
Announcing the feature, WhatsApp said in its blog, “WhatsApp messages often live on our phones forever. While it’s great to hold onto memories from friends and family, most of what we send doesn’t need to be everlasting. Our goal is to make conversations on WhatsApp feel as close to in-person as possible, which means they shouldn’t have to stick around forever. That’s why we’re excited to introduce the option to use disappearing messages on WhatsApp.”
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The feature can be accessed by simply heading into a chat and then tapping on the name of the user (at the top) or group. There, besides seeing the contact’s status among other details, one will see a new option called Disappearing Messages.
Once turned on, WhatsApp, thereafter, will automatically delete the messages that you have sent in a group or to a user, after seven days.
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Talking about the seven days time period, WhatsApp said, “We’re starting with 7 days because we think it offers peace of mind that conversations aren’t permanent while remaining practical so you don’t forget what you were chatting about. The shopping list or store address you received a few days ago will be there while you need it, and then disappear after you don’t.”
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For media, WhatsApp says that any media you receive will be automatically downloaded to your photos. “If disappearing messages are turned on, media sent in the chat will disappear but will be saved on the phone if auto-download is on. You can turn auto-download off in WhatsApp Settings > Data and Storage Usage.”