WhatsApp Working on Disappearing Messages for Chats

Disappearing messages in WhatsApp

Based on the screenshot provided, the user can have the messages be visible anywhere from 5 seconds up to 1 hour.

As the name suggests, disappearing messages will allow you to mark all eligible messages inside chats to be automatically deleted after a certain amount of time, such as after five seconds or one hour. According to the folks at wabetainfo, the latest beta version of Whatsapp is starting to lay down the foundation for disappearing messages.

Disappearing messages are now only being tested for groups.

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WhatsApp, of course, is the only Facebook app that supports end-to-end encryption, so your messages are already secure. It's now in the early stages of development and could still be subject to change, but in its current form the feature allows you to set messages to delete after either 5 second or an hour leaving no trace of them behind. It will not be possible to segregate between sending one disappearing message, while keeping other messages regular.

WABetaInfo claims that once a message is removed, there will be no traces of it left behind in the group chat. But intervals at which messages disappear would better suit user requirements if expanded beyond just the two choices. And unlike the delete for all feature, which leaves behind a trail once removed, the disappearing messages reportedly leave no signs whatsoever. The feature is now in alpha testing according to a recent discovery, so there's no telling when or even if the new Snapchat-esque feature will ever actually make it to the app. While we are waiting on the dark mode to finally make an appearance, WhatsApp is working on a new feature that's quite popular among today's millennials - ephemeral messages.

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