WhatsApp’s current disappearing messages function effectively deletes messages or media files after seven days (if enabled). However, before you activate the disappearing messages option, this has no effect on the existing messages in the conversation.
In November 2020, WhatsApp introduced the disappearing messages function, which allows users to send special texts or media files that will vanish from the chat after seven days. Unlike rival Telegram, which allows users to customise the timing by selecting from a menu of options, WhatsApp does not yet allow users to do so.
The company appears to be experimenting with the option to schedule messages to vanish after 24 hours, in addition to the current seven-day cycle. The feature is still in progress, so details are scarce for the time being.
WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo announced the news in a tweet on March 6. The publication did not specify whether the 24-hour disappearing messages feature was available on WhatsApp’s Android, iOS, or both beta versions. The function is currently available on WhatsApp for Android, iOS, desktop, KaiOS, and web; however, users must manually activate it. To allow the function (individual chat) on WhatsApp for Android and iOS devices, users must first open a WhatsApp chat > > Tap the name of the contact > Tap Messages that have vanished > Tap ‘CONTINUE’ > Choose On if asked. WhatsApp for desktop, mobile, and iOS can all use the same tool, according to the Facebook-owned business.
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