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Disappearing Messages is now a thing on WhatsApp

by Felix Omondi

WhatsApp has just announced that it will soon roll out an update that will support disappearing messages. Yes, messages you send to individuals (and even groups) will evaporate away after seven days.

For the individual chats, any of the two parties involved can activate the disappearing messages feature. However, for the group chats, only the group’s admin can activate this feature.

We’re starting with seven 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,” – said a spokesperson from WhatsApp.

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.”

And the Photos, Videos, Voice Notes sent in chat?

Well, even the photos and videos shared in chats will disappear if the feature is activated. But… before you drop your guard down and think you can start sharing profanity or bullying people on WhatsApp. While the messages will disappear after seven days, you should know that it is a long time and more than enough time for someone to take screenshots or record the threads using another phone camera. So you can’t start monkey business with this feature.

In a nutshell, disappearing messages are only useful if you don’t want to keep track of chat from a long time ago. Not your ticket to start sending things you might later regret. WhatsApp.

When’s it coming out?

Well, as we can see from the tweet below. No date has been announced yet; neither is there an update on Play Store. So we reckon it must be soon, but we can tell just how soon is soon.

What do the People want?

And in other news, here are some of the users’ additional requested features to enrich their WhatsApp experience:


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