WhatsApp experiments 24-hour timer for message disappearing feature

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Facebook-owned popular messaging platform WhatsApp is reportedly planning to update the message disappearing feature which automatically deletes messages in chats after 24 hours.

Last year November, WhatsApp had launched the disappearing messages feature. As the name suggests the feature would automatically delete messages in chats but the timer was set for seven days.

As per reports of WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is testing the ability to set messages to disappear after 24 hours. This feature is currently under development and there is no further information on when it will be released for all users. When WhatsApp launched disappearing messages, it stated that the 7-day duration was set so that users don’t lose important messages. 

The disappearing messages feature of WhatsApp can be enabled for group chats and one-on-one conversations as well. This feature is turned off by default, and it can be turned on through the contact or group info. In group chats, only admins have control over disappearing messages but in other chats, both parties can turn it on or off whenever they want to.

Similar to the earlier delete messages feature, the new update too will have the disclaimer that messages have disappeared from the chat. Even though the messages disappear after seven days, they will still be visible in the notifications preview if the chat hasn’t been opened yet. Also, quoted messages will remain in the chat even after they’ve disappeared. This applies to forwarded messages as well where the text will still be visible even if it has disappeared from the original text.

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