WhatsApp testing self-destructing messages feature

WhatsApp testing self-destructing messages feature
WhatsApp already offers the ability to unsend messages after you’ve pressed the all-important ‘send’ button but soon the messaging service could take the feature to the next level.

WABetaInfo has uncovered a new “disappearing messages” feature in version 2.19.275 of the Android app. It’s currently 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. 

Unfortunately, Disappearing Messages appears to be limited to group chats at the moment. Also, to activate it every message in the chat needs to be deleted after the selected timeframe – it can’t simply be limited to a few messages from one person. Nevertheless, this is a functionality that could be added in the future.

Other things that could be added in the future include the option of other timeframes – either 5 seconds or 1 hour is a pretty drastic difference – and compatibility with private WhatsApp conversations where the feature could be limited to just a small group of messages.

It’s unclear when Disappearing Messages will roll out to WhatsApp users but the feature will eventually allow the messaging app to reach parity with Telegram which has offered a Secret Chats feature for quite some time.



1. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

They should made a cool animation were the message burns or something. Facebook still will be saving these kind of messages.

2. Omega unregistered

It's hard to avoid Facebook because some of popular social media is currently owned by them.

3. Tizo101

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

These ppl are always testing, where is dark mode, finger print lock etc. Facebook is useless

4. Techno4

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 31, 2019

Always copying features from other messengers but still no where close to being as good.

5. Sarkirssian

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 01, 2019

I dont use Whatsapp and Facebook... so for me they can burn to hell.

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