WhatsApp is testing a 24hr option for disappearing messages feature
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Popular messaging platform WhatsApp is testing a 24hr option for disappearing messages that would allow the messages to vanish 24 hours after being sent. Users have been enjoying the disappearing messages feature since it was introduced in an update, but many believe it would be more useful if messages could be deleted after 24 hours rather than seven days.

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WhatsApp is testing a 24hr option for disappearing messages, hopes to increase functionality

It is not certain when the feature will be availed to the public but reports from WABetaInfo hint that WhatsApp is testing a 24hr option for disappearing messages so users should be optimistic about seeing it in the near future.

When WhatsApp first launched the seven-day message disappearing feature last year, the company explained that it was beginning with seven days to provide “peace of mind that conversations aren’t permanent, while staying realistic so you don’t forget what you were talking about.” This suggests that the organization is constantly working to improve the feature’s performance.

WhatsApp is testing a 24hr option for disappearing messages and reports suggest that the 24hr disappearing message option has been in the testing phase for a month now. Despite the fact that the site’s screenshots show the feature being tested on an iPhone, it is supposed to be made available on the Android app as well.

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The new option would function in the same way as the current 7-day option: posts in a chat, will be removed after a fixed period of time, and group administrators will be able to switch disappearing messages on or off in group chats.

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WhatsApp is testing a 2hr option for disappearing messages along with a media-destruct feature, which will automatically wipe photos and videos after a fixed period has elapsed. The feature is expected to be offered to Android users first.

As WhatsApp is testing a 24hr option for disappearing messages, it’s important to note that WhatsApp has no way to protect you from other parties that might want to copy or screenshot your messages. The release date for the new feature has yet to be determined by the company.

Snapchat popularized a similar feature, and other messaging platforms such as Signal and Telegram have also introduced self-destructing messages.

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