WhatsApp's disappearing message feature is here. How to use it, and the loopholes to watch out for


WhatsApp Disappearing Message

WhatsApp is rolling out its new disappearing messages feature for users. 

While the feature sounds similar to that offered by apps like Telegram, Snapchat, Signal and Wire, it is slightly different as the Facebook-owned messaging service has a fixed period of time after which the messages will get deleted. 

The other apps give users the option to select the time period for which they want to keep the message before it is deleted.

 

How WhatsApp's Feature Works


WhatsApp has set a time limit of 7 days after which the message will automatically disappear from the chat, if you have switched on the feature.

In a blog post, WhatsApp said, "Our goal is make conversations on WhatsApp feel as close to in-person as possible, which means they shouldn't have to stick around forever. That’s why we’re excited to introduce the option to use disappearing messages on WhatsApp."

Explaining how control will work for the feature, the blog post added, "When disappearing messages is turned on, new messages sent to a chat will disappear after 7 days, helping the conversation feel lighter and more private. 

In a one-to-one chat, either person can turn disappearing messages on or off. In groups, admins will have the control."

While there is no confirmation whether WhatsApp plans to give users options to manually set the time limit for a message to disappear, it did say that it is "starting with 7 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."

How To Activate It

Users need to open a contact's chat on WhatsApp and select the Disappearing Messages setting as 'on'. You can disable the setting at any time in the same manner.

Not Everything Disappears

 
While the feature is aimed at making chats more secure, it does have loopholes. For example, if someone quotes and replies to a disappearing message, the quoted text will remain in the chat even after seven days.

Similarly if a user creates a backup before a message disappears, it will be included in the backup. "Disappearing messages will be deleted when a user restores from a backup," WhatsApp explained in its blogpost.

If you have sent media with the disappearing feature on, while it will disappear from the chat but will be saved on the phone if auto-download is on.

The feature will roll out to all users by the end of the month. 

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