WhatsApp has officially announced its new ‘disappearing messages feature, by which new messages from the last 7 days will self-erase.
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.
The new setting will have no impact on previous chats. WhatsApp thinks that this will clear the unwanted reminders automatically, instead of going back and manually and clearing. It creates a sense of immediacy.
- If a user doesn’t open WhatsApp in the seven day period, the message will disappear. However, the preview of the message might still be displayed in notifications until WhatsApp is opened.
- When you reply to a message, the initial message is quoted. If you reply to a disappearing message, the quoted text might remain in the chat after seven days.
- If a disappearing message is forwarded to a chat with disappearing messages off, the message won’t disappear in the forwarded chat.
- If a user creates a backup before a message disappears, the disappearing message will be included in the backup. Disappearing messages will be deleted when a user restores from a backup
Media In Disappearing Messages
The media in the disappearing message will disappear, but if the auto-download is on, it will be automatically downloaded in the phone storage. Auto-download can be enabled in WhatsApp Settings > Data and Storage Usage.