WhatsApp has announced the availability of a new feature that will make disappearing messages the default behaviour for all new chats on the end-to-end encrypted messaging network.
WhatsApp’s disappearing messages feature, which allows messages, photographs, and videos to be designated to disappear after seven days, has been available for more than a year. Members with administrator credentials can enable the functionality for direct messaging and groups.
According to the company’s blog the most recent version of the function allows users to enable all new communications to disappear by default, providing them the option to depart from the conventional world in which there is a permanent digital record of everything said.
With default disappearing messages and varied durations, we are delighted to give our users with more options for controlling their messages and how long they stay around.
WhatsApp users may now set disappearing messages to be enabled by default for all new chats. When activated, any new one-on-one chats you or another person start will be set to expire after the length you specify, and we’ve included a new option when starting a group chat that allows you to turn it on for groups you create. This new feature is entirely optional, and it has no effect on your existing chats.
In addition to the default choice, WhatsApp is introducing two more lengths for vanishing messages: 24 hours and 90 days, in addition to the existing 7-day option.
How To Activate WhatsApp Disappearing Message
To make disappearing messages the default setting for all new individual chats, navigate to WhatsApp Settings -> Account -> Privacy -> Default message timer, and then enter a duration.
When someone decides to use default disappearing messages, WhatsApp will display a message in their conversations informing people that this is the default they’ve chosen, making it apparent that it’s not personal.