Soon, Your Whatsapp Chats Will Self-Destruct Based On Timer: 1 Hour, 1 Day, 1 Week, 1 Month Or 1 Year!

All social media platforms including Whatsapp are constantly updating their interface to make it more user friendly and appealing. WhatsApp recently launched the Dark Mode feature, which was in the development phase for quite a long period. 

The users who like Snapchat’s feature of vanishing messages are in for a treat! Whatsapp in its beta version of the application is testing a new ‘self-destructing’ messages feature.

Read to find out more about this new upcoming feature…

More About the Self-Destruct Feature!

The feature was reported in October, 2019, but was only applicable in group chats. According to WABetaInfo, a website that tracks the latest WhatsApp features and changes, the feature was seen in Android versions 2.20.83 and 2.20.8 and was available in private chats.

As the name ‘self-destruct’ indicates, messages can be timed to self-destruct within an assigned time period. The feature is similar to the Stories feature on the Whatsapp application, that lets users post pictures and videos for a limited period of time. This new feature will limit the timing on text and is expected to be restricted to private and group chats. The feature may soon be functional in the near future.

The user gets a choice to self-destruct the text message in different time frames ranging from one hour to one year. Despite the various options offered, the report suggests the feature is still disabled on the application.

While it’s likely WhatsApp will ultimately release it and it’s also possible that the app scraps the feature altogether.

How to Implement it?

When you open a person’s profile in WhatsApp, you can now see the new option right above the “Encryption” prompt. Clicking on it opens a pop-up which lets you set a timer for automatic deletion like one hour, one day, one week, one month or one year. Once it’s activated, a clock icon next to the read receipts will mark messages set for self-destruction.

However the implementation seems to be inferior as compared to the instant messaging platform’s rivals.

How Will it be Helpful?

The new ‘self-destruct’ feature helps those users who don’t trust Whatsapp’s encryption to keep sensitive information safe. The users think it a better option that third-parties won’t read the messages than deleting them constantly.

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