WhatsApp is pushing a bunch of new features to its services in order to make it more competitive with the likes of Instagram Direct and Telegram.
The Facebook-owned platform has announced the rollout of “Disappearing Messages” feature that will allow its users to send messages that will automatically vanish after a certain period of time.
WhatsApp further announced a new storage tool named “Manage Storage” that will help the users get rid of that extra junk and media files received on WhatsApp.
It was further clarified that the features will not affect the messages sent or received prior to enabling the setting.
How to enable the disappearing messages features?
The disappearing messages feature can be enabled by users in individual chats, while only group admins can turn it on or off on groups. 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.
Media received will be automatically downloaded to photos. If disappearing messages are turned on, media sent to the chat will disappear, but will be saved on the phone if auto-download is switched on. The message will not disappear in the forwarded chat if it is forwarded to another chat with disappearing messages setting turned off.
Disappearing messages will be included in the backup if the user creates a backup before the message disappears. Disappearing messages will be deleted when a user restores from a backup. WhatsApp recommends its users to use the feature only with trusted individuals since users can still forward, copy and take screenshots of the disappearing message before it vanishes.
The messaging app also rolled out a storage management tool to its platform, making it easier for users to manage space on their devices. This comes after WhatsApp's 2 billion users complained about the lack of space on the messaging app. The feature will roll out to users worldwide by the end of this week.
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