WhatsApp could soon let you set disappearing messages to 24 hours

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WhatsApp is already working to improve a feature it added a while ago–disappearing message. The chat app is reportedly testing the ability to set it for 24 hours. Currently, you can set a message to disappear after seven days, but that could change soon.

According to WabetaInfo, the Facebook-owned app is already testing the feature and could be available if all goes well. I always thought this should have been the case the first time the feature was rolled out a while ago, but that was not to be.

How does a disappearing message feature work? 

The feature works by allowing you to set a timer on WhatsApp following which a conversation between you and your contact will disappear at the expiration of seven days. It means your messages will disappear after 24 hours, which adds an extra layer of privacy to your conversation while using the chat app.

That said, it is important to stress that this does not stop a recipient or someone else from screenshotting your message before it vanishes at the expiration of the set period or time. Perhaps, we could have such a feature sometime in the future, but for now, we will just make do with what we have.

After weeks of testing, WhatsApp started rolling out its much-talked about disappearing message to some beta testers last November.. Reports of a disappearing feature were first broken by WABetaInfo, which was later confirmed by WhatsApp a couple of days ago. Now, it seems the Facebook-owned app is all set to roll out the feature—expect a slow roll out.

A couple of weeks before that time, WABetaInfo had reported that your media including videos and photos will also disappear after seven days. While your messages, photos and videos will disappear after seven days, there is nothing stopping someone from taking a screenshot of them before they are deleted.

This week, WhatsApp finally added voice and video calls to desktop after months of waiting. The feature, which allows you to make end-to-end voice and video calls on desktop, ends months of speculations.

The Facebook-owned chap app officially announced the availability of the feature via its Twitter page. With this, you can now make video calls the same way you do on mobile—and it is end-to-end encryption.

Sometimes you just need a little more space. Secure and reliable, end-to-end encrypted voice and video calls are now available on our desktop app.”

Of course, you must have installed the desktop version of the app on your system, and have it connected with the one on your phone to get started. Once this is done, you can now start making calls from your desktop to other WhatsApp users.

Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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