WhatsApp’s “disappearing messages” feature is finally available in India, and users can now use it on all platforms, namely WhatsApp for Android, iOS, desktop, KaiOS and Web. However, the user must manually enable the feature, and as WhatsApp explained, the messages (including media files) under this message will automatically disappear after 7 days. The disappearing message function can also be used in group chats; however, the enable/disable option is only up to the administrator to decide. The Facebook-owned company warned that it should be used with “trusted” users, because anyone can take a screenshot at any time.
To enable this feature (personal chat) on WhatsApp for Android and iOS devices, users will need to open WhatsApp chat> tap the contact name> tap the disappeared message> if prompted, tap’Continue’> select Open. The Facebook-owned company stated that the same method can be used for WhatsApp desktop, Web and KaiOS. Likewise, the same method applies to disabling the disappearing message function.
Given that to enable this feature on the WhatsApp group, administrators using Android or iOS apps need to open the WhatsApp group chat> click the group name> click the disappeared message> if prompted, click “Continue”> choose to open. The methods of WhatsApp Desktop and WhatsApp Web are the same. On the other hand, group administrators who use the WhatsApp KaiOS app need to open the WhatsApp group chat> click the group name> click the disappeared message> if prompted, click continue> choose to open.
After enabling this feature, the chat box will display a message to both parties, indicating that the message that WhatsApp disappeared is now activated. However, whenever this feature is enabled/disabled, the messaging platform will not send notifications. Earlier, WhatsApp also warned that if the disappeared message is forwarded to a group chat or personal chat, the forwarded disappeared message will not disappear. Likewise, if the user created a backup before the message was automatically deleted, the file will now be permanently saved. In addition, if automatic download is enabled (it is enabled by default), the media files will be saved on the smartphone, but will disappear from the chat after 7 days. In addition, if you specifically reply to a message that disappears in the chat, the quoted message text may still be visible even after 7 days.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp also explained that previous messages or media files will not be affected until the “missing messages” option is enabled. If the user does not see this option, it is recommended that they obtain the latest version of the app from the corresponding app store.