WhatsApp publishes FAQ on upcoming Disappearing Messages feature

WhatsApp publishes FAQ on upcoming Disappearing Messages feature

Then, in July, WhatsApp started testing the feature in version 2.20.197.4 beta with a couple of UI improvements and a universal seven-day expiration timer.

Copy and save content from the disappearing message before it disappears.

There are several privacy warnings that users should have in mind when enabling the disappearing messages on WhatsApp. A new report surfaced online suggests the disappearing messages feature will delete the chats after seven days.

Chat will be safe in Google Drive: It has also been reported that if the user makes a backup of the chat and saves it in Google Drive before it is deleted, they will be able to restore the message again.

The Facebook-owned messaging company also highlights that the disappearing messages should be sent to a "trusted" WhatsApp user as one can always take a screenshot. And if the user does not open WhatsApp for seven days, the message will automatically disappear. The FAQ page further explains that if an individual replies to a disappearing message by quoting it, the quoted text might remain in the chat even after seven days.

Credit WABetaInfo
Credit WABetaInfo

While the disappearing messages feature is undoubtedly a handy addition to the messaging platform, WhatsApp isn't adding essential security features to prevent users from saving disappearing messages before they're removed from the chat.

At first glance, the new disappearing messages that will come bundled with WhatsApp is by no means an alternative to Telegram's self-destructing messages available in secret chats. In an individual chat, either user can turn disappearing messages on or off. However a confirmed date of the launch has not been revealed as of yet.

Some part of a disappearing message may still remain visible under certain circumstances.

What happens to media in "disappearing messages"? It is, however, yet to be available to users. Messages sent or received before disappearing messages is enabled won't be affected. Both of these behaviors are rather unusual, as you'd think even a quoted self-deleting message would be omitted (leaving the reply only) and that forwarding these ephemeral messages wouldn't be possible. Once disabled, messages sent in the chat will no longer disappear.

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