The latest beta version of WhatsApp sees the popular messaging app add something rather peculiar: Deleting Messages.
Now, before you start thinking “didn’t they already roll this out?”, this new feature refers to basically messages that have a lifespan between 1 hour and one year. So basically, self destructing messages, which in all honesty is kind of cool, I guess.
If you haven’t already figured it out, users will basically soon have the option to set their messages to disappear after a set period of time. If you’ve enrolled yourself in the Google Play Beta Program, then you can actually try out the feature for yourself in the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.282 version. If you haven’t and you really can’t wait, you could always download an APK.
The feature, which is apparently much awaited, will first roll out for group chats and can be enabled by the group’s administrators. Once it’s been enabled, users in that group can toggle the feature in the contact info or group settings section.
Upon it’s full roll out, the feature will be compartmentalized under the “Delete Message” option that already exists. So it will now show a toggle on/off button and users will be able to choose a particular time interval for the messages to disappear. Your options are 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month and 1 year.
It’s interesting that WhatsApp took this long to roll out the feature when other messaging apps such as Snapchat and Telegram had already done this a long time ago. Better late than never though, I guess.