Self-Destructing Messages Within 24 Hours: WhatsApp’s Brand New Feature Update Is All Set To Roll Out

WhatsApp messenger has been in the news for quite a while now, at times the reason being their new privacy policy update controversy and these days for their new self-destructing messages feature. The feature was put into effect earlier this year, which lets the users send and receive texts that automatically delete after a week, but once the feature is enabled, it deletes all the messages after 7 days whether you want it not.

Despite the backlash received on their new privacy policy update which came at the start of 2021 which cost them millions of followers, who switched to Telegram and Signal within a span of few days, the social media messaging platform is going to continue with the update in the future.

But according to WABetaInfo, an app researching platform, a new update will enable the users to choose to delete it in between 24 hours to 7 days.

News is that after the successful launch reviews of auto-delete messages, WhatsApp is also planning on bringing an auto-delete feature of images in iOS as well as Android, in which images will disappear once you open it and leave a chat. This update will be useful for privacy reasons since the picture cannot be saved on the device or exported anywhere, although the screenshot detection is not implemented for now.

For this feature, once you select a picture, there will be a clock-like icon displayed beside the write message bar, tap on the icon to set the timer.

The Facebook-owned messaging company is apparently copying the feature that Snapchat has had for a long time, and which is why people feel safer sending pictures there. Last quarter of the previous year the userbase increased by 150 percent.

The new update is in the testing mode for now, and it is not confirmed if the feature will remain permanently or discontinued after a while, i.e., according to WABetaInfo.

Also, the WhatsApp version and and more updated version in India, Brazil, Indonesia, and a few other countries have a new update in which the users are able to avail third party stickers via the app called Sticker Maker and create and import animated or static sticker packs although the users will need to have three sticker packs at the minimum for them to import.

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