WhatsApp Plans to Launch Self Destructing Audio Messages in an Upcoming Update

Self destructing messages, which is another way of saying messages that delete themselves automatically after a certain time period has elapsed, have been quite popular. WhatsApp introduced them because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up granting most privacy to its users. It turns out that the messaging platform is planning to introduce a similar feature for audio messages as well.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that these audio messages will only be listenable for a single play. Once the message has been played, the audio message will be deleted from the chat history, thereby making it harder for sensitive information to fall into the wrong hands than might have been the case otherwise.

What’s more, these messages will not be capable of being forwarded to any other party with all things having been considered and taken into account. That will further improve security, allowing users to send private information without worrying about who might listen to it.

These messages won’t be saved on your phone, nor would they stick around on WhatsApp’s databases for any duration whatsoever. Users will be excited to utilize this feature whenever it gets released, but in spite of the fact that this is the case it is still only in the beta testing phase and there is no information about when it might get a wider rollout.

While testing this feature out, WhatsApp also tested disappearing groups. These groups will be time limited, and rather than individual messages disappearing after a set time period, the entire group will be deleted in its entirety along with all of its messaging history.

Updates like these are crucial if WhatsApp wants to provide users with the level of security that they have come to expect. WhatsApp is the only Meta property that does not have any strong competitors, so the corporation will likely continue to lean on the messaging platform for the foreseeable future as Facebook and Instagram struggle to find their footing.

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