Disappearing messages is one of the most-awaited features on WhatsApp. It is likely that the social media platform may soon get this new feature. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has created a FAQ page on the upcoming feature, revealing detailed information about it.
As per the FAQ page, one can send messages that disappear on WhatsApp by enabling disappearing messages. It will be available for both individual and group chats. Once enabled, new messages sent in chat(s) will disappear after seven days. This, however, will not affect old messages sent and received in the chat. For group chats, however, the feature will be available to the Group Admin only.
Although the message will disappear automatically after seven days if a user does not open WhatsApp, the preview of the message might still be displayed in notifications until WhatsApp is opened. 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.
In case a disappearing message is forwarded to a chat with disappearing messages off, the message won’t disappear in the forwarded chat. That means the message will stay on forever for such chats. Further, if a user creates a backup before a message disappears, the disappearing message will be included in the backup. However, it will be deleted when a user restores from a backup.
For the media shared as disappearing chat is concerned, it will be automatically downloaded to your photo gallery by default. Although media sent in the chat will disappear it will be saved on the individual’s phone if auto-download is on.
The WhatsApp FAQ page also has a precautionary note which advises users to use disappearing messages with trusted individuals. For example, it’s possible for someone to forward/take a screenshot of a disappearing message and save it before it disappears or copy and save content from the disappearing message before it disappears.