Code within the latest WhatsApp beta for Android points to a new “Disappearing Messages” feature that’s currently under development.
WhatsApp is working on a few new features that will be available in its next updates. One of these, according to WABetaInfo, is an important feature that’s been spotted in WhatsApp beta 2.19.275. “Disappearing Messages,” while not available yet, is in development, and you won’t find it in the latest WhatsApp beta.
The Disappearing Messages feature is precisely what its name suggests. Certain messages will be automatically deleted from a chat within a specific time-frame. The feature can be turned on or off in Group settings, and specific expiration time can be set for messages.
The current preset expiration times are either “off,” 5 seconds, or 1 hour. When this is set, messages within the chat will simply disappear within that interval, and no trace of them will be available after that. And no, you won’t be able to find them in deleted messages.
According to WABetaInfo, the feature is currently in alpha, so WhatsApp is just starting to work on it. Thus, there seems to be no ETA available to tell when it will be available to users.
Will the ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature be available to private chats as well? More than likely.
📝 WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.275: what’s new?
WhatsApp is working on new features. In this version there are hidden tracks about Disappearing Messages! ⏱ https://t.co/gZVACz3CMA
NOTE: The feature is under development and it will be visible in future.
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) October 1, 2019