WhatsApp messages: users finally have more control

WhatsApp now gives users more control over messages. (Image source: GIGA)

More control and flexibility for WhatsApp users: additional time periods can now be selected for the self-deleting messages on Android and iOS. The option is also available for group chats.

WhatsApp: Automatically delete sent messages

Messenger WhatsApp has long offered the option of sending messages not persisting forever. If desired, messages can be set to disappear after a certain point in time. WhatsApp is now more flexible and allowed here different time periods, both on Android and iOS.

Previously it looked like the expiring messages will be removed after seven days. Now there are other options 24 hours or 90 days to disposal. If a message is really only to be read briefly, then the 24 hours are recommended. The 90 days, on the other hand, are ideal if the message should be deleted but remain legible for a long time.

In addition, you can now optionally set that the self-deleting messages Enabled by default for all new chats are. This also applies to group chats, although only the group creator can make a global setting here. In individual and group chats, all participants can see whether the self-deleting messages are activated.

The new settings for temporary messages can be found on WhatsApp under “Data protection”. Here are the options “Standard message duration” ready (source: WhatsApp).

More about self-erasing messages can be found in the video:

WhatsApp: Photos and videos for one-time view

The self-erasing messages go well with another feature that WhatsApp introduced back in August 2021. Videos and photos can be sent in such a way that the recipient can only view them once. Thereafter the files disappear from the chat.


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