The WhatsApp messaging platform continues to work to improve its disappearing messages feature with a new set of options to allow people to choose exactly when those messages will be deleted.
According to WhatsApp watchers WABetaInfoWhatsApp is now testing users’ ability to select from multiple options, giving them the power to decide how long a message will live before being deleted. In its current form, the beta version allows options that include 24 hours, seven days, and 90 days.
The report also notes that WhatsApp will allow users to set a default timer, ensuring that all future messages disappear after a set period of time.
You can also set a default message timer for new chats. What does it mean? If you enable the “Default Message Timer” within the WhatsApp privacy settings, all new chats will start with the Disappearing Messages option enabled for the selected duration. Please note that when you set the default message timer, your existing chats and new groups will not start on the default timer.
It is still unclear when WhatsApp will release its disappearing message enhancements to the masses and its current beta version of TestFlight is complete. Hopefully we all get in on the act sooner rather than later – better disappearing message controls could help make WhatsApp one of the best iPhone apps for people who want to be able to send messages that don’t stay forever.