WhatsApp may soon extend its endangered messages feature to 90 days
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(Pocket-lint) – WhatsApp appears to be testing an extension to its endangered messages feature, with items sent in individual chats potentially online for an option to expire after 90 days.
The feature was first discovered by WABetaInfo in the 126.96.36.199 beta update, which shows how the messaging app plans to give users more time for self-deleting messages.
Currently, the app’s disappearing messages feature only allows users to delete messages after seven days. More recently it also tested 24 hour messages, and now that has been added to that three month option.
Those two alternative calendars aren’t live yet, of course, but it’s clear that WhatsApp wants to develop the feature further. And if they’re rolling out to users soon, as seems likely, we also imagine that the one-week option will remain, giving users a total of three choices.
This would also be added to the recent rollout of “view once” photos and videos, which disappear after being opened by the recipient. As with deleting text messages, this feature comes in handy for those occasions when you want to send a photo with a password, for example, that you don’t want to save or share.
While these potential features would represent an encouraging step forward for one of the world’s most popular email clients, it’s still important to remember that it is still quite far behind Telegram and Signal when it comes to responsive chat features.
And, as we say, it’s unclear when – or even if – WhatsApp will decide to fully roll out this feature to iOS and Android users. We will keep you posted if this one develops further.
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Written by Conor Allison. Originally published on .