WhatsApp to Delete Messages After 7 Days
The Print
Nov 27, 2020

WhatsApp introduces a ‘Disappearing Message’ feature that deletes messages after seven days. Watch our latest video to learn more.

WhatsApp has introduced a ‘Disappearing Message’ feature that deletes messages after seven days. If a user doesn't open WhatsApp in the seven-day period, the message will disappear. To enable this feature, users have to tap on a contact’s name, click on disappearing messages, and then click on ‘On’. The feature will only apply to messages sent or received in a chat after ‘disappearing messages’ is enabled. For individual chats, either user can switch on the disappearing messages feature, but in group chats, only the group admin will be able to do so. If disappearing messages are turned on, media sent in the chat will disappear but will be saved on the phone if auto-download is on. WhatsApp said for now disappearing message feature will delete messages after 7 days. But they tweak the number of days later. 

WhatsApp said, “ “WhatsApp messages often live on our phones forever. While it’s great to hold onto memories from friends and family, most of what we send doesn’t need to be everlasting. We’re starting with 7 days because we think it offers peace of mind that conversations aren’t permanent while remaining practical so you don’t forget what you were chatting about. The shopping list or store address you received a few days ago will be there while you need it, and then disappear after you don’t.”