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Delete WhatsApp Messages After 24 Hours Or 7 Days Tested Recently

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The developers of the instant messenger WhatsApp have been working for a long time on a function with which messages can be automatically deleted after a certain period of time. An option that makes messages disappear after 24 hours has recently been tested.

Automatic WhatsApp Message deletion also possible after seven days

That comes from a tweet from WABetaInfo. Last year WhatsApp was given the opportunity to send messages that disappear on their own after a period of a week. It will soon be possible to delete the chats in self-destruct mode after 24 hours. With this feature, WhatsApp wants to give users more privacy by ensuring that chat histories are not stored on the recipient’s device for a long period of time.

Forwarding not excluded

Of course, the users of the messenger app should note that the recipients of the messages have the option of forwarding the conversation before the 24 hours have expired. In addition, screenshots of the chat history can be taken so that the messages do not necessarily disappear from the recipient’s device. The sender will still not be informed if a screenshot has been taken off a conversation.

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In addition, it is currently unclear when and whether the automatic message deletion will be built into a final version of WhatsApp after 24 hours. At the moment the function is only being tested by the developers. It is conceivable that in the future the users of the service will be able to choose between several time periods after which a message destroys itself.

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