Instant messaging app WhatsApp is working of Delete Messages feature for months. The feature essentially will delete chats after a particular time automatically. Users will be able to specify a time after which the self-destruct feature will delete the messages. The Facebook-owned app’s new feature was first in development for Android. And now it has been reported that the new feature is also being seen on iOS. Now, it has emerged that the company has changed it course about the feature. The Delete Messages feature is being developed by WhatsApp as a cleaning tool for groups. This means the feature will help admins to delete chats in groups after a stipulated time.
The feature was earlier called Disappearing Messages but it was renamed as Delete Messages later. The feature was initially spotted in the WhatsApp beta for Android. Reports say the new feature is also seen in group chats in the latest iOS beta version. Once rolled out, the feature will come with on and off buttons. Users will be given options to choose a certain time for the messages to automatically disappear. The time will vary from one hour to one year. WhatsApp’s latest beta for iOS suggests only administrators will be able to enable or disable the feature and set the time frame.
WhatsApp is working on several new features that will be released next year. And the self-destruct feature is one of the most talked about. The main objective behind the auto-delete messages is to de-clutter chats in groups that nobody may read. It will also help in managing the storage as it will disappear old chats automatically. The company will be bringing the new feature for groups and it is unlikely that it will make it to personal chats. Earlier, it was reported that the feature will be available for both group and individual chats. Notably, the feature is different from the Delete For Everyone feature that already exists in the app.